Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon

One of few photographs showing astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Since he was the first to descend from the lunar module, he took most of the photographs of the event.

Image courtesy NASA via Wikipedia.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

do we care anymore....does it even matter?????

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 5:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what are the different ways that filming is possible in space? wouldn't it be affected by the conditions?

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 5:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the moon landing was completely staged and filmed in hollywood.

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 3:44pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

I guess I could state that you're delusional. And I could point to your statement about the moon-landing being staged as proof of my hypothesis, unless of course you could disprove my statement by presenting definitive proof for your statement.

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 6:55pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Why would NASA film something in Hollywood?

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 3:54pm
John R. Washburn's picture
John R. Washburn says:

I believe in the Moon landing.

I think there is sufficient evidence that this event ocurred and for those that are skeptical since we have not been back for a few decades...keep in mind that NASA has a limited budget and has other projects in store such as putting humans on Mars. NASA is going back to the Moon between 2015 and 2020 with hopes of building a permanent station on the lunar surface. This will pave the way for civilian colonies and also serve as a refeuling point for ships traveling across the solar system in the future.

Also private companies such as Virgin Galactic will be part of the process since they are expecting to make large profits from space tourism and trips to the Moon colonies when built.

Let's stop questioning NASA and write to Congress and the White House asking for NASA's budget to be increased so that they can finish projects sooner such as the Moon habitization.

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 2:19pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

The flag isn't flapping. We've covered this previously in some of the above comments. A conspiracy of this magnitude (faking the moon landing) just isn't possible. Have you ever shared a secret with one person and told them not to tell anyone else? Odds are they told someone else (just like you told someone else). Now multiply that possibility by tens of thousands of people who worked for NASA's Apollo program. At some point the truth would get out. So far there's been no disgruntled whistle-blowers or deathbed confessions.

posted on Sun, 03/08/2009 - 11:45am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

A few months back, I read something that made me think of this. There was an astronaut (on the ISS, maybe?) answering readers' questions via a blog. Someone asked whether anyone had ever, you know, done it in space. Done sex.

My first thought was, "Of course. It's been done pretty much everywhere else."

But the astronaut said that there was no doubt in his mind about the answer: it had never happened. The reason being that some dude or lady would have talked about it at some point, and he had never heard peep of anything like it. Something as supremely braggable as that, and no one has ever even hinted at it? Didn't happen.

Same goes for the moon landing. Not one of the hundreds or thousands of people involved in (supposedly) faking one of the most exciting things human beings have ever done, and no one has ever come out? Not, as mdr points out, on their deathbeds? Not to the news for a quick hundred thousand dollars during a career low? Not as a drunken pickup line at bar-close? Whatevs.

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 4:08pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

The James Bond movie "Moonraker" ends with a triumphant 007 making love to his "Bond Girl" in the zero gravity environment of a spacecraft. Of course, it's just movie making, but that would give us some concepts about sex in space.

posted on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 10:53am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Several years ago, I saw a play written by a friend of mine called "Lunacy" which dealt with women astronaut candidates. In fact, when I googled the title I discovered the playwright had written an article about it last month during the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. She doesn't mention it, but in my memory there was some reference in the play of women being trained by NASA with the idea that part of their function in the space program would be for sexual purposes. I can't swear that wasn't my own fantasy but I seem to remember it being part of the play.

posted on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

those pictures are fake. there is no wind on the moon,therefore the flag should'nt be flapping.

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:28pm
Regi C.Jose's picture
Regi C.Jose says:

Is it possible to view the video pics of man's lunar landing?
if possible, please give me the link.

Regi.C.Jose
State of Qatar.

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 6:31am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Regi -

There are plenty of sites out there - more than can be listed here. But after a short Google search I came across these NASA pages with film/video of each of the Apollo landings. Personally, I couldn't get any of the clips to play back on my Macintosh - I always seemed to be missing some critical QuickTime component. Why this is, I don't know. You may have better luck.

Apollo 11
Apollo 12
Apollo 14
Apollo 15
Apollo 16
Apollo 17

Here's another site with video:
First Moon landing video

I also came across this story about lost video of the Apollo 11 mission. Pretty interesting.
One Giant Screwup for Mankind

And when all else fails go to YouTube. These are just two of the videos that came up when I did a search for "Apollo 11".

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 10:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

astronaut looks like a transparent ghost in the video-first lunar landing. why is it that the video qualities are so bad? with better technology now, why don't we go on the moon again and film some better footage?

