posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 11:39 AM
reply to post by jonnyc55
I agree, the question to answer is whether the photo could have been taken the way NASA said it was. I tried to answer that in the first post for a
bit, but I might have been too hasty.
While some have said that the angle is wrong, I have to disagree. I'd like to split it up in two different aspects; the direction Schmitt is in, and
the angle he is in.
The direction relates to which way Schmitt is facing, and if that is the correct direction to have taken the photograph. In the reflection, we see
Schmitt looking to the right. Since it is a reflection, the 'original' Schmitt is looking to the right as well. That is, to the right of the origin
of reflection, Cernan's helmet. Whether he is turned away too far or not, at any rate he is looking to the right of Cernan, which matches to the
focus of the photo. He is not facing the wrong way.
Then the question remains whether the distortion of the reflection could be so heavy that we perceive Schmitt to be standing almost perpendicular to
the reflection. We can't see Schmitt's right arm (his left arm in the reflection), so he's definitely at some angle. However, we can see a large
portion of his front, but nothing of his backside. So he's not quite at the angle he seems to be; he wouldn't have to turn much to be looking
directly at the helmet. In fact, it might be just the small turn required to get Cernan on the center of the photo..