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Originally posted by IsaacKoi
KingAmongstMen: "A question - Has this been debunked... ?"
An answer: Yes, it has...
At very considerable length, by various individuals addressing each of the relevant points in a long discussion on another forum (space.com) a couple of years ago.
The previous discussion here
Originally posted by KingAmongstMen
There has been a great deal of misidentification associated with the unknown figure as seen in the AS-137-20900 frame by some viewers. Part of the misidentification is resultant from inattention to detail and unfamiliarity with U.S. astronaut equipment. More significantly, ‘denial’ seems to be the major factor in seeing the unknown figure as a U. S. astronaut.
For example, it is quite common for a viewer in denial to process the helmet as being “the same’ and explaining away the differences by saying the ‘visor is up’ in the disputed image. The below comparison image demonstrates why the visor explanation is incorrect.
Once again - The below photograph (AS17-137-20904 -Image courtesy NASA- labeling & inset added ) shows a fresh non-U.S. astronaut boot print in the lunar soil in front of the Station 2 Boulder with a U.S. partial print approximately two feet to the right. This non U.S. print is attributable to the unknown figure as seen in AS17-137-20900 who is apparently working with Cernan and Schmitt at Station 2. A further description of the Boulder 1 photographic sequence may be seen at - www.lunararcheology.org/station2_taurus.html
Significant differences in boot print size, shape, and tread pattern are seen in the below labeled comparison showing the standard 9 ridge U.S. pattern versus the more slender 7 ridge pattern from Station 5 and the unique 5 ridge pattern as seen at Station 2. (Images courtesy NASA- labeling & arrangement have been added)
The above referenced sequence is found at -
The entry to the website containing this information is - www.lunararcheology.org/