Apollo moon landing remnants ?

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Hi. I was just reading a thread on the distance of the moon from the earth on another thread, and it reminded me of a converstion with a guy a long time ago, that I haven't had resolved - even in my own mind.

This guy was a 'moon landing hoax' type. I was pointing out to him the absolute stupidity in thinking that all those Apollo missions were hoaxed, but he then asked me;

"Has there been any photographs taken of any of the equipment left behind ? Surely they could easily focus the Hubble telescope, or some telescope from the space station or something, to take photos of some of the equipment left behind - of which there would be a great deal ? And surely if they did that, they would debunk the many moon landing hoax theories quick smart ? So why haven't they done that ?"

I was quite stumped by that, because in truth, I dont recall ever having seen such photos, and it does seem a sure fire way to debunk said hoax theory. I've checked out the NASA info, etc, where they provide some excellent replies to the hoax theories, but you would think that they would publish some photos to cap it all off ?

Can anyone help me with this ? Perhaps a link to some photos ?
 

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In fact, they did take photos in 2009 from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Check out this site - you can even see the paths where the astronauts walked.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html

The problem with these types is that they will just say that these photos are hoaxes as well.
Thank you for the quick response. Looks pretty tight to me. As it happens, I'm seeing the guy on the weekend, and am printing the page out for him right now.
 
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Surely they could easily focus the Hubble telescope, or some telescope from the space station or something, to take photos of some of the equipment left behind - of which there would be a great deal ? And surely if they did that, they would debunk the many moon landing hoax theories quick smart ? So why haven't they done that ?
Because they are aware of the fact that those believing in hoax won't believe in pictures (classifying them automatically as a next hoax stage), and there are many much more interesting objects to take pictures of. After all NASA knows that these remnants and traces are there, so they don't have to check. In the case of LRO its task was to take as many as detailed pictures of the Moon surface as possible - so the landing sites were photographed in the process.
 
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Deleted (got my east / west mixed up)
 
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Does anyone else feel that the moon landing hoaxers lead you to believe that Columbus's landing in America was faked?
 
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Does anyone else feel that the moon landing hoaxers lead you to believe that Columbus's landing in America was faked?
It wasn't?
 
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The problem with these types is that they will just say that these photos are hoaxes as well.
Actually, having spent the last few minutes on that site reading the guest posts, I see exactly waht you mean.
 
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The guy may also believe that the earth is flat simply because he hasn't been around it to see. People who believe these sorts of things generally hold on to them no matter what. If you were to take him to the moon to see the objects he could always say, "Well, you may have just put that here to fool everyone." At which point you tell him that he has figured it all out and if he tells anyone else his life would be put in great danger. :smile:
 
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"Has there been any photographs taken of any of the equipment left behind ? Surely they could easily focus the Hubble telescope, or some telescope from the space station or something, to take photos of some of the equipment left behind - of which there would be a great deal ? And surely if they did that, they would debunk the many moon landing hoax theories quick smart ? So why haven't they done that ?"
The Hubble has a a resolution of 0.1 arcsec, which at the distance of the Moon works out to a maximum resolution of 186 meters. So even the Hubble couldn't see the equipment left behind on the Moon. That's why we have to send probes like the LRO to map the surface better.
 
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The Hubble has a a resolution of 0.1 arcsec, which at the distance of the Moon works out to a maximum resolution of 186 meters. So even the Hubble couldn't see the equipment left behind on the Moon. That's why we have to send probes like the LRO to map the surface better.
This.

In a nutshell, there's no way using pictures to "prove" to a hoaxer that we actually landed on the moon, because any picture they haven't actually taken themselves is suspect, and even ones they take themselves might be suspect if they're not sure what they're taking a picture of.

For VERY thourough debunking of moon hoax theories, I would recommend visiting http://www.clavius.org/" [Broken].
 
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This.

In a nutshell, there's no way using pictures to "prove" to a hoaxer that we actually landed on the moon, because any picture they haven't actually taken themselves is suspect, and even ones they take themselves might be suspect if they're not sure what they're taking a picture of.
In fact, I'm sure that that is a certain percentage that you could fly to the Moon to show them the artifacts in person, and they would believe that that had been faked.
 
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People who believe in these conspiracies tend to be:

1. Mentally Ill.
2. Controlling, with a need for things to "make sense"
3. Running on limited cognitive resources.

This is rarely simple naivete that can be cured with anything less than actually sending these people to the moon. In fact, these same people are probably willing to believe that such an experience can be faked. They do want, or are not able to accept reality.
 
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I wonder if any kind of tendency toward conspiracy theory can be found among animals in nature. Ants?
 
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I wonder if any kind of tendency toward conspiracy theory can be found among animals in nature. Ants?
Yes, but the big furry things with the long mouths really DO want to eat you. :)
 
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Interesting. I normally don't pay attention to "moon landing hoax threads", but this incited good info on the resolution capabilities(or should I say limitations) of the Hubble telescope.
 
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Interesting. I normally don't pay attention to "moon landing hoax threads", but this incited good info on the resolution capabilities(or should I say limitations) of the Hubble telescope.
I thought so too. And it would be interesting to eventually see higher resolution photos from NASA as stated.
 
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I think you have not paid attention - there will be no higher resolution images, as Moon landing was a hoax.
 
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I think you have not paid attention - there will be no higher resolution images, as Moon landing was a hoax.
That fallacy however, (that it was a hoax), would not preclude higher resolution images.
 
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Don't worry, I'll get on Blender and make you some higher resolution photos.
 
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Don't worry, I'll get on Blender and make you some higher resolution photos.
How are they coming along ?
 
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How are they coming along ?
lol, I haven't actually done it, but someone with enough time and patience could probably pull off a fairly convincing picture.
 
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lol, I haven't actually done it, but someone with enough time and patience could probably pull off a fairly convincing picture.
Lol .. I was ribbing you ribbing me :-)

So it seems hi res photos or lack thereof is not as important as your belief in the moon landing hoax. As was said earlier, those who believe it's a hoax would consider such photos a hoax - I mean, they would say ..

"If they could dummy up a whole moon landing, they sure as hell could dummy up a few photos".
 
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Lol .. I was ribbing you ribbing me :-)

So it seems hi res photos or lack thereof is not as important as your belief in the moon landing hoax. As was said earlier, those who believe it's a hoax would consider such photos a hoax - I mean, they would say ..

"If they could dummy up a whole moon landing, they sure as hell could dummy up a few photos".
Faith, be it in a hoax, or a particular mythology called religion, is very hard to reason with, or contradict with evidence.

Correction, it can be contradicted, but the person or people in question will rarely accept that contradiction.
 
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I believe the hoax has evolved somewhat to include the fact that aliens assisted our eventual visit(s) to the moon. Something about JFK bribing them to help out.
 

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