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Telescope To Challenge Moon Doubters

From: Trevor Seguin <dragko.nul>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 15:06:53 -0800
Archived: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:21:06 -0500
Subject: Telescope To Challenge Moon Doubters


Could they not just show you a computer rendered
moon, controlled by the real telescopes controls then just
leave the lens cap on?  ;-p


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Source: The Sydney Monring Herald - Australia

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/24/1037697982142.html



Telescope to challenge moon doubters
By Robert Matthews in London

November 25,2002

Conspiracy theorists, you have a problem. In an effort to
silence claims that the Apollo moon landings were faked,
European scientists are to use the world's newest and largest
telescope to see whether the spacecraft are still on the lunar
surface.

For years, doubters have claimed that NASA, the United States
space agency, spent billions of dollars faking the landings to
convince the world that it had beaten the Soviet Union to the
moon. Evidence cited has ranged from the absence of stars on any
photographs taken by the astronauts to the way that the Stars
and Stripes they planted seemed to flutter in a vacuum.

This month NASA tried to put an end to the controversy by
commissioning a definitive account of the evidence for the
landings. Days later it dropped the idea after criticism that it
was wasting money by taking on the lunatic fringe: naturally,
this only boosted claims that the agency was trying to hide
something.

Now astronomers hope to kill off the conspiracy theory forever
by using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) - by far the most
powerful telescope in the world - to spot the Apollo lunar
landers.

Operated by European astronomers in the Chilean Andes, the VLT
has four mirrors eight metres across linked by optical fibres.
It can see a single human hair from 16 kilometres away.

Trained on the moon, such astonishing resolution should enable
it to see the base of one or more of the six lunar modules that
NASA insists landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972.

Supporters of the conspiracy theory welcomed the news that
astronomers were to photograph the landing sites. But Marcus Allen,
the British publisher of Nexus magazine and a long-time advocate
of the theory, said photographs of the lander would not prove that the
US put men on the moon. "Getting to the moon really isn't much
of a problem - the Russians did that in 1959," he said. "The big
problem is getting people there."

According to Mr Allen, NASA was forced to send robots to the
moon and faked the manned missions because radiation levels in
space were lethal to humans.

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Trevor Seguin
dragko.nul

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