Why Can We Get A Photo Of The Rover On Mars, But Not One Of The Landers On The Moon?
Anyone who is familiar with my Hubs will verify that I'm definitely not a conspiracy theory junkie. I'm addicted to facts and I don't go off on flights of fancy unless I'm writing science fiction. However, I am insatiably curious and when a very obvious anomaly surfaces on my radar, I tend to be like a bulldog with a bone. I'm not going to let go until I get some straight answers.
That's why I welcomed the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment's (HIRISE) latest results from the Department of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As you can see in the image above, it is a stunning photo of the surface of Mars showing the little Mars Rover Opportunity! The entire image is approximately 400 meters (437 yards) across making it about four times the length of a football field, and was photographed during the afternoon of the Rover's 1783rd sol, or Mars day. The Rover Opportunity had driven 130 m (142 yards) on the prior day, so the Rover's wheel imprints are clearly visible as they cross various dark ripples to the upper right side of the vehicle.
Now that's an amazing photograph, when we consider that the Rover is 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high, 2.3 m (7.5 ft) wide and 1.6 m (5.2 ft) long, with a total weight of 180 kg (400 lb), making it lighter than a mid-sized motorcycle. You can see that little vehicle very clearly which makes it doubly amazing given the distance. Although it is often much further away, the shortest distance between Mars and the Earth is 78 million km (48 million miles).
Yes, technology is amazing. Imaging capabilities have improved to an astounding level from just 40 years ago when NASA first landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the Moon. Indeed, at the time, such imaging resolutions would have been considered impossible.
In 1969 it could not have easily been foreseen that we could see what is little more than a glorified golf cart on the surface of Mars. Which brings me to a rather fascinating question:
Why has there never been a photograph of the lunar landers on the Moon? Any of the six of them? After all, the shortest distance between the Moon and the Earth is 363,300 km (225,740 miles), making it 215 times closer than Mars! It should be extremely easy to photograph... so... where are the pics?
The lunar lander had a total height of 6.37 m (20.9 ft ), a diameter of 4.27 m (14 ft ), a total landing gear span of 9.07 m (29.8 ft) and a total weight for the descent module (which is the lower part of the lunar lander left on the moon) of 10,149 kg (22,375 lb). Let's draw some comparisons. If you were high up in a skyscraper looking down at the Mars Rover Opportunity and a Lunar Lander Descent Module parked on the street below, the former would be a bit smaller than a Smart microcar, while the latter would be about the size of three Ford Focus cars parked side by side, without even taking the landing gear into consideration. The total aerial square meters for the Lunar Descent Module minus landing gear is 18 square meters (194 sq. ft), while for the Mars Rover Opportunity it's less than 3.5 square meters (37 sq. ft.), or about 19% the size. The total mass of the Lunar Descent Module is also much larger than the Mars Rover Opportunity, as it weighs 56 times more!
Back up on the skyscraper, let's assume that you're on the 100th storey, or about 1,000 feet up, and you're looking down onto the street. Yes, if you squint, you can see that little Smart microcar sized Mars Rover. However, the Lunar Descent Module, the size of three Ford Focus cars should also be easily visible, considering that it's not 100 storeys below you, but only five feet below you! Kinda hard to miss!
However, what NASA will try to make us believe is that although we can see the Smart Car from 100 storeys up, we can't manage to get a photo of the three Ford Focus cars from five feet away.
That would be much closer than the balcony of the 99th floor!
All of this is rather puzzling, as the Lunar Descent Module should present an image which is 1,118 times larger to an Earth bound observer than the Mars Rover. Yes, I'm aware that the HIRISE images were taken from Mars orbit, but the Moon has been far more extensively mapped from orbit than Mars and for a much longer period of time. It's extremely surprising that none of the six Lunar Landers were ever spotted!
As I stated earlier, I'm not about to launch into any conspiracy theories here, as there are plenty of looney toon sites on the internet which will provide all sorts of crazy theories. But the bottom line has to be: If those six lunar landers are on the Moon... why isn't there a single photograph of any of them... unless they never got to the Moon in the first place and the lunar videos were all shot in some dusty valley in Nevada...
Our economic meltdown has made it quite obvious that we are reaching the end of this phase of human society. The era of the Pax Americana is reaching a close and it is not yet quite clear what, if anything, is going to replace it. Therefore it is high time that the American government come clean on its various peccadillos in the past. Yes, it would be nice to open up the files on the JFK assassination, Area 51, Roswell, and all of the other historical question marks. However, the single most important file to make completely public has to be the Apollo missions. Have any humans ever walked on the moon? If so, please show us all the photos from orbit that prove it. Otherwise, NASA is just seeding more and more mistrust amidst an American populace which has already had its fill of lying, scheming, obfuscations, and leger de main. That's what got us to the brink of the Great Depression II, and we've all had more than enough of that.
NASA: Tell the truth! Now! We deserve it.