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The Sci-Fi Files- The Lunar Landings Conspiracies

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monsters may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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The subject of the lunar landings is marred with theories of conspiracy and deceit. Many people are firmly convinced that we did not in fact land on the moon and that the whole thing was a lie and a cover up to look like the US had beaten the Russians in the race to put a man on the moon.

The film 2001: A Space Odyssey is often referred to in these conspiracies as the practice run for filming the moon landings on a set, directed by Stanley Kubrick. When you see the film, it’s easy to see why this could be the case. The film was made in 1968 and even today the visuals used in the film are stunningly realistic. Also looking at films, Capricorn One was a film based specifically on this topic about a cover up to fake the Mars landings.

Let’s look at this objectively, a conspiracy needs to be kept secret in order to be a conspiracy. If the Moon landings didn’t happen and were filmed, who would have known about this?

Most if not all the people at mission control, the people that filmed it, a significant amount of government officials. Now that’s an awful lot of people to keep sch-tum!


 

Stanley Kubrick

This is the guy that the conspiracy theorists have marked as the guy who directed the filming of the faked Moon landings, he’s supposed to have made numerous references to this is his work over the years, leaving little easter egg clue in his films. The thing is if he was really doing this, surely this would have been picked up and he would have been silenced. Secondly, his daughter responded to the theorists in an open letter, she in fact slams the claims calling the ‘A grotesque lie’.

Stanley Kubrick’s daughter on lunar conspiracy theories


 

What are the conspiracy theorists saying?

There’s quite a bit here, so I’m going to have to pick only a few points and see where this goes:

Cloak and mirrors:

This is where conspiracy theorists love to live, in the world of shadows and mirrors. There a loads of things they get from the Apollo images but this image apparently shows someone not in a spacesuit taking a picture. They can tell this becasue of the long, thin shadow in his visor:

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But… hes’ in a spacesuit. The light from the Sun is casting a long shadow. In fact I think I can make out the life support unit on his back.

The Flag:

How is the flag flapping in the wind?

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It’s not – there is no wind. The flag is held up by a wire, which can be seen at the top and any movement on the pole would have made the flag ‘flap’ with no air to stop it.

 

The blast crater and dust:

One of the things that is picked up on is the absence of a blast cater under the moon lander and the lack of dust on the outer landing gear of the lander:

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Where’s the blast crater? Is what’s asked…

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Where’s the dust on the foot?

In order to answer this we need to understand how the lander and the landing process worked and a little about how things work on the Moon. In a nutshell on descent the thruster would fire to slow the lander’s rate of descent. Before the lander touched down the thruster would be stopped and it would drop the last few feet to the surface where the landing struts were designed to fold to absorb the impact.  Because Armstrong was such an awesome pilot, he manged to land it without the struts folding. That’s why when they ‘step’ off the ladder they actually have a small leap (ironic really).

Because the trust is over a wideish area and the Moon has low gravity, there is no big impact crater. Remember also the Moon’s surface is made of rock and a fine layer of dust, it’s not feet thick all over the place. The thruster would only have made an impact to a depth of 10mm or so which is barely visible. But if you look at the lander image at the top, you can see a lighter area of dust coming from the left of the image showing where the dust was kicked up. The dust is lighter underneath becasue of the UV and radiation from the Sun darkens the dust on the surface.

As for the dust, remember there’s no air on the Moon to hold the dust, it would only be kicked up in the temporary atmosphere of the thruster and then drop straight back down. That’s why there’s no dust on the lander.

What these points show simply is this: Things happen differently on the Moon!

 

Other things:

There are meant to be a pile of other things, like the ropes that held the parachute to the capsule, the same rocky landscape seen in different picture from different missions. But this is where conspiracy theorists live, in the land of confusion.

Let’s make this simpler.


 

Humans – what we left on the Moon and what we brought back:

Bear in mind is that the marks and equipment left by man on the Moon will not go away, it’s on display for the Russians, Chinese and anyone else to see or not see. So If they really didn’t land there they’ll be found out sooner or later! In fact, here are some shot of lunar landing sites taken from orbit:

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Apollo 11 Landing Site

There’s not much to see for the Apollo 11 site, but then they weren’t there long and didn’t go very far.

