Here in the ManWants office, me and Carl always disagree with each other on whether the first Moon Landing actually happened back in 1969. He says it was made in a TV studio, and that the flag “moves in the wind”. Personally, I put this down to his low level of intelligence, and with a team of Germans laying out plans to land a probe near the lunar landing site, he will soon be eating his moronic words.
The fact that anyone thinks NASA would bother to spend all that money to simply fake the whole entire program is absurd. Modern conspirators come out with all sorts of ill-informed reasons that it never took place. For example: “Why have we never been back? It has been years.” We have, you imbecile. 5 more times since. The final manned mission to the moon was Apollo 17 on the 7th December, 1972. Everything NASA intended to carry out was achieved, not to mention America throwing its money elsewhere since, leaving even less funding for any future space missions.
Another one you hear quite often is: “Where are the stars in the pictures? There’s no air on the moon, we should see them.” What?! You’ve got that completely and utterly wrong. It’s to do with camera exposure settings. It’s only in more recent years that cameras specifically designed to capture the night sky have become widely available, and it’s not as easy as simply pointing and shooting anyway.
It’s not exactly difficult to quickly research these things if you’re dumb enough to ask the question in the first place. Enough of the ranting anyway, there are too many stupid claims to go through in one go.
A German team of scientists are currently competing for a $30 million prize while taking part at the Google Lunar X-Prize. Team PT Scientists are 1 of 16 teams in the competition that have plans to send two rovers to the Moon’s surface with intent on inspecting the equipment left by NASA’s Apollo missions, as well as to prove they were a success.
It turns out that the team have already signed a contract, stating they will be launching a lander carrying two rovers by the end of 2017. This contract was signed with Spaceflight Industries, who works with a handful of launch service providers and also serves as brokers for secondary payloads.
PT Scientists plan to land their rovers around five to three kilometers away from the lunar landing site and then will be driving within 200 meters of it. NASA have apparently said they must not get any closer than this to avoid any damage to the buggy and other equipment that has been left on the historical site the last 42 years. If their mission is a success, the team have further plans to visit more planets. Most notably Phobos, the largest of Mars’ two moons.
Well, the sooner they get on with it, the better. I can’t wait to see Carl’s face when he is proved wrong.