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(Space.com)   Scientists finally found that sound stage where the supposed "moon landing" took place   (space.com) divider line 55
    More: Interesting, LROC, lunar module, GSFC, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, moon landings, NASA officials  
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2012-03-13 12:52:33 PM  
NASA flew all the way to the moon to stage a moon landing?

My god, we're talking about plans inside plans, riddles in riddles here, people. We are through the looking glass, and the rabbit hole just goes deeper and deeper.
 
2012-03-13 12:55:07 PM  
Pretty cool. But we all know NASA sent robots up there to place the vehicles to make it look like we landed on the moon.
 
2012-03-13 12:59:33 PM  
i149.photobucket.com
This is a closed set! GTFO!!
Alright - take 15. Buzz, hit you goddamned mark this time!
 
2012-03-13 01:11:08 PM  
It's a 'shop. I can tell from seeing a lot of retroreflectors in my time.
 
2012-03-13 01:37:44 PM  
It's only a model
 
2012-03-13 02:02:23 PM  
They faked the moon landing by filming it on a sound stage.

To hide the sound stage, they built it on the moon.

We went to the moon to fake a moon landing.

(somebody pick it up from here, please)
 
2012-03-13 02:02:25 PM  
That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.
 
2012-03-13 02:03:29 PM  
How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?
 
2012-03-13 02:07:18 PM  
WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.
 
2012-03-13 02:09:55 PM  
Isn't this a dup. of the Bad Astronomy link that was up last week?
 
2012-03-13 02:10:26 PM  

babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.


...

Did you imagine them zipping around doing tricks off of moon craters or something?

It was our first landing. Plenty of sh*t to do right by the lander.
 
2012-03-13 02:11:52 PM  

Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.


Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?
 
2012-03-13 02:12:08 PM  

babtras: they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.

America! Fark yeah! USA! USA! U!S!A!

FTFY.

(Remember when we used to build / make / do cool things? No, me neither, but I hear tale of a time....)
 
2012-03-13 02:14:02 PM  

babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.


Don't know if you're serious, but there was no moon buggy on Apollo 11.
 
2012-03-13 02:14:13 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?


What makes you think they did?
 
2012-03-13 02:16:10 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?


We had a Dem majority.
 
2012-03-13 02:16:22 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?


Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?
 
2012-03-13 02:17:35 PM  

Shostie: Did you imagine them zipping around doing tricks off of moon craters or something?


Well, yeah! You can see the human tracks left up and to the left of the picture show that they were easily able to walk 25m repeatedly, why couldn't they walk the 50m to the crater and back? There's no other explanation other than it was an experiment and a toy. Might as well trash it and get all the performance data you can from it, considering the vast expense involved in getting it there.
 
2012-03-13 02:20:26 PM  

Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?


Send an Android phone after it to pull it out.

If that doesn't work, you're going to have to get an iPad.
 
2012-03-13 02:22:18 PM  

Shostie: Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?

Send an Android phone after it to pull it out.

If that doesn't work, you're going to have to get an iPad.


WTF is wrong with you?
 
2012-03-13 02:22:30 PM  

babtras: Shostie: Did you imagine them zipping around doing tricks off of moon craters or something?

Well, yeah! You can see the human tracks left up and to the left of the picture show that they were easily able to walk 25m repeatedly, why couldn't they walk the 50m to the crater and back? There's no other explanation other than it was an experiment and a toy. Might as well trash it and get all the performance data you can from it, considering the vast expense involved in getting it there.


I'm assuming you're referring to the Apollo 15 picture. What you need to remember is that A) this was the first mission the LRV was used and B) The astronauts had limited air supplies. The LRV was used to move around a bit faster or get a bit farther to do experiments. And it was a glorified golf cart, so it only went like 8 mph.
 
2012-03-13 02:22:50 PM  

Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?


Shostie: Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?

Send an Android phone after it to pull it out.

If that doesn't work, you're going to have to get an iPad.



And if THAT fails, you're looking at a Macbook Prolapse.
 
2012-03-13 02:22:52 PM  

Shostie: Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?

Send an Android phone after it to pull it out.

If that doesn't work, you're going to have to get an iPad.


If that doesn't work then you'll need the iPood
 
2012-03-13 02:23:00 PM  

babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.


Apollo 11 didn't have a buggy but on the missions that did, it was a safety requirement that they not drive farther than a good hiking distance from the lander. The thing could have broken down.
 
2012-03-13 02:23:26 PM  

roughridersfan: babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.

Don't know if you're serious, but there was no moon buggy on Apollo 11.


Don't ruin my fun.
 
2012-03-13 02:24:21 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?


