The Moon Landing Conspiracy – Unexplained Objects

Apollo 12’s lunar lander touched down on November the 19th, 1969 It was only four months since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by setting the first human feet on the surface of the Moon

It was a huge media event, broadcast live around the world and watched by nearly 600 million people The Apollo 12 mission was followed by comparatively few people There was no live transmission, so the public had to rely on official photographs, taken by astronauts Charles Conrad Jr and Alan Bean Among the many photos of Bean and Conrad on the Moon, observers noticed something odd about this particular picture

Reflected in the visor is a mysterious object, apparently floating in the air To this day, no-one has been able to explain what it is At first, it was thought the object reflected in the visor was just one part of the large equipment the astronauts brought with them to the Moon Given it was so high in the air, it makes sense for it to be part of the Lunar Module, which was the only manmade thing tall enough But when we look at pictures of the Lunar Module, there is no sign of an armature or antenna reaching out that high

Furthermore, the Module can be seen in the background of the photo So what is the reflected object? Could it be a UFO? If it were, conspiracy theorists have chosen not to add it to the list of evidence towards a NASA cover-up of UFO sightings In fact, there is surprisingly little evidence connecting the Apollo missions to UFOs There is a controversial transcript of a transmission from Armstrong and Aldrin on Apollo 11, in which they describe seeing a UFO outside their craft But there is little else besides – even Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the Moon and a fervent believer in alien UFOs, said in 2014 that he had never seen a UFO

If the conspiracy community at large and leading campaigners for UFO disclosure do not believe the mysterious object was a UFO, then it must be something else If you look closely, you can see it has a cuboidal body with three blade-like parts protruding from it This closely resembles a Fresnel light with barn doors attached, commonly used in TV studios Furthermore, in other images it is clear that shadows are not cast at the same angle, despite there being only one light source on the Moon: the Sun It is odd that even in deep shadow, the astronauts are clearly visible

More photographic evidence from the Apollo 15 mission shows the same background in two different photos According to NASA, these pictures were taken several kilometres apart And in this famous image from the Apollo 11 mission, this rock appears to be a prop marked with the letter ‘C’ Given all these discrepancies, it seems more likely that there is a backdrop in all the footage and photographs of the Moon Landings The astronauts were pictured on a black and white set, with Fresnel lights to counteract the overpowering strength of the key light – that is, a large spotlight standing in for the Sun

The mountains on the horizon aren’t really kilometres away, it’s a trick of perspective Rather conveniently, Alan Bean accidentally pointed his camera at the Sun when they first landed, so there was no live broadcast or recorded footage of his time on the Moon Photos like this were the only proof of his trip And this reflection seems to prove it didn’t really happen The possibility of the Moon Landings being a hoax was first raised by Bill Kaysing in 1976

Kaysing identified yet more photographic oddities For instance, there is clearly no blast crater under the lunar module in photos from any of the missions There is also a complete absence of stars in all the photos And there are waves in the flags, despite there being no wind on the Moon However, science and NASA disagree with conspiracy theorists

NASA says the waves in the flags are just creases from the way they were stored on the long journey The lack of blast craters is to be expected in a low gravity environment like the Moon – the module's thrusters aren't very powerful because they don't need to be It is akin to how the pavement doesn't crack when you jump up and down It is also expected that the horizon would look similar from two places several kilometres apart The Moon is so small that it's horizon is twice as close to the viewer as it is on Earth

It also doesn't have an atmosphere containing dust and fog, so distances are very difficult to judge on the Moon’s surface Consequently, you would have to travel very far to get a new perspective on the same range of moonhills There are no stars in the background because the Sun's glare is too bright for them to shine through It's the same reason that we can't see stars on Earth during the day The shadows cast by different objects are at different angles because the objects themselves were at different angles, and the surface of the Moon is uneven

If the shadows were due to multiple studio lights, there would be multiple shadows for each object too And the astronauts are illuminated even in deep shade because of light reflected off the Moon’s surface onto their white suits Meanwhile, the original photograph of the prop rock shows that there is no ‘C’ Instead NASA says that a hair or other particle got on it during the process of reproducing the picture for mass distribution But NASA still hasn't explained that strange reflection in the visor

The best they have offered is a blanket excuse, that every smudge, mark or peculiar shape on their photos is just a blemish picked up through handling Ultimately it is a matter of whether you take NASA at its word, or choose to believe your own eyes

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