posted on Apr, 10 2008 @ 09:35 PM
To Res Ipsa:
Well, it can be proven I suppose in this way. Also, when the Apollo missions were active, they placed a mirror on the moon, on the Earth side.
Scientists have bounced lasers off of that mirror to measure the distance of the Earth to the moon by the time it takes the light to travel there and
back. So in my view, there isn't much question about us going there. Sufficiently powerful telescopes could image the Apollo landing sites.
To answer the OPs most recent question:
With my Meade ETX 90, with a 2x barlow and my most powerful eyepiece, I can only see about half of the moon at a time. It's a really good zoom,
comparable to the image you posted. With my particular telescope (I don't have it set up this way, but it's possible) you can attach a camera or
video camera to the back of it using an adapter. The mirror has a switch on it, so you can direct the light either to the eyepiece, or to the camera
It would be possible, but I'm not sure it's feasible to have people watching the moon full time. It would require a worldwide network of people
willing to spend time on a slight chance of seeing something strange, and investing about $1000.00 a piece to get themselves set up with the proper
equipment to actually record data full time and put it all together and organize it. It would be an enormous undertaking.
It's an interesting idea though
I think a better option (at least for now) might be to sign up for online telescope time
[edit on 10-4-2008 by WitnessFromAfar]