Exposing PseudoAstronomy

December 1, 2012

Podcast #56: Photography Claims of the Apollo Moon Hoax, Part 3

Sorry this is coming out a few hours late (though earlier than some), but the fact that I can speak clearly today was a surprise. Anyway …

This episode is the third of likely just three on photography claims people make that supposedly show the Apollo lunar landings were faked. Claims addressed are:

  • Why Can’t We Image Apollo from Earth?
  • Lens Flares are present when they shouldn’t be because they were using the best possible lenses
  • The backgrounds in some photos aren’t right …
  • Who took Video of Neil Armstrong Descending onto the Moon and the LM lifting off the Moon?
  • The American Flag is Always Lit Regardless of Side
  • There Are No Stars!
  • The “C” Rock.

This is also a “full-fledged action-packed” episode featuring all other segments: New News, Q&A, Feedback, Puzzler, and an announcement.

The announcement is: Though it’s a bit early to say for certain we’re not all going to die this December 21, I’m starting to look for back-peddling by doomsday proponents for a follow-up episode very early next year. If anyone listening to this podcast happens to come across something by anyone who claimed stuff like Planet X would cause a pole flip, a big solar storm would wipe us out, or even on the positive side that we’ll all be able to levitate and do instant healing, and you see these people start to make up excuses for why it’s not happening, please send it in!

P.S. I tried a new noise removal setting in this episode as well as a different equalizer. I also saved it at slightly higher bitrate. Let me know if there are still issues, or if the audio at least sounds any better.



  1. Thank you for your hard work for scientific truth and knowledge, and at the same time good fight against non sense, superstitions, crazy fantasies and conspiracies, Dr. Robbins. I will look for these things on 2012 and December 21.
    Good health!

    Comment by Jennifer — December 2, 2012 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  2. I’ve just read the transcript and noticed you stated “as far as I know, the last one is original to me, but I’m sure someone may have thought of them before.”

    The third way you mentioned, checking photograph AS16-107-17445 was actually carried out by one Steven Troy, a follower of Richard Hoagland, an archived copy of his page, sadly lacking the pictures can be seen at:


    Hilariously he thanks NASA for their help in investigating the ‘C Rock’ and then goes on to upbraid them for not helping Hoagland et al by relasing the photographs that would prove their wild claims.

    Comment by Graham — December 2, 2012 @ 4:25 am | Reply

  3. Incidentally Discovery channel aired this about 5-7 years back… I was wondering then why? and now why?

    Comment by sleeping8 — December 2, 2012 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  4. Then how have 400,000 people that worked on the apollo program kept the secret for 40 years? I just can’t get over that fact, however I do find some of the evidence compelling http://ficksitall.blogspot.com/2012/12/fact-or-faked-america-wins-moon-race.html

    Comment by Chelsea — December 3, 2012 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  5. I do find it ironic that guys who are true believers in ziggurats on the Moon would actually come out against folks who claim our visits there were all a hoax. Then again, maybe the former need to agree with that much, so they can make even more astounding claims about ancient aliens who once lived there.

    Comment by Rick K. — December 3, 2012 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

    • I may be a bit jaded, but that’s what I think. Hoagland and Bara NEED us to have gone to the moon, otherwise all their photos of spires and domes and robot heads would be fake. Errrrr… the photos would be fake, not the stuff in them ;-).

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 3, 2012 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

      • The issue of Man going to the Moon is related to The Moon going to Man! Heh! Heh!

        Comment by sleeping8 — December 3, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      • From what little I know of the circumstances behind “Who Mourns For Apollo” that does seem to have been the motivation for the exercise. Hoagland/Barra et al are all dependant on the Apollo photographs being real, so anyone who claims they were faked in a lab undercuts their mythos at the base. However with the Moon Hoax crowd having gone quiet of late Hoagland has allowed his material to ‘drop off the net’.

        Comment by Graham — December 4, 2012 @ 7:56 am

  6. This is no good news for the ‘prophets’ of 2012 and 21 December 2012: “Maya demand an end to doomsday myth”: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gywyFBlDnkiDery2-7rJ3p_bh4Yw

    Comment by Jennifer — December 6, 2012 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  7. Not a lot of people know that Venus is, in fact, bright enough to register in Apollo surface photography. It’s been in the frame a few times…

    Comment by Expat — December 7, 2012 @ 10:22 am | Reply

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