Interesting... Did man really walk on the Moon ???

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  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 10:54:24 -0500 (EST)

Interesting theory

Did man really walk on the Moon ???

 *    Cover Story Did man really walk on the Moon or was it the ultimate
camera trick, asks David Milne?

 The greater lunar lie In the early hours of May 16, 1990, after a week
spent watching old video footage of man on the Moon, a thought was
into an obsession in the mind of Ralph Rene.

 "How can the flag be fluttering," the 47 year old American kept asking
himself, "when there's no wind on the atmosphere free Moon?"

 That moment was to be the beginning of an incredible Space odyssey for
self- taught engineer from New Jersey. started investigating the Apollo
 Moon landings, scouring every NASA film, photo and report with a
sense of wonder, until finally reaching an awesome conclusion:
 America had never put a man on the Moon. The giant leap for mankind was

 It is of course the conspiracy theory to end all conspiracy theories.
 But Rene has now put all his findings into a startling book entitled
Mooned America. Published by himself, it's being sold by mail order -
and is
a compelling read.

 The story lifts off in 1961 with Russia firing Yuri Gagarin into space,
leaving a panicked America trailing in the space race. At an emergency
meeting of Congress, President Kennedy proposed the ultimate face saver,
a man on the Moon. With an impassioned speech he secured the plan an
unbelievable 40 billion dollars.

 And so, says Rene (and a growing number of astro-physicists are
to agree with him), the great Moon hoax was born. Between1969 and 1972,
seven Apollo ships headed to the Moon. Six claim to have made it, with
ill fated Apollo 13 - whose oxygen tanks apparently exploded halfway -
the only casualties. But with the exception of the known rocks, which
have been easily mocked up in a lab, the photographs and film footage
the only proof that the Eagle ever landed. And Rene believes they're

 For a start, he says, the TV footage was hopeless. The world tuned in
watch what looked like two blurred white ghosts gambol threw rocks and
Part of the reason for the low quality was that, strangely, NASA
provided no
direct link up. So networks actually had to film "man's greatest
achievement" from a TV screen in Houston -a deliberate ploy, says Rene,
that nobody could properly examine it.

 By contrast, the still photos were stunning. Yet that's just the
The astronauts took thousands of pictures, each one perfectly exposed
sharply focused. Not one was badly composed or even blurred.
 As Rene  points out, that's not all:

 - The cameras had no white meters or view ponders. So the astronauts
achieved this feet without being able to see what they were doing.

 - There film stock was unaffected by the intense peaks and powerful
radiation on the Moon, conditions that should have made it useless.

 - They managed to adjust their cameras, change film and swap filters in
pressurized clubs. It should have been almost impossible to end their

 Award winning British photographer David passer is convinced the
are fake. His astonishing findings are explained alongside the pictures
these pages, but the basic points are as follows:

 - The shadows could only have been created with multiple light sources
in particular, powerful spotlights. But the only light sauce on the Moon
the sun.

 - The American flag and the words "United States" are always brightly
even when everything around is in shadow.

 - Not one still picture matches the film footage, yet NASA claims both
shot at the same time.

 - The pictures are so perfect, each one would have taken a slick
advertising agency hours to put them together. But the astronauts
managed it

 David Persey believes the mistakes were deliberate, left there by
blowers", who were keen for the truth to one day get out.

 If Persey is right and the pictures are fake, then we've only NASA's
that man ever went to the Moon. And, asks Rene, why would anyone fake
pictures of an event that actually happened?

 The questions don't stop there. Outer space is awash with deadly
that emanates from solar flares firing out from the sun.

 Standard astronauts orbiting earth in near space, like those who
fixed the Hubble telescope, are protected by the earth's Van Allen belt.
the Moon is to 240,000 miles distant, way outside this safe band. And,
during the Apollo flights, astronomical data shows there were no less
1,485 such flares.

 John Mauldin, a physicist who works for NASA, once said shielding at
two meters thick would be needed. Yet the walls of the Lunar Landers
took astronauts from the spaceship to the moons surface were, said NASA,
"about the thickness of heavy duty aluminum foil".

 How could that stop this deadly radiation? And if the astronauts were
protected by their space suits, why didn't rescue workers use such
protective gear at the Chernobyl meltdown, which released only a
fraction of
the dose astronauts would encounter? Not one Apollo astronaut ever
contracted cancer - not even the Apollo 16 crew who were on their way to
Moon when a big flare started. "They should have been fried," says Rene.

