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(Fox News)   Old photos discovered at the Johnson Space Center reveal Apollo astronauts training in old Hawaiian lava fields for their upcoming pretend voyage to the moon   ( divider line
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2014-06-02 11:25:17 AM  
Or maybe not training but...FILMING???
2014-06-02 11:30:05 AM  

show me: Or maybe not training but...FILMING???

I was thinking the same thing.
2014-06-02 01:55:13 PM  
I just can't click a FOX link, ever.

Someone will be along shortly to tell me:
Why it's cool
Why it sucks
Why it's fake
What if anything it has to do with Kim Kardashian

I can wait
2014-06-02 02:00:18 PM  
None of those pics look like the soundstage they filmed on
2014-06-02 02:02:53 PM  
meh... it'd be pretty easy to build a hawaiin lava field in a sound stage.  more fake.
2014-06-02 02:07:12 PM  
They even rehearsed in black and white.
2014-06-02 02:18:31 PM  
Well, it would make it easy to dispose of the evidence.

If you ever drop your fake moon landing set into a river of molten lava, let it go, because man, it's gone.
2014-06-02 02:22:14 PM  

uncleacid: They even rehearsed in black and white.

Didn't perfect the grainy look yet.
2014-06-02 02:30:27 PM  
It's a fake...look at the tires!
2014-06-02 02:30:35 PM  

Deep Contact: uncleacid: They even rehearsed in black and white.

Didn't perfect the grainy look yet.

They still need to make a film of the film.
2014-06-02 03:00:06 PM  
I love it when glacial runoff turns rock into power.

It should be the new alternative fuel.
2014-06-02 03:06:53 PM  
I used to do a lot of training missions in the Pohakaloa Training Area, as aircrew in an Army Chinook helicopter, and it is exactly what I'd imagine the Moon's terrain to be like, sans vegetation. The area sits in a high (7,000+ foot altitude valley between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The only access is by the Saddle Road, which is probably the most dangerous road in the Islands, or by aircraft, as there is a small Army Airfield there also. It is as desolate and strange as anywhere on Earth.

My helicopter has landed on what appeared to be solid ground, but turned out to be dust that was so fine and flour-like that my aircraft sank right up to the belly. That's six feet of dust, so that when I got out, instead of looking at the soles of the pilots' feet, I could look them in the eye. It's weird and eerie and a really gigantic area.
2014-06-02 03:10:35 PM  
Yeah these shots were taken before dress rehearsal. :)
2014-06-02 03:43:50 PM  

chitownmike: None of those pics look like the soundstage they filmed on

I'm not surprised; they faked the whole thing on the Moon.
2014-06-02 04:03:58 PM  
...after seeing those pictures of the astronauts in training with those huge sideburns
now I am wondering if they had those on the moon?

2014-06-02 05:38:43 PM  
2014-06-02 09:08:14 PM  
When I started out as a volunteer on Mauna Kea, I was told where "Valley of the Moon" (formerly known as "Apollo Valley" apparently) was.  It's off the right side of the dirt summit road, just before the start of the upper pavement - the light area in basically.  Used to be a glacial lake during the last ice age, with an ice dam across the bottom. There's a terminal moraine at the top of the valley, and you can see the alluvial flows across the valley.

When they started the cruise ship that goes around to all the islands every week, one of the VIP guests on the first sailing was Buzz Aldrin.  He told the local media that he'd heard from the moon-buggy guys that the moon was a lot less bumpy than Mauna Kea.

Apparently NASA cleaned up after themselves pretty well - somebody was sent to the old valley some years back to look for any artifacts, and only found the sole of an old rubber boot.

The  current test area for next-generation US/Canadian rovers and in-situ resource utilization (like extracting oxygen from lunar regolith) is back among the hills right across the street from the Visitor Station, at (the greyish soil, IIRC).  Easy hike, but except for the weeks where the ISRU folks and rover wranglers are visiting, not very exciting.
2014-06-02 09:13:13 PM  
Finally someone agrees. There isn't enough gravity on the moon to leave those footprints.
2014-06-02 11:19:41 PM
I really think those photos are of Craters of the Moon park in Idaho where the Apollo team is known to have trained in the 60's
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