Moon landing 1969

May 18, 2016
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apollo 11In 1969, the United States landed two men on the moon while a third waited in orbit to scoop them up after a stroll around the lunar surface for a flag planting ceremony. Or maybe it never happened at all! That’s the position taken by some conspiracy theorists who stubbornly assert that the technology to reach the moon did not exist in 1969. In one 13-minute video, writer/director S G Collins delivers a deadpan refutation of that position and points out that we actually couldn’t have faked the moon landing at all.

The supposed photographic evidence cited by the conspiracy lovers has been debunked dozens of times already, but the video covers that one more time to be safe. To recap, anyone that knows how photography works can explain the apparent anomalies pointed out by the conspiracy. But the reason no one could have faked the moon landing has to do with the state of video technology in 1969. Essentially, the hoaxers claim the video footage was faked by just slowing down people walking in normal Earth gravity. However according to Collins, the camera required to do that didn’t exist at the time.

Slow motion video is done in one of two ways: you can shoot video at normal speed and slow down the playback, or you can film it at high speed and play at normal speed. The second way is called overcranking, and produces a smoother picture. In 1969 this was only possible with film cameras, which the moon landing was definitely not shot with.

So where does that leave the conspiracy? Well, there were some magnetic disc recorders in those days that could capture 30 seconds of normal speed video and play it back slower (that’s the first method from above). So surely that’s how those clever devils did it, right? Nope — the math just doesn’t work out. The Apollo 11 landing was filmed in 10fps, so you could get 90 seconds of corresponding slow motion video from one of these devices. The problem? There are 143 minutes of video from Apollo 11.

At this point, even the most ardent conspiracy theorist has to start doing logical gymnastics to stay on target. What about a super-secret larger magnetic disc recorder that could hold 95 times more video? Not possible. Maybe it was shot on film and overcranked? Only if you don’t mind splicing together thousands of frames completely seamlessly and somehow avoiding the telltale signs of film.

Source: www.geek.com
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