posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 12:32 AM
Did anybody read the story at the OPs link, From what I read, Godwin says he has explanations for the anomolies in the Moon Landings.
Here is the rest of the story; from the end of what the OP posted.
"My first reaction was: 'What's going on here? How is it possible that the flag can turn around 120 degrees?'."
Godwin says he also noticed that the shadow of the big antenna that astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell used to communicate with Earth
disappeared from one frame to the next.
"That's a pretty big thing to have disappear," said Godwin, who has written or edited more than 100 books and is the founder of Apogee Books.
Godwin says that on further investigation, he discovered that the American flag had also been flipped around on the Apollo 12 mission.
And that's when his concerns about the flapping flag were put to rest.
"In fact, it had happened on Apollo 12, that 55 minutes before liftoff, part of their procedure was to test-fire the thrusters on the lunar module,"
"That's basically a pretty big rocket engine — just above where the flag is located — and when they did that, it blew over the antenna that was
communicating with the Earth and it rotated the flag about 120 degrees."
The same thing happened with the Apollo 14 thrusters.
Godwin adds that the small rockets were powerful enough to set off a seismometer which was set up about a quarter of a mile away.
Bart Sibrel, a Nashville, Tenn., filmmaker, has remained skeptical about the American boast that they landed men on the moon.
He even documents his arguments in a 2001 video called: "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon," which is available on the Internet.
Among other claims, the video wonders how the lunar-bound astronauts could have survived travelling through the dangerous Van Allen radiation belt
which circles the Earth.
Sibrel and a camera crew confronted many of the lunar astronauts after they returned to Earth, demanding they admit the landings were faked.
He was punched in the face when he went after Aldrin, but a U.S. judge later dismissed the assault charge against the astronaut.
The conspiracy theorist was contacted twice by The Canadian Press, but did not respond when asked to comment on the Apollo 14 flag images.
But Godwin says he has answers to the questions raised by the non-believers.
He dismisses claims that fans on a movie set were making the flags move, arguing the banners were set in motion by the astronauts who planted them
into the lunar surface.
"There's a spring inside that flag (and) when you let go of the pole and stop shaking it, the spring has momentum and the flag itself has
momentum," he explained.
"It continues to wobble until that momentum has been dispersed.
"There's no air to stop it from flapping so, in actual fact, the momentum will continue longer in a vacuum than it will in air."
As for passing through the lethal Van Allen belt, Godwin says the astronauts just blasted through at the thinnest point.
"If you were to stay in, it would kill if you stayed inside the belts for a week, but they didn't," he added.
But his strongest argument is that all Apollo missions were tracked by the Jodrell Bank Observatory in England, a privately owned facility — and the
"If anybody had a vested interest in saying it was faked, you'd think it was them," he said.
"Even the Russians sent letters of congratulations saying: 'Well done'!"
Godwin's current project is "New Horizons", a photo book featuring lunar panoramas from the Apollo missions. It will be released in July.