In order to drag this thread kicking and screaming on topic, I decided to go back to the OP video, and I think there are some fundamental errors in it
that call in to question the video maker's ability to interpret what's on the screen. A lot of the error is down to him misreadng where the terminator
is and the direction from which the sun is shining.
I would respectfully point people towards my own site, where I have matched the timings of Apollo TV and still images with where the lunar terminator
should be. Serendipitously, I also cover images taken during this first TV broadcast.
I have also plotted the photographs taken in Google Moon (available elsewhere on my site), which allows you to determine the orbital paths taken
during the missions. The plots suggest that the path is one that flew directly over Herschel, rather than bisecting Herschel and Mösting craters.
He identifies 4 camera angles shown in the video, and states that the first one is looking south from a position just north-east of Herschel. In fact
it is looking north towards Agrippa from a position 200 miles east of Herschel. You can see the view more clearly on this image taken during the same
orbit. The terminator is just off to the west, and the crater shadows show that we must be looking north.
He puts the next angle as looking north from a position north west of Herschel, but he's wrong again.
The second camera view shows that the crater shadows have changed direction, and we must therefore by looking the opposite way. Conrad discusses
looking at a large crater wall but the small crater visible is Birt crater. The view finally settles on Thebit and Arzachel craters. This eventually
pans over to Lassell crater and a smaller one to the east of it. It's worth mentioning that Conrad isn't sure of the identity of some of the craters
because he doesn't have his chart with him.
The third camera angle claims to be looking towards Mösting crater from a position above Flammarion, but is actually looking almost vertically down
towards the south of Guericke crater. This evenutally looks over towards Catena Davy before we switch to the final view, the one claimed to be
it's claimed to be Mösting mostly because that's what Conrad says it is, but we already know he's unsure of what he's looking at so can we be sure he
has identified it correctly?
We have established that the CSM is now somewhere over Guericke crater, which means it is now considerably further west than the camera angle the OP
claims. We do have the benefit of this view east from somewhere near that position.
and you can make out Mösting crater on the left, just above halfway up the image.
Now let's compare the two, after first rotating the still image to get the shadows to match better:
Well, for my money there seem to be several features missing from this view of Mösting compared with the crater the OP is claiming is Mösting. So
where is it?
Well, the angle of the light is consistent with a view towards the northern hemisphere rather than the south, and just before it cuts back to the nice
Army newsreader we can see the lunar horizon, so it's a fairly oblique view looking at a large feature. How does this one match up?
It's Eratosthenes, and not only is it 300 miles away from Mösting, it is 3 times as big, which would make any artificial objects easily visible from
OK, so what?
There is still this alleged feature present right?
Erm, well clearly not, seeing as we have an Apollo image that is taken on the same orbit that doesn't show it.
The basic errors in the OP video suggest someone who doesn't actually check facts much, and this combines with other evidence to show that the alleged
artefact just isn't there.
edit on 2-2-2014 by onebigmonkey because: links and stuff