Of all the proofs demonstrating Apollo's patent inauthenticity, none fascinates more than that having to do with the theme of the Eagle as a "Lost
On the evening of 07/20/1969, print and television journalists had not only gathered in Houston, but at world famous Lick Observatory as well.
Excitement was in the air as the Lick Observatory staff was fixing to zap the Apollo 11 astronaut placed LRRR with their ruby red laser. In so doing,
not only would they prove to the world that the boys in red, white and blue were really up there on the moon, but said laser zapping would also show
us where in all of lunar kingdom come these fellas were EXACTLY.
The man operating the celebrated Lick Observatory telescope was the colorful Remmington Stone. And one may read Stone's first-hand account of the
07/20/1969 Mount Hamiltion goings on by going here;
(and simply clicking on the READ FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT highlight at the top of the page).
Stone recounts in this fascinating yarn how Professor Joseph Wampler picked up the phone and was told in REAL-TIME no less that the Eagle was parked
at 00°41′15′′N, 23°26′00′′E, which indeed proved to be the ultimately confirmed landing site coordinates. That said, according to
Stone, Wampler misheard the man on the other end, mistaking 00 41' 15" for 00 41' 50". No matter really when one thinks about it, as being off by 35
seconds of arc translates into missing the LRRR target by 966 feet, 27.6 feet being covered in one second of arc at the moon's equator. The ruby red
laser beam that the Lick staff began firing immediately at the LRRR(while the boys were still up there), was 2 miles wide give or take, and so given
these coordinates, even as they understood them being off by 1000 feet, why oh why oh why didn't they hit the LRRR on that first night ? It would have
been so very splendidly DRAMATIC!
On the following day, the Lick staff, having not hit the laser on their first night out, called Houston back and learned their mistake, that the north
coordinate was 00 41' 15" and not 00 41' 50", but that seemed to matter not as well. They still did not hit the LRRR. What WAS the problem ?
As it turned out, and as the principal investigator for the LRRR experiment C.O. Alley relates in the original relevant articles appearing in the
publication SCIENCE, the JPL boys had programmed the computer incorrectly. The photon bounce back timing was off. So even though the Lick
Observatory Staff had the exact LRRR coordinates on the night of the landing, they failed to hit their target because of a software problem, a problem
authored by JPL. It would not be until 08/01/1969 that everything would be straightened out and the LRRR would for the first time be successfully
As many are aware, the funny goings on as regards the Apollo 11 landing site were viewed by many, including by this author, as ever all the more
interesting, nefarious and downright DIABOLICAL when given the fact that over time, it came to light that ALTHOUGH THE LICK OBSERVATORY SCIENTISTS
WERE GIVEN THE EXACT EAGLE LANDING SITE COORDINATES ON THE NIGHT THE BIRD ALLEGEDLY SET DOWN AT TRANQUILITY BASE, IN HOUSTON, IT WAS ANOTHER STORY
ALTOGETHER. IT TURNED OUT TO BE THAT IN HOUSTON, NO ONE KNEW, OR AT LEAST CLAIMED TO KNOW WHERE THE EAGLE HAD LANDED.
This now infamous excerpt penned by Eagle launch FIDO H. David Reed from what now must be viewed as one of the most important pieces of work authored
by a front line Apollo worker in terms of its contribution to demonstrating Apollo's startling and altogether intriguing inauthenticity. This from H.
David Reed's chapter in the book FROM THE TRENCH OF MISSION CONTROL TO THE CRATERS OF THE MOON;
"After Apollo XI landed, as the World celebrated and sipped champagne, I slept in preparation for my shift prior to lunar launch. I would work with
SELECT and DYNAMICS to get all the relative geometry down and work out the correct ignition time for return to the CSM.Piece of cake really. All we
needed were landing site coordinates and a solid ephemeris on the CSM. I sat down at the console for that prelaunch shift and was debriefed by the
previous team to complete hand-off. I probably had my second cup of coffee by then and got on the loop to SELECT to get the best landing site. I
remember asking SELECT what he had for landing site coordinates. I’ll never forget his answer when he said, “take your pick FIDO!” I also
remember not reacting too positively to his offer. He explained that we had five different sites. He said “we have MSFN(tracking radars), PNGS
(primary LM guidance computer), AGS(backup LM guidance computer), the targeted landing site and, oh yes, the geologist have determined yet another
site based upon the crew’s description of the landscape and correlating that with orbiter photos”. No two of these were even close to each
So on the night of the landing, in real-time, more or less coincident with the placement of the LRRR, the Lick Observatory staff on Mt. Hamilton in
California are TOLD EXACTLY WHERE THE EAGLE WAS SITTING. Yet, according to FIDO H. David Reed, no one in Houston could tell him where in all dang
blazes that bird was within five miles. In Reed's case, having the coordinates was rather important. After all, he was only trying to figure out how
to get the Eagle back to Columbia, just a little matter of two astronauts' lives hanging in the balance. And so, doesn't it strike one as odd that
they had very good numbers for the astronomers, and no numbers at all for the FIDO ??????????
Many here I am sure know how the story played out, and plays to this day. The astronauts, not actually being on the moon, could not have their
location identified in real time, and as such, this lead to what I have become fond of calling "coordinate confusion". It was not until long after
the astronauts allegedly returned to earth that the Eagle's landing site was "found", right smack dab where they told the Lick boys it would be.
Funny they never gave H. David Reed those numbers.
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