WTF? A conspiracy? 4) Identical backgrounds

with one day pause I am coming with post about conspiracy theory of Moon landing. Yes again there is another “argument” by those hoaxers which I am going to crush to pieces thanks to awesome Phil Plait and his Bad Astronomy webpage.
This time lets focus on identical backgrounds on two images which were surely taken from very different distances and they must be faked because NASA was too lazy and they used same background twice.

Ok so here are the pictures from Apollo 15. On the first one where you can see more of those mountains there is no moonlanding apparatus and there is this rocky ground. While on the other there is the opposite but on both pictures there are same “backgrounds” used.
Fine here comes the debunktion. On Moon things stuff does not behave as one would execpt. On Earth we can judge distances by things around because we already know their size from experience, like house, shrub or car. But we dont have these things on Moon.
Once I was looking into the heart of Black Canyon in USA. It was one of the best things I have seen in my entire life and the same thing happened, I was not able to judge the distance.. it looked like that the bottom is 200 meters below me, but bottom of Black Canyon can be almost 700 meters (on the picture you can see the tallest cliff in Colorado, it was taken from wikipedia, thanks).

So there are no things by which you could judge the size of stuff which means that you dont really know how far it is + we also judge by the blur of the air. When there is stuff far away it is much less visible but on the Moon there is everything perfectly clear and you dont know if the rock is meter, 2, 200 or 10000 far away. Here is nice video which will blow your mind and show that you simply can not trust your eyes.

This means that the first picture is probably much closer to the mountains but still very very far away since they are on both pictures of identical size.

Check out the debunking of: Flag, Stars. And the prologue.



WTF? A conspiracy? 2) No stars there?

so again I continue with another post about conspiracy theory.
Ok, those people who think that Apollo was faked mission give as an argument that there are no stars visible on the photos. This would mean that those pictures are faked because NASA was not able to count where would those stars be from the Moon and rather decided to erase them completely.

Ok as you can see or rather you can not see any stars on this official picture by NASA. Why is this? Well the answer is easy: if you ever tried to taky any photos of something which was in dark, like in forest but you were standing on the field and the Sun was shining, you already know the answer. When you take such photo you wont be able to see practicly anything in the forest, it will be just black while the rest of the image mainly white.

This is what happened on the Moon, you can easily see the stars there the problem is that the camera can not because everything else: the Moon’s surface, Sun, Earth has such greater apparent magnitude that those stars will just dissapear.

Before the end I will just give here the citation from Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy: “The lunar landscape is brightly lit by the Sun, of course, and your friend is wearing a white spacesuit also brilliantly lit by the Sun. To take a picture of a bright object with a bright background, you need to set the exposure time to be fast, and close down the aperture setting too; that’s like the pupil in your eye constricting to let less light in when you walk outside on a sunny day. ”

Ok that all for me today, hope you guys dont trust those hoax folks.
To read about Flag flapping in the breeze, read this.