posted on Dec, 16 2008 @ 05:51 PM
Orbital Angle Discrepancy
The image below is one that I, Astral Highway, created in order to illustrate a blindingly obvious, yet very simple discrepancy in the sequence of
events that I noticed in the fly-over video. Upon first viewing, the entire video seems rather convincing. The change over to telephoto lens from
the Apollo 20 window is represented as a smooth, logically sequenced series of events and one gets the impression that there is no editing or pausing
in the film as the camera is switched over to telephoto.
But something is so glaringly amiss here that I am surprised that noone has picked it up yet. Watch the video and pay careful attention to the
direction the Lunar Module is heading towards. I carefully matched the moonscape that scrolls across the window with a high resolution image of the
area itself. Using Photoshop, I distorted and rotated the perspective and angle of the image so that it closely matched the moonscape one sees in the
video. In the distorted image, the alleged ship is pointing in an almost East to North-East direction. Yet, when the camera is zoomed in through the
viewport window in the video, the entire object is pointing in a Southerly direction, the 'nose' almost in the direction of Apollo 20.
How can the video account for this? The 'spaceship' is suddenly in a completely different location than when the camera was zoomed out. It is
almost as if the ship is suddenly being filmed from a completely different orbital path, direction and location. If the video is supposed to be a cut
of many orbital passes being filmed during the fly-over, then I can understand the discrepancy. But the video is presented as a logical,
Another problem is why do the subtitles zoom up close with the camera lens for a moment when these are supposed to be a post-production element
inserted after the mission?
Finally... when we see the 'spaceship' up close for the first time, the whole perspective of the scene shifts and wobbles slightly in a way that
would indicate that we are seeing a small scaled model filmed from some kind of motion-control rig. It appears the motion is not entirely smooth and
the camera even appears to settle on a slightly more downward tilt than it begins with, which appears to alter the angle of the object we are looking
at. Of course, this could be an optical illusion due to the myriad of moving artifacts present in the image.