 

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Apollo 17 Landing Site

The Apollo 17 landing site is more interesting as the Lunar Rover left it’s tracks all over the place. But of course, in the world of a conspiracy theorist, imagery can be faked. So let look deeper – ever heard of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment? Basically mirrors placed on the Moon by the Apollo 11, 14 and 15 missions have been used to measure the distance on the moon from the Earth by firing lasers at them and measuring the reflected signal. If we want to get narky about this we could say this is also fake, but this is bringing more people into the conspiracy and that’s really what you don’t want to do.

Let’s not also forget the pile of Moon rocks brought back from each mission, it would geologists have been examining them for decades – or are they in on the conspiracy too?

In my mind we went to the Moon, it would have been harder to fake it. Like most conspiracy theories the blizzard of detail is often answered in some simple knowledge. If it had been faked the Russian and Chinese would have proved it long ago. This is one of those stories that needs putting to bed – so we can find a better conspiracy theory.

Simon 🙂

The Sci-Fi Files – The Shark Tag

This Sci-Fi files tales takes us back to the ocean depths to something that happened when a casual beach walker found a tag that had been attached to a 3 metre Great White shark. When the data on it was analysed it revealed that on Christmas Eve 2003 the shark dived to a depth of 1900ft at high speed, then the temperature rose from 7 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celcius.

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Chart showing depth and temperature data of tag – Image Credit Daily Star

This indicated that the shark was consumed and was now in the belly of a larger beast. So the question was asked – what could eat a 3 metre long Great White? Popular theories of either a Killer Whale or another Great White seem plausible, but the problem is that the internal temperatures of these beasts doesn’t quite fit the data. Even if it was a larger Great White the largest so far recorded is 20ft or over 7 metres long and a 3 metre Great White more than a mixed grill for a man at a local pub.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/500771/What-ate-9ft-shark-mystery-monster-Dave-Riggs-Australia


 

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Can we believe what the scientists tell us, it’s terrifying to think of a monster shark in normal terms that could consume a smaller one of it’s own kind. But could there be a species down there that’s so much bigger than we know about now. Unconfirmed sightings of giant squid, sharks of 30ft or more in length and dead animals washed up on our beaches that defy our knowledge make one ask the question again.

What kind of monster eats a Great White?

Simon 🙂

 

The Sci-Fi Files – Alien Megastructures

Some years ago, mankind found out how to find planets round other stars and this is done by measuring the light of a star and watching for a dip in the light that occurs when a planet (mainly a large one like Jupiter) passes in front of it. This can reduce the light of the star detected by about 1%.

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The problem of going out looking for stuff is that something can be discovered that wasn’t expect or maybe even wanted.


What is an observer meant to think if a star dims by as much as 15% – 20% and this fluctuates over a matter of many days? What could possibly dim a star by as much as that?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIC_8462852

The most popular theory for this dimming is the light is being obstructed by an alien mega structure of some kind. An example of an Alien mega structure is a Dyson Sphere, a theoretical concept proposed by Freeman Dyson in 1960. A Dyson Sphere would almost or actually completely encompass a star, allowing the race that built it to be able to use all the energy from the star it’s was built around.

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The size that a planet orbiting around this star would need to be to dim it by 15% – 20% would be so massive and this would be detectable by a wobble in the star as the planet orbited. In essence what we have is a start that is dimming by an unusual amount. Whatever it is that’s causing it, natural or not has not been observed before. I may even be beyond our understanding.

We may not know for a long time what’s causing the dimming around KIC 8462852 but consider this, if there is an alien megastructure around it how much do they know about us? They must know we exist… surely? We in our relative technological infancy are able to possibly detect these alien races and their activity. If they are as technically advanced as we think then it stands to reason they are capable of travelling between stars, they almost certainly know about us and probably that we know about their existence.

Do they have a plan to reveal themselves, keep themselves hidden or… something else.

The possibilities are scary and exciting at the same time. We must never forget the quote from Arthur C Clarke:

“There are two possibilities, either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying”

 

Simon 🙂

Scifi Files – Lunar Atmosphere

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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The Moon is an airless world – so we have been told. There are those that are not so sure about this and believe that the Moon has an atmosphere. Some believe that the Moons’s atmosphere is breathable by humans and there we don’t need space suits to breathe on the Moon. The fact have been covered u by NASA and the military it’s claimed.