Of course he has, he's an iPhone user.
 
2012-03-13 02:27:04 PM  
Pics or it didn't hap- oh.
 
2012-03-13 02:28:33 PM  

Foundling: They faked the moon landing by filming it on a sound stage.

To hide the sound stage, they built it on the moon.

We went to the moon to fake a moon landing.

(somebody pick it up from here, please)


The moon itself is actually fake

It really always was a ball of cheese

That finally got consumed by mice

NASA decided it was better to send men to a soundstage

to fake a landing on the moon

Than to send a herd of cats to the real thing

to rid it of mice
 
2012-03-13 02:28:51 PM  

Tyrosine: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Of course he has, he's an iPhone user.


That's not funny. It really hurts. I can barely even type this? Should I call 911?
 
2012-03-13 02:30:22 PM  
So they found Lrrr, where's Ndnd?
 
2012-03-13 02:40:11 PM  
I kept telling you people the moon landing was real. It was all just a distraction created by reverse vampires and the RAND corporation to disguise the fact that we needed to set up a secret moon base to use as a way point to Mars where we found Prothean technology!

Really, you think you simpletons would have figured this out by now!

Also, the "aliens" at area 51 are really shaved monkeys doused with radiation, created by Majestic 12 and are used as food for long space travels.
 
2012-03-13 02:41:12 PM  

Nem Wan: babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.

Apollo 11 didn't have a buggy but on the missions that did, it was a safety requirement that they not drive farther than a good hiking distance from the lander. The thing could have broken down.


Not only that, but it was a pure battery electric vehicle, so naturally it had a very limited range.
 
2012-03-13 02:54:53 PM  

Foundling: They faked the moon landing by filming it on a sound stage.

To hide the sound stage, they built it on the moon.

We went to the moon to fake a moon landing.

(somebody pick it up from here, please)


Yo dogg I heard you like Moon, so we.....etc, etc, etc

/M-O-O-N spells soundstage...etc, etc
 
2012-03-13 02:55:46 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?


Lots of trial and error. Plus we had a common enemy to beat to the moon. Which we now lack in space exploration.
 
2012-03-13 03:00:49 PM  
Alien!

i41.tinypic.com

/can I crash on your couch?
 
2012-03-13 03:05:15 PM  
For 11, Neil and Buzz did not go far from the lander, or stay very long (iirc it was about 2-3 hours outside) as all the gear and suits had never been used before. A short visit and immediate return home was planned to minimize risk. If the 11 LM was at home plate, Neil walked out about as far as the outfield and back.

I think they were pretty eager to find out if the ascent engine was going to light, then if the speed indicator was going to hit the number that said they would reach orbit.

After that, with loads of data to study and extensive astronaut debriefing, there was a solid basis for staying out longer and being bolder in following missions.

Spoiler: in 'Apollo 18', ROCKS GOT LEGS
 
2012-03-13 03:13:27 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?

We had a Dem majority.


Exactly. Dems go big and aim right

George Bush wanted to put a man on Mars. He had a Republican majority.

He also put bin Laden in Iraq.
 
2012-03-13 03:15:20 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?



The dumbing down was just getting started around that time (new window)
 