 Furthermore, every Apollo mission before number 11 (the first to the
was plagued with around 20,000 defects a-piece. Yet, with the exception
Apollo 13, NASA claims there wasn't one major technical problem  on any
their Moon missions. Just one effect could have blown the whole thing.
odds against these are so unlikely that God must have been the
says Rene.

 Several years after NASA claimed its first Moon landing, Buzz Aldrin -
second man on the Moon" - was asked at a banquet what it felt like to
on to the lunar surface. Aldrin staggered to his feet and left the room
crying uncontrollably. It would not be the last time he did this.

 "It strikes me he's suffering from trying to live out a very big

 Aldrin may also fear for his life. Virgil Grissom, a NASA astronaut who
baited the Apollo programme, was due to pilot Apollo 1 as part of the
landings build up. In January 1967, he hung a lemon on his Apollo
(in the US, unroadworthy cars are called lemons) and told his wife
"if there is ever a serious accident in the space programme, it's likely
be me."

 Nobody knows what fuelled his fears, but by the end of the month he and
two co- pilots were dead, burnt to death during a test run when their
capsule, pumped full of high pressure pure oxygen, exploded.

 Scientists couldn't believe NASA's carelessness - even a chemistry
in high school knows high pressure oxygen is extremely explosive.

 In fact, before the first manned Apollo fight even cleared the launch
a total of 11 would be astronauts were dead. Apart from the three who
incinerated, seven died in plane crashes and one in a car smash. Now
this is
a spectacular accident rate.

 "One wonders if these 'accidents' weren't NASA's way of correcting
mistakes," says Rene. "Of saying that some of these men didn't have the
of 'right stuff' they were looking for."

 NASA wont respond to any of these claims, their press office will only
that the Moon landings happened and the pictures are real.

 But a NASA public affairs officer called Julian Scheer once delighted
guests at a private party with footage of astronauts apparently on a
landscape. It had been made on a mission film set and was identical to
NASA claimed was they real lunar landscape.

 "The purpose of this film," Scheer told the enthralled group, "is to
indicate that you really can fake things on the ground, almost to
of deception." He then invited his audience to "come to your own
about whether or not man actually did walk on the Moon".

 A sudden attack of honesty? You bet, says Rene, who claims the only
thing about the Apollo missions were the lift offs. The astronauts
have to be on board, he says, in case the rocket exploded. "It was the
easiest way to ensure NASA wasn't left with three astronauts who ought
to be
dead," he claims, adding that they came down a day or so later, out of
public eye (global surveillance wasn't what it is now) and into the safe
hands of NASA officials, who whisked them off to prepare for the big day
week later.

 And now NASA is planning another giant step - project Outreach, a 1
trillion dollar manned mission to Mars. "Think what they'll be able to
up with today's computer graphics," says Rene Chillingly.

 "Special effects was in its infancy in the 60s. This time round will
no way of determining the truth."

 Space oddities

 - Apollo 14 astronaut Allen Shepard played golf on the Moon. In front
of a
worldwide TV audience, Mission Control teased him about slicing the ball
the right. Yet a slice is caused by uneven air flow over the ball. The
has no atmosphere and no air.
 - A camera panned upwards to catch Apollo 16's Lunar Lander lifting off
Moon. Who did the filming?

 - One NASA picture from Apollo 11 is looking up at Neil Armstrong about
take his giant step for mankind. The photographer must have been lying
the planet surface. If Armstrong was the first man on the Moon, then who
took the shot?

 The pressure inside a space suit was greater than inside a football.
astronauts should have been puffed out like the Michelin Man, but were
freely bending their joints.

 - The Moon landings took place during the Cold War. Why didn't America
a signal on the move that could be seen from earth?

 The PR would have been phenomenal and it could have been easily done
magnesium flares.

 Text from pictures in the article Only two men walked on the Moon
the Apollo 12 mission. Yet the astronaut reflected in the visor has no
camera. Who took the shot?

 The flags shadow goes behind the rock so doesn't match the dark line in
foreground, which looks like a line cord. So the shadow to the lower
of the spaceman must be the flag. Where is his shadow? And why is the
fluttering? How can the flag be brightly lit when its side on to the
And where, in all of these shots, are the stars?

 The Lander weighed 17 tons yet the astronauts feet seem to have made a
bigger dent in the dust. The powerful booster rocket at the base of the
Lunar Lander was fired to slow descent to the moons service. Yet it has
no traces of blasting on the dust underneath. It should have created a
crater, yet the booster looks like it's never been fired.

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