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2002-Jun-19, 11:32 PM
Just found this BBC Online article from June 21, 2001.

As you will see, it is about this French guy Philippe Lheureux, who has written a Moon Hoax book (189 pages according to http://www.amazon.fr) called "Lumieres sur la Lune" (Lights on the Moon),

The link to the article is:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/monitoring/media_reports/newsid_1399000/1399132.stm

A quote:

"An amateur astronomer and photographer claims in a new book that some of the photos said to have been taken by US astronauts on the Moon were actually faked on Earth.

Frenchman Philippe Lheureux says in the book that to prevent rival countries from making use of scientific information contained in some of the genuine photos, Nasa released some fake ones.

Mr Lheureux, whose book is called Lumieres sur la Lune (Lights on the Moon), told France 2 television that Nasa took the fake pictures during training for the Apollo Moon flights. "

This pic is from the BBC site:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1395000/images/_1399132_lheureux.jpg

Caption reads:
"Mr Lheureux says some Moon shots were faked"


And this is the book´s cover (from http://www.amazon.fr):

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/2912362490.08.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

AstroMike
2002-Jun-20, 12:30 AM
I've read that article before. He brings up the same naive and ignorant arguments (e.g. "C" rock, non parallel shadows, identical backgrounds) which have been debunked on Clavius (http://www.clavius.org/index.html) and elsewhere. Why don't these people do some proper research first before writing their books?

The Rat
2002-Jun-20, 02:21 AM
On 2002-06-19 20:30, AstroMike wrote:
Why don't these people do some proper research first before writing their books?



Get with the program kid. If they did that they wouldn't get money, and the odd speaking engagement at someone else's expense.

Sheesh, ain't it obvious?!

;^)

AstroMike
2002-Jun-20, 03:42 AM
On 2002-06-19 22:21, The Rat wrote:
Get with the program kid. If they did that they wouldn't get money, and the odd speaking engagement at someone else's expense.

Sheesh, ain't it obvious?!

;^)

OK, I think see your point. But they need get at least some basic facts right before they embarrass themselves any further. But like you said, they don't care about facts, just money.

JayUtah
2002-Jun-20, 07:08 AM
I couldn't get the link to come up for me.

"An amateur astronomer and photographer

Is he amateur at both, or an amateur astronomer and a professional photographer? I wish I knew. It makes a difference.

Frenchman Philippe Lheureux says in the book that to prevent rival countries from making use of scientific information contained in some of the genuine photos, Nasa released some fake ones.

I see. "We came peace, for all mankind. Except for the French."

Our arch-rival at the time was the Soviet Union. For heaven's sake, we traded moon rocks with them!

What scientific information would those photos have contained? And why not simply withhold the sensitive photos? Since there are tens of thousands of Apollo photos available, and the author seems to believe some or most of them are genuine, why would you need to go falsify others? Just go put the "sensitive" photos in a file cabinet someplace and don't tell anyone they ever existed.

That's like stealing office supplies from your work. Nobody's going to miss a box of paper clips if there are fifty boxes in the cabinet. But if you take a box, empty out the paper clips, and put gravