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11 Proofs That The Apollo Moon Landings Were NOT Fake

07/18/2014 04:36 pm 16:36:07 | Updated 18 July 2014
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Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon on 21 July 1969. So did Buzz Aldrin. So did 10 other people after that.

Humans have been to the Moon.

Despite this fact, there remain a hardcore of people who are convinced that the Apollo 11 Moon landings were somehow faked for the purposes of both irritating Russia and testing the loyalty of the tens of thousands of people involved in covering up the biggest news story in human history.

Even now these people clog up YouTube with their various proofs and theories that either (a) humanity did not walk on the Moon or (b) they have lost all touch with reality.

Well, we have walked on the Moon. We just have. Here are 11 proofs that we have. Now shut up about it once and for all. and let's all stop arguing and go to Mars like we're supposed to have been doing since 1984.

  • 1 These Two Pictures Match
  • In 2008 the Japanese Selene probe obtained photographic evidence of the Moon landings, by comparing the image on the left (from the Apollo 15 landing) taken in July 1971 to its own 3D terrain camera images. They were exactly the same.
  • 2 'The Foil Shot'
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  • This picture is often used to claim that there were 'studio lights' visible in the upper left corner. They were not studio lights, as explained by Roger Launius, of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. "Okay, let's take a step back. NASA's going to release a picture showing studio lights? Hello! The odd lights in the picture are simply lens flares," he told National Geographic, sensibly.
  • 3 We Can See It
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  • It is often claimed that if the Lunar landings were real, we could see them from the Earth, or the Hubble Telescope. Nope. Fact is they're just too far away. On the other hand, we can see the Lunar landing sites thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Here is the picture. You're welcome.
  • 4 Other Space Craft Have Seen It
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  • The Lunar landings have been spotted by China's Chang'e 2 lunar probe, the Indian Chandrayaan-1 probe, and various other independent (non NASA-funded) space agencies.
  • 5 This Thing.
  • ... is a glass spherule (about 0.6 mm in diameter) produced by a meteorite impact into lunar soil. "We've found particles of fresh glass in Moon rocks that were produced by explosive volcanic activity and by meteorite impacts over 3 billion years ago," explains Dr. Marc Norman, a lunar geologist at the University of Tasmania. "The presence of water on Earth rapidly breaks down such volcanic glass in only a few million years. These rocks must have come from the Moon!"
  • 6 This.
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  • The Lunar rocks brought back by Nasa from the Moon are identical in all vital and important ways to those found elsewhere on Earth.
  • 7 The Flag Was Flapping, And That Makes Sense
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  • One claim made by Apollo 11 conspiracy theorists is that the American flag was seen 'flapping' on the surface of the Moon. Fact is, that's totally expected. No, there isn't any wind on the Moon - but there is momentum and intertia. The fabric of the flag was moved around while being set in position, and naturally waved as it was being set up. It also has a pole along the top to keep it in position - otherwise it would hang straight down.
  • 8 Who Took The Pictures?
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  • One of the frequent claims is that the Apollo 11 mission included images of the two astronauts with no obvious cameraman. As National Geographic explains here, that was because there were cameras in the chests of both astronauts' suits, and on the Lander.
  • 9 'Where Are The Stars?'
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  • One of the claims made to support the hoax theory is that there were no stars pictured from the surface of the Moon. But this is because the Moon is very bright, reflecting a lot of the Sun's light. There are no stars because the cameras couldn't pick them up.
  • 10 The Restored Images Are Amazing
  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landings NASA put together a series of remastered images and footage of the Apollo 11 mission. The images are stunning, and blow away the age-old criticism that the Apollo footage was somehow intentionally bad to obscure the fact it was filmed in a studio, or whatever.
  • 11 This Expression
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  • This is the face of a man who has just walked on the Moon (Neil Armstrong), not the face of a man who has just faked it.

