posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 10:41 PM
It should be fairly simple to annotate the time and date, and the orbit of each spacecraft that took the two photos, and then judge where the Sun was
in relation. For instance, the picture on the left shows the umbra...or perhaps better term is, well, the terminator clearly on the Earth, while the
Soviet pic on the right has a fuller view of the daylight side of Earth...only conclusion is different angle of illumination by the Sun.
BTW, since the Earth is not fully 'dayside' in the pic on left, the Sun is therefore 'higher' in the 'sky' relative to the camera as the pic was
taken, hence the Moon's surface is more bright.
This is only ONE explanation for the difference in tone and color of the Moon in the foreground...I mean, in terrestrial terms, consider how a beach
will look different when photographed at different times of day...assuming same camera, same film, same angle...
Of course, this is not the case in these two pictures...
I am sorry, but sometimes I find it beneath the dignity of ATS to use 'photographic evidence' from outside sources to make one's claim...that is
the purview of other sites, IMO.
(editing to add...yes, of course, certain photos are valuable to state one's case, but not two different ones from two sources, when the variables
between them are not fully understood nor explained. THAT is when it becomes disingenuous to point to them and claim one, or both, are 'obviously'
fake. It's the apple vs. orange argument.)
[edit on 8-1-2008 by weedwhacker]