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Originally posted by SmokeJaguar67
reply to post by Mr Mask
Tell that to the man who had his clock cleaned after he called Buzz Aldrin a "coward, liar and a thief" when he tried to tell him the moon landings were a hoax.
Buzz sure can swing a mean right hook
Originally posted by KRISKALI777
reply to post by ChemBreather
Why wouldn't we be able to go past the 'Van Allen Belts' or Magnetosphere?
Originally posted by Total Package
Because of the high levels of radiation in the Van Allen belts... which we were not aware of at the time of the Apollo Missions.
Originally posted by Decoy
reply to post by SmokeJaguar67
Weren't they? I mean, how is it no moon dust on the tires (landing struts) once landed ? How did they get that camera down and to the left (ground level) when Armstrong walked down the ladder?
Did the AF-OSI boys do their magic?
The Lunar Module’s Descent Engine Shut-Off
The Apollo LMs had an antenna that when it came into contact with the lunar surface would trigger a light inside the craft. This light would be a signal to the astronauts to shut off the engine. Hence, the engine would be shut off before the craft landed.
Putting the Pieces Together to Debunk the Claim
At this point, we have two facts. First, lunar dust will drop straight down if it is released – be it from an astronaut that picks it up or from the force of a rocket engine’s exhaust (which, while not strong enough to create a crater was strong enough to suspend lunar dust). Second, the Apollo engines were shut off before the craft landed.
Consequently, as soon as the engines shut off, the source of a temporary atmosphere that surrounded the craft was terminated, and the dust that was suspended in it immediately dropped towards the lunar surface. The craft still had both a horizontal component to its trajectory, and the legs were above the majority of any of the temporary atmosphere that suspended the dust.
Hence, when the craft landed, it landed both to the side of the settled dust, and the dust would have already settled before the craft touched down, preventing any from being deposited on the LM’s footpads.
The television camera was packed aboard the Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA). This was a bay of equipment strapped to the side of the lunar module and wrapped in insulation. It contained the astronauts' tools and supplies for their surface mission. Once on the surface it could be lowered like a drawbridge.
Because it was a prime publicity moment, NASA had to figure out a way to televise the first footsteps on the moon. They did this by arranging for Neil Armstrong to be able to open the MESA while still on the ladder by means of a lanyard connected to the MESA latch.
Once opened automatically, the television camera on a special strut would spring into place and begin transmitting. It was pre-aimed at the ladder. The Apollo 11 press kit distributed in 1969 even contains a diagram showing journalists what they should expect to see with this television camera.