2012-03-13 03:15:28 PM  
Okay, here it is. I have to start by saying that if there was any other way, if there was even a slight chance of another alternative, I would give anything not to be here with you now. Anything. Bru, how long have we known each other? Sixteen years. That's how long. Sixteen years. You should have seen yourself then. You looked like you just walked out of a Wheaties box. And me, all sweaty palm and deadly serious. I told everybody about this dream I had of conquering the new frontier, and they all looked at me like I was nuts. You looked at me and said, "yes." I remember when you told me Kay was pregnant. We went out and got crocked. I remember when Charles was born. We went out and got crocked again. The two of us. Captain Terrific and the Mad Doctor, talking about reaching the stars, and the bartender telling us maybe we'd had enough. Sixteen years. And then Armstrong stepped out on the Moon, and we cried. We were so proud. Willis, you and Walker, you came in about then. Both bright and talented wise-asses, looked at me in my wash-and-wear shirt carrying on this hot love affair with my slide-rule, and even you were caught up in what we'd done. I remember when Glenn made his first orbit in Mercury, they put up television sets in Grand Central Station, and tens of thousands of people missed their trains to watch. You know, when Apollo 17 landed on the Moon, people were calling up the networks and biatching because reruns of I Love Lucy were cancelled. Reruns, for Christ's sake! I could understand if it was the new Lucy show. After all, what's a walk on the Moon? But reruns! Oh, geez! And then suddenly everybody started talking about how much everything cost. Was it really worth twenty billion to go to another planet? What about cancer? What about the slums? How much does it cost? How much does any dream cost, for Christ's sake? Since when is there an accountant for ideas? You know who was at the launch today? Not the President. The Vice-President, that's who. The Vice-President and his plump wife. The President was busy. He's not busy. He's just a little bit scared. He sat there two months ago and put his feet up on Woodrow Wilson's desk, and he said, "Jim. Make it good. Congress is on my back. They're looking for a reason to cancel the program. We can't afford another screw-up. Make it good. You have my every good wish." His every good wish! I got his sanctimonious Vice President! That's what I got! So, there we are. After all those hopes and ll that dreaming, he sits there, with those flags behind his chair, and tells me we can't afford a screw-up. And guess what! We had a screw-up! A first-class, bona-fide, made-in-America screw-up! The good people from Con-Amalgamate delivered a life-support system cheap enough so they could make a profit on the deal. Works out fine for everybody. Con-Amalgamate makes money. We have our life-support system. Everything's peachy. Except they made a little bit too much profit. We found out two months ago it won't work. You guys would all be dead in three weeks. It's as simple as that. So, all I have to do is report that and scrub the mission. Congress has its excuse, the President still has his desk, and we have no more program. What's sixteen years? Your actual drop in the bucket! All right. That's the end of the speech. Now, we're getting to what they call the moment of truth. Come with me. I want to show you something.
 
2012-03-13 03:33:25 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?


When you're afraid of The Russians, you can do anything.
 
2012-03-13 03:35:53 PM  

Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?


Tell a hipster it is the new 5G he won't care how far up your ass it is he will get it just to be the first.
 
2012-03-13 03:56:42 PM  

Tobin_Lam: gunther_bumpass: Tobin_Lam: That website has all kinds of cool stuff but the site pisses me off. Text is all blurry on my iPhone for no apparent reason and on a desktop the article just disappears for a while a few seconds after I start reading it and BAM! an ad that blocks the whole page.

Have you tried shoving your iphone up your ass?

Thanks, asshole. Now it is stuck. Any suggestions?


Why are you thanking your asshole?
 
2012-03-13 04:22:02 PM  
worst shoop ever
 
2012-03-13 04:24:50 PM  

OrbitalFerret: For 11, Neil and Buzz did not go far from the lander, or stay very long (iirc it was about 2-3 hours outside) as all the gear and suits had never been used before. A short visit and immediate return home was planned to minimize risk. If the 11 LM was at home plate, Neil walked out about as far as the outfield and back.

I think they were pretty eager to find out if the ascent engine was going to light, then if the speed indicator was going to hit the number that said they would reach orbit.

After that, with loads of data to study and extensive astronaut debriefing, there was a solid basis for staying out longer and being bolder in following missions.


I want to say it wasn't until the 2009 anniversary that I learned they had only been on the moon for a few hours. Same for the Nixon speech in case they didn't come back.
 
2012-03-13 04:49:19 PM  

Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?


We stole all of the good Nazi engineers right after WWII ended. The Soviets got all of the cast offs.

/google operation paperclip
 
2012-03-13 05:29:24 PM  

baufan2005: Famous Thamas: How the hell did the US get its act together long enough to put a man on the moon? And not just one man, but several?

Lots of trial and error. Plus we had a common enemy to beat to the moon. Which we now lack in space exploration.


Also, automation and remote control have improved to the point that we do not need to send a man out to do anything, particularly. The primary reason getting men safely to the moon was a big deal was that, at the time, you needed people to build, maintain and operate a missile base, which was what the whole space thing was about in the 50s/60s/70s.

There's not really any experiment we need the presence of people on the moon to complete anymore. Even if we started mining it or something it would likely be cheaper to automate.
 
2012-03-13 05:50:55 PM  

babtras: WTF? According to the scale of that picture and the tracks left by the moon buggy, they packed that buggy all the way to the moon to dive it 50 meters and back again. Seems pointless.


Seems pointless now in retrospect, might have come in very handy had things not been as they were then found to be.

Hindsight, it continues to be 20/20
 
2012-03-13 05:58:34 PM  
Still faked until we see pics of Schwarze Sonne
 
2012-03-13 06:02:09 PM  
Did they find the whalers on the moon?
 
2012-03-13 06:22:57 PM  
It's very humbling to look at that picture - to consider what a previous generation was able to attain, despite all the urgent problems, problems that today would be allowed to ruin any enthusiasm for a unifying scientific mission.

But yeah, the Russians.

/remembers watching moonwalk
//and Walter Cronkite
 
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