I'll answer just this one. The lander is up on legs and next to a slight hill on camera right. This makes it's shadow appear like it's going a different direction when it's not. Look carefully at the lander and its legs and you'll see that its shadows are consistent with those in the rest of the image.
By the way, this one and many more were debunked by the Mythbusters. Go watch the episode.
Thanks for the link, certainly changes the appearance and perspective of the image when the R side of it isn't cropped away! Lots of other great images there to explore too.
This is a gag post, right? I went to CR and the Onion site breaks out.
HAHA! Not completely gag.
Just looking at poor quality, compromised images and explanations for them leave too much wiggle room. Combine that with the pressures such a mission would have, from so many angles, that it's conceivable to have also spent a lot of effort to generate some contingency images.... Then again, this was pre-Nixon era... but not by much.
Thinking about it now, that would have been an exceptional feat to accomplish with the technology of the time! So there's room for doubt.. and deception.
Bull. The 747 was designed from scratch and brought into production in 28 months during that period, without computers. Remember the Concorde?
It was an exceptional feat. That's the kind of thing you get when thousands of dedicated individuals, with extraordinary resources, work for a long time on a common goal.
I agree. Feats like this are possible when great leaders inspire great minds and many talented/smart individuals to work together to achieve a common goal. Those 1960's folks did all that with slide rules and an enormous amount of guts, sweat and sacrifice. (Not to mention copious amounts of coffee and cigarettes!)
Unfortunately, I'm afraid we have mostly forgotten that spirit of self sacrifice and achievement in this country. Our leaders are largely selfish, corrupt or just too weak to make a difference. The majority of our youth are now poorly educated, apathetic and self centered. (And those are the ones that aren't on public assistance programs.) Our smart and motivated youth are in short supply these days. It's a terrible shame. Now more than half of our populace fears the future is less hopeful than the past.
That's another good point.
Cold war era saw tremendous innovation and expansion of technical capability, really pushing the limits of the technology of the day.
Despite much great technological information and abilities in the small-scale ways we have now, I don't think we've seen anything, in a big-picture technology push, that's comparable to what was done back then. Lots of great unmanned probe stuff has been accomplished but manned exploration, unfortunately, seems to have faltered due to budget cuts and possibly also a different mindset in general.
The muddling about with the space station and shuttles was a good example of how that became inefficient.
If the moon landing program had not been done back then, and were, for whatever reason, a project of this time, I wonder how smoothly it would progress, how much it would cost, and how long it would take.
Perhaps I need to look at some news from China and India to get an idea.