Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bet they're faked (not)

I'm not a great one for conspiracy theories, in the end it always seems to be that people can always find some evidence to prove what they want to believe no matter what. The Twin Towers attack is one of those with people constantly coming up with "proof" that it was a controlled detonation or the panes were added to the films after or even it was the wrong sort of plane.
The Moon landings are another case in point, with accusations that they all took place on a massive sound stage, that the flag waved in the breeze when a door was opened, all foundering on the simple fact that if it was a conspiracy, it would have involved hundreds of people and not one has ever come forward to admit it, ever.
For many it is one of the human race’s greatest achievements - but ever since that first ‘giant leap for mankind’ there are some who have questioned whether man really did land on the moon.
Now, though, there’s photographic evidence so powerful that even the most hardened sceptics should be persuaded that we really did touch down on the lunar surface.
Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) has taken new photographs of the surface that clearly show astronaut footprints, the lunar rover and spacecraft scorch marks.

I don't doubt for a second someone will be along in a minute or two to tell us these pics are fakes, though to my mind, the USA's crowning scientific achievement has always been its lunar landing program. I listened to it back in 1969 with most of the rest of the world and was thrilled by it as much as I expect any American was too. Why some people had to try and spoil it I don't know, but the rumours were always persistant if having little or no evidence to back it up. Even the flag in the breeze was explained

Still, I was pleased to see the pics, they proved to me at least that something I felt was right is actually right.

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Bill said...

I always find it bizarre how people put their faith in pictures produced by the state when it is so easy to prove with your own camera just how easy it is to make a picture show two different things to two different people. Not to mention how easily Hollywood can manufacture any reality it wants.

My trust in all things state is at an all time low. With that said if these are real surely the credit should go to the Chinese as they now bankroll America!

The Boiling Frog said...

What a lot people forget is that the moon landings were an extension of the cold war - and the first time the U.S. had beaten them in the space race.

The Russians therefore had tracked the moon craft all the way. Had there been any kind of 'fakery' they would have kicked up an enormous fuss on a gigantic scale - they didn't. Says it all

John Pickworth said...

I had one of these conversations just a few days before the latest photos on the moon's surface were released - and I was aware that this probe was on the case and would eventually produce the goodies.

Anyway, I was asked how I could be sure that the moon landings weren't faked? Simple. It would have been a massively more complicated task to fake it than putting a handful of test pilots into a tin can and lighting the blue touch paper.

Seriously, think about it. If someone were to give you an unlimited budget and resources it wouldn't be too many weeks before you concluded that it was easier to do it for real than 'hope' you could pull off a flawless re-enactment.

Similarly, the oft made claim that the 9/11 hijackings were cover to explain the CIA's planting of explosives in the WTC. Come on, seriously! Why not simply dress a few blokes in pantomime terrorist costumes and magic up some CCTV of them lighting the fuse immediately before the explosions?

Like I say, the conspiracy theories are usually much more convoluted. complex and expensive than the actual real-life event.