The people out there in the World who are so intent on finding some "smoking gun proof" af NASA fakery, it boggles the mind.
Someone asked earlier, and I ditto: "What has happened to the education system in general, and to the current younger generation in particular?"
Critical thinking, and real-world experience seem to be flying out the windows...
Take a look at this actual, real photo (Unless someone wishes to claim IT
is somehow "faked" for some unknown reason....):
Taken in a place nearly as desolate as the Moon -- the Antarctic. But, at least there is air to breathe, there!
The woman in the photo is holding a mirror ball. Provided a similar effect to the Astronaut's EVA suit visor.
That photo should go a long way to explain just HOW a convex reflective surface will alter your perceptions of perspective, and relative sizes.
Stuff that most people (I always believed) knew rather instinctively, after just a few years of life and experience.
I keep suggesting this, doubt if many ever take me up on it, but go out and READ some BOOKS! There are a lot of darned good ones out there, and they
cover the Space Program, the actual facts, (not the usual garbage that is sometimes seen infecting the Internet).
Since this is about Apollo 17, I recommend Gene Cernan's biography (I just finished reading it), title is "Last Man On The Moon
Go check out your local library, you can borrow books there FOR FREE!
Even today, in the 21st Century!!
And, always judge what you see on the Web with a critical eye......
Speaking of Internet, there ARE some gems of good info, out there. Found this whilst doing the 'googleing'...
Besides some other, very basic (and sometimes sorely needed, here at ATS) science, it discusses the convex mirror physics as well....
[edit on 22 April 2010 by weedwhacker]