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  • In this photo taken from a TV screen Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module to explore the surface of the moon
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  • In this July 20, 1969 file photo, the Apollo 11 lunar module rises from the moon's surface for docking
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  • In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface
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  • In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, right, trudges across the surface of the moon leaving behind footprints.
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  • In this 1969 photo provided by NASA the crew of the Apollo 11 mission is seen. From left are Neil Armstrong, Mission Commander, Michael Collins, Lt. Col. USAF, and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, also known as Buzz Aldrin, USAF Lunar Module pilot.
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  • Views outside Neil Armstrong'€™s window just after landing on the lunar surface.
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  • Views outside Neil Armstrong'€™s window just after landing on the lunar surface.
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  • Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walks on the surface of the moon, July 30, 1969, with seismogaphic equipment which he just set up.
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  • Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, stands on the lunar surface after the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.
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  • Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.
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  • An estimated 10,000 persons gather to watch giant television screens in New York's Central Park and cheer as astronaut Neil Armstrong takes man's first step on the moon on July 20, 1969
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  • In this July 20, 1969 photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface.
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  • In this July 20, 1969, file photo, provided by NASA, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface.
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  • A footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon.
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  • In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, right, trudges across the surface of the moon leaving behind footprints.
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  • Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, is seen inside the Lunar Module while the LM rested on the lunar surface.
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  • FILE - In this July 24, 1969 file photo, President Richard Nixon, right, greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery. The Apollo 11 crew from left are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. (AP Photo, File)
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  • FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin carries scientific experiments to a deployment site south of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission. One experiment involved the inner composition of the moon, and another tried to determine the exact distance from Earth. Aldrin, 84, is asking everyone to remember where they were when he and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon and to share their memories online. (AP Photo/NASA, Neil Armstrong, File)
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  • FILE - This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows a view of the Apollo Command Module with astronaut Michael Collins aboard as seen from the Lunar Module. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in the Lunar Module separated from Apollo 11 to prepare to go to the lunar surface. (AP Photo/NASA, File)
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  • FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, the Apollo 11 lunar module rises from the moon's surface for docking with the command module and the trip back to earth with the earth in the background. Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 84, is asking everyone to remember where they were when he and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon and to share their memories online. (AP Photo/NASA, File)
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  • FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo, astronaut Michael Collins wears the space helmet for the Apollo 11 moon mission. Collins, now 83, the command module pilot who stayed behind in lunar orbit as the gatekeeper, also spent decades sidestepping the spotlight. He is making an exception for the 45th anniversary where he plans to take part in a NASA ceremony at Kennedy Space Center on Monday, July 21, 2014, to add Armstrong's name to the historic Operations and Checkout Building. (AP Photo, File)
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  • FILE - In this July 16, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, the Saturn V rocket that launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their Apollo 11 moon mission lifts off at Cape Kennedy, Fla. For the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin asked everyone to remember where they were when he and Armstrong became the first humans to step onto another heavenly body, and to share their memories online. (AP Photo/NASA, File)
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  • Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins appears calm after suiting up activities for his participation in the countdown demonstration test aboard the Apollo 11 space craft along with astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong. The Apollo 11 mission, the first lunar landing mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, ?Columbia?, piloted by Collins, remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, ?Eagle??, carrying astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, landed on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface, followed by Aldrin. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished. Date of Image: 1969-07-09 To learn more about Apollo 11 go to: www.nasa.gov/apollo45/ or www.nasa.gov/externalflash/apollo11_40/ Credit: NASA/APOLLO 11 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe. Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook
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  • This photograph shows the Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-506) for the Apollo 11 mission liftoff at 8:32 am CDT, July 16, 1969, from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Apollo 11 was the first manned lunar landing mission with a crew of three astronauts: Mission commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module pilot Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin, Jr. It placed the first humans on the surface of the moon on July 20 and returned them back to Earth on July 24. Image credit: NASA Original image: www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/apollo_11_140716.html More about Marshall Center history: www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/index.html Marshall History Album on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/sets/72157636868630444/ _____________________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
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  • July 16, 1969: The Earth photographed by the Apollo 11 crew on their first day in orbit. Image credit: NASA _____________________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
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  • Moonbound: Apollo 11 clears the launch tower and heads to space. Image credit: NASA _____________________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
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  • The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit after liftoff from Pad 39A at 9:32 a.m. EDT. In 2 1/2 minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles some 55 miles downrange. This photo was taken with a 70mm telescopic camera mounted in an Air Force EC-135N plane. Onboard are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Date:7/16/1969 NASA Center:Kennedy Space Center To learn more about Apollo 11 go to: www.nasa.gov/apollo45/ or www.nasa.gov/externalflash/apollo11_40/ Credit: NASA/APOLLO 11 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe. Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook
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  • Earthrise: view from lunar orbit prior to Apollo 11 landing. Image credit: NASA _____________________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
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  • This is an aerial view of the fully assembled Saturn V rocket with Apollo 11 command module and lunar module in place atop the gigantic structure, being transported to the launch pad. The rockets are assembled in the "Vertical Assembly Building" (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center, then moved to their launch site on the slow-moving transporters. Here the transporter has just finished moving up a five-degree incline at launch complex 39A. Photograph taken on 20 May 1969. Credit: NASA, [KSC] Image #69P-0410 [source].
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  • Edited NASA image of the Apollo 11 mission on the Moon with Neil Armstrong near the LM. Original caption: Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took the photograph with a Hasselblad 70mm camera. Most photos from the Apollo 11 mission show Buzz Aldrin. This is one of only a few that show Neil Armstrong (some of these are blurry).
    Edited Apollo 11 image of the Command Module in orbit about the Moon, taken from the Lunar Module.
    This photo, from NASA TV, shows the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface after landing from a new digitally refurbished version of the original moon landing video unveiled in Washington Thursday, July 16, 2009. After NASA couldn't find its original videotapes, NASA and a Hollywood film restoration company took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth on July 20, 1969, and made the pictures look sharper.(AP Photo/NASA TV)
    This photo, from NASA TV, shows one of the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface after landing from a new digitally refurbished version of the original moon landing video unveiled in Washington Thursday, July 16, 2009. After NASA couldn't find its original videotapes, NASA and a Hollywood film restoration company took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth on July 20, 1969, and made the pictures look sharper.(AP Photo/NASA TV)
    This photo, from NASA TV, shows a comparison of a still from a video copy of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepping on the lunar surface after landing, left, and in a new digitally refurbished version of the moon landing video, right, unveiled in Washington Thursday, July 16, 2009. After NASA couldn't find its original videotapes, NASA and a Hollywood film restoration company took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth on July 20, 1969, and made the pictures look sharper.(AP Photo/NASA TV)
    This photo, from NASA TV, shows the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface after landing from a new digitally refurbished version of the original moon landing video unveiled in Washington Thursday, July 16, 2009. After NASA couldn't find its original videotapes, NASA and a Hollywood film restoration company took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth on July 20, 1969, and made the pictures look sharper.(AP Photo/NASA TV)
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