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 9:58pm
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MNTPete says:

I have taken a closer look at the pic by copying it and putting it in my personal pics. This is what I found.
1) there is a second poll (horizontal) holding the flag up.
2) if there was a wind blowing wouldn'd you see dust from the fresh foot prints in the lower left of the pic or at least some wind erotion but there is not.
3) take a closer look at the right side of the flag about 60% of the way down looks like someone tried to pull it open and that is where it stayed ( low gravity mean's slower reation time for things to settle.

You ask me the Pic is real!!

posted on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 6:50pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

The Moon's temperature fluctuates wildly from extreme cold to extreme heat depending on whether it's the surface is in sunlight or out of it, and if the temperature is taken near the lunar poles or near its equator. But generally, here are some statistics:

  • Mean surface temperature (day) 107°C (224.6° F) (you could boil water!);
  • Mean surface temperature (night) -153°C (243.4° F)
  • Maximum surface temperature 123°C (253.40° F)
  • Minimum surface temperature -233°C (-387.40° F) (that's only about 70 degrees from absolute zero (459.67° F). Now that is cold!

To give you an idea how extreme these lunar temperatures are, the hottest recorded temperature on Earth is 136° F, taken in El Azizia, Libya in 1922. I experienced 115° F temperatures in Las Vegas once and that was terribly uncomfortable - just think what adding another 20 degrees would be like.

The coldest temperature on Earth was -129° F in Vostok, Antarctica in 1983. For us in Minnesota that's probably no big deal.

posted on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 4:00pm
gloria's picture
gloria says:

can you tell me about is it hot up ther

posted on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 2:42pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Google has some pretty great images of the moon's surface and maps of where the various landing sites are located.

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 7:34pm
sean's picture
sean says:

yea this is for sure fake, no atmosphere on moon, whys the flag moving like theres 60mph winds haha

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Is there a 60mph wind on the moon? Or could it be where the men on the moon move it trying to bed it in to the luna serface. Its well known that for every action there is a opposite reaction so if you move something it moves back, & not just once but until you stop it. And im affraid the only time you see it flap is when some one touches it. Also there is such a thing as solar radiation which if there is no atmosphere would move anything loose enough to move. And there is a gravity on the moon 1/5 that of earth so gravitation plays a part.....

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 4:24pm
bryan kennedy's picture

How in the world can you tell if the flag is moving based on this still photograph? The shape and wrinkles in the flag might be giving you the illusion that it is moving. But the flag is hung from two poles, one horizontal at the top and on vertical along the side. The shape of the flag is just due to its drape from the top and side poles.

This site does a great job explaining why the flag's appearance doesn't prove a moon landing hoax. Please take a moment to watch their video of a flag indoors. It doesn't move a bit and looks quite a lot like the flag in this photo, TAKEN ON THE EARTH'S MOON. A wrinkle or uneven flag doesn't prove wind or support a moon landing hoax.

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 7:31pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

DaDON - do you also wonder where the stars are here on Earth when the Sun is shining? Does their absence in the afternoon sky mean our whole existence here is fake as well? You may want to dial back watching the MATRIX for a while. And please explain how in the world can you tell by a still photograph that the flag is fluttering. It may just need ironing (or it may still be vibrating from being stuck firmly in the ground).

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 3:49pm
DaDON's picture
DaDON says:

this pic is so fake!! where are the stars? and why is the flag fluttering? the whole thing was staged right here on earth!

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 12:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The flag flutters because if you start it flapping the opposite reaction will keep it flapping. For every action there is an opposite reaction and no atmosphere means perpetual motion. You cant see stars on the moon this is because the sun is so bright and reflects off of the moon surface that is like light polution on earth, only much much worse. I hope this helps. There is one thing bugging me, if we struggled to go to to moon. With less computing power then you get in a modern day car, Why dont we go back now. especialy as we have laptops that could probably run a whole fleet of space craft. This is what makes me wonder if we ever went to the moon.......

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 4:38pm
bryan kennedy's picture

There is another great way to refute the moon hoax conspiracy theory. Several retroreflectors were left on the moon's surface as part of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment. Using the appropriate laser and telescope you can detect these reflectors still there on the moon surface.

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 2:52pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, while your totally welcome to believe what you may like, this would certainly be one of the biggest hoaxes ever pulled. Many sources, evidence, and people show that the moon landings were quite real. Here is a great article refuting one of the most popular arguments about the a moon landing hoax.

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 2:47pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

It's a real photograph.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 11:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Is this picture really fake or is it real

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 11:07am
Steve's picture
Steve says:

This is really fun. I agree it is amazing.

posted on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 11:23am
arun's picture
arun says:

this moon

posted on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 4:49am
rawad's picture
rawad says:

that is amazing

posted on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

COOL PICTURER02

posted on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 7:58pm