Common consensus is that the moon is airless, or has an atmosphere that is so thin it’s essentially a vacuum.

Atmosphere of the Moon

In any case, why would the military cover this up? Who cares if the Moon has an atmosphere – no one can escape to it and unlike Wallace and Grommit’s adventure it’s unlikely to be made of cheese to live on.

NASA even sent a probe to analyse it’s atmosphere the Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer and there are tiny amounts of dust thrown up into the tiny air on the moon, it’s very thin. This effect is cause by moving particles from out gassing from the Moon leaking into space.

There is has also been a tail of Sodium leaking into space from the moon that is hundreds of thousands of miles long. These effects combine to give a tiny haze than can seem as an atmosphere.

So is there an atmosphere on the Moon? using the purely scientific approach we can only rely on NASA so far. Until one day someone goes to the Moon that’s willing to take their helmet off. If I was them – I would keep it on.

Simon 🙂

The Scifi Files – The Black Knight

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What is the Black Knight? Why should anyone care?

According to conspiracy theorists, it’s very important and everyone should care. The Black Knight is said to be a 13,000 year old satellite from an alien race that’s been sending signals to Earth for all this time. It’s purpose and origins totally unknown.

The story is that Nikola Tesla first detected radio signals which even to this day have not been explained. The Black knight was allegedly first detected in 1960 by the US Navy, the sighting of this this and the identification of the Black Knight has been applied retrospectively to Tesla’s radio signals.

The Black Knight’s orbit differs from most other satellites as it circles the Earth in a Polar orbit (top to bottom) rather than an equatorial orbit (round the middle). We use polar satellite for Earth observation, which gives some idea to it’s purpose. Our first polar orbital satellite was only launched in 1960.

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Various unconfirmed reports of the Black Knight tracking the shuttle, satellites and the ISS have leaked into general knowledge. But are they true? Is there a more rational explanation?

The Wikipedia link below details the alleged real facts around the Black Knight and it’s said that Nikola Tesla’s radio signal cannot be attributed to an alien satellite, the US Navy’s detection of it in 1960 was poor identification of a satellite and the claims around a 13,000 year old satellite were made by a Scottish author to the media and later retracted.

Wikipedia – The Black Knight

Like all conspiracy  theories, there’s always the questions either side. It seems absurd to accept the idea of an alien satellite orbiting Earth. But if another race wanted to monitor us for a long time it’s only recently that we’ve been able to detect it. Perhaps it’s calling card, maybe it’s purpose is far more sinister.

Whatever it is, it exists. Whether a fragment of another human spacecraft, or alien satellite. Only when it’s captured and examined will the mystery end. Or maybe, it will only be beginning…

Simon 🙂

Scifi Files – HAARP

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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HAARP or the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program developed for analysing the ionosphere with the aim of creating enhanced technology for radio communications. As a result of this work, communications to submarines over long distances has improved. However, the work at HAARP has been claimed by conspiracy theorist to be weaponised weather control.

It has been claimed that HAARP can control the weather and as a result, people’s minds and has been blamed for causing droughts, plane crashes and the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. HAARP has also been blamed for earthquakes and it’s claimed it could flip the magnetic pole of the Earth.

These claims have been branded as false, outside the operating parameters of the equipment. Some of these claims have been branded as not possible in natural science. The full story on HAARP can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program

What do we think? Could this facility really control the weather? People’s minds and cause earthquakes? To me it doesn’t seem possible, but then… what if it could do all of this? I agree it’s very far fetched. But if it was true – they certainly wouldn’t tell us – would they?

Simon 🙂

The SciFi Files – The Philadelphia Experiment

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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As described, the Philadelphia experiment was alleged to be a first attempt at applying cloaking technology back in 1943. As the story claims USS Eldridge was said to completely disappear and when it re-appeared crewmen reported trauma and some having partly re-materialised within the fabric of the ship.

A detailed account of this an be found here:

The Philadelphia Experiment


 

This story is believed to be a hoax, which originated from de-gaussing experiments performed on the USS Eldridge. De-gaussing the Eldridge would meant magnetic mines would not have been attracted to the ships hull. It’s also believed the stories may have in pert come from corona experiments carried out on the USS Timmerman, but neither of these experiments were claiming to be able to achieve the feats that this story claims.

No-one had that kind of technology, to test Einsteins unified field theory way back in the 1940’s… Did they? There are many holes in this story. If you wanted to run this kind of experiment why would you use a ship full of men as well to witness this? The US Navy was able to explain the ship’s movements and were able to explain that USS Eldridge was able to travel from Philadelphia to Norfolk and back again in a single day, where merchant ships could not.

The chances are this story is fake, but what if it wasn’t? What if this was done and the crew members that have reported the facts have been discredited. This kind of experiment is not one that the instigators would want broadcast, especially at the time as they throw the enemy off the truth.

What do you think? Was the USS Eldridge a huge unified field theory experiment? Will we ever know the truth…

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Photocredit @conspiracystory from Twitter

SciFi Files – Underground Cities

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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This story is very much based on locations in America, but looking more locally at London, underground tunnels and rooms have been rumored for many years. Indeed many secret underground tunnels were made during WWII so that the government and military could continue to function in case of bombing and invasion. This has been thrown open in recent years when the UK government sold off some of these tunnels or rooms for commercial use.

This commercial sell off ins’t mentioned in this article, but more information on this is here:

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People who have bought / used these these tunnel say that sometimes faint activity from another nearby room can be heard. It’s entirely plausible that more exist that are in use. If this is the case, what are they used for? It also stands to reason that this is going on elsewhere in the world like the US. What is going on beneath our feet?

Will we ever know the truth?

Universe of Possibilities

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No ownership claimed on image – found via @conspiracystory on Twitter

The SciFi Files – Julia

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?


 

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The first unexplained or mysterious file regards a a sound recorded on March 1st 1999 designated “Julia”.


 

The source of this sound is said to have been an Iceberg running aground off Antarctica as this snippet from Wikipedia states:

Julia is a sound recorded on March 1, 1999 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA said the source of the sound was most likely a large iceberg that had run aground off Antarctica. It was loud enough to be heard over the entire Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array. The unidentified sound lasted for about 15 seconds. Due to the uncertainty of the arrival azimuth, the point of origin could be between Bransfield Straits and Cape Adare.[6]

Full page and sound here: Unexplained Sounds


 

The mystery goes on to say that at about the same time NASA took pictures of an object twice the size of the Empire State building in the general area at the same time. These pictures are classified, so where has this information come from? An over ambitious conspiracy theorist? Just a made up story? But what if is isn’t, what if huge monsters exist in our oceans that we have not yet discovered? Or maybe someone has, but hasn’t lived to tell the tale?

Over the years many creatures have been washed up on our shores that we have not only never seen before but are far larger than we would imagine. The stories over the years of giant squid and giant sharks over 30 metres long refuse to die despite the lack of proof. In those deep, dark depths of the oceans where humans rarely go – we cannot tell what could live down there, what kinds of gigantic creatures could have evolved. Creatures large enough that could swallow a ship? Ships don’t just disappear – do they?

But what ever made that noise it was big, loud and the sound travelled thousands of miles. Maybe we’ll never know what made that noise…

Until the next mystery.

Universe of possibilities – Image from Twitter, exert from Wikipedia. Work is fiction, unless proven otherwise.

SciFi Files – The Well to Hell

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monster may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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This story as explained in brief on the pictures tells of a huge drilling operation that encountered a cavity. Using a microphone and other equipment they allegedly recorded the sound of the souls of the damned in hell. They stopped the operation in the hope that they would stay down there and not escape to the surface.

Ultimately this was revealed to be a hoax, the recording was traced back to a film, however the story continues to circulate. More on this story can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Well_to_Hell_hoax

But in all of this there is a the other side – what if they did drill down and record the sounds of hell? What if they did just leave the hole? What better way to keep people away and to let the idea die than to discredit it, after all – if the way to hell had been found it wouldn’t bode well to tell everyone about it? Would it?

Simon 🙂