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Originally posted by BarryZuckercorn
Regarding the Russians, what about the possibility that the space race was actually a co-operative endeavor between the Russians and the Americans? If that were the case, and if they were using a technology other than what is officially discussed, then they would have a very good reason for faking the moon photos, even if they did land on the moon.
It's very possible....tedious, but possible...to reverse-engineer the gross characteristics of a Saturn V. I know this to be the case, because a particularly sadistic professor from my university days actually dropped essentially that project into our collective laps as a semester project.
Originally posted by Brother Stormhammer
There's a lot of "if" in there.
Let's start with the supposition that the space race was a co-operative effort. If it was, it was the only such effort between the US and the Soviets in that period. Back then, everything was seen as a contest between the two ideologies, and the two nations that championed them. The Olympic games, the space race...even the blood-sport that is Professional Chess! (Before any chess players here get steamed at me, I'm not mocking the game...and certainly not the serious nature of high-level chess!). If there was a way to make 'points' at the other side's expense, the points were made. Look at the way the press on both sides of the Iron Curtain responded to Sputnik (which was, from a scientific standpoint, a non-event). To read the headlines, one would've thought that a simple radio beeper orbiting the Earth heralded the End of Democracy (tm), and the Ultimate Triumph of the Proletariat! (c), depending on which side you were on.
What evidence do we have for "Them" using "a technology other than what is officially discussed"? Technical data on the Saturn V / Apollo vehicle is available, and declassified. It's very possible....tedious, but possible...to reverse-engineer the gross characteristics of a Saturn V. I know this to be the case, because a particularly sadistic professor from my university days actually dropped essentially that project into our collective laps as a semester project. If you do go through the effort, you'll find that while the engineering is tight, it's well within the capabilities of the system as published. In short, there's no need for 'technology other than what is officially discussed' to get the job done...
...and the supposition of 'exotic' technology opens up huge problems. To pose just a few: Where was this exotic technology built?
How was it installed aboard the Saturn V / Apollo?
What happened to it after the termination of the Apollo program?
Originally posted by debunky
reply to post by BarryZuckercorn
why should it?
To make something "visible" by adjusting contrast it must be there already. What should be at the point where the "real 2D" (from the real object projected on the photos film) meets the "fake 2D" (from the background image) If whoever made the "fake" part of the picture screwed up there might be errors, but they would be visible regardless of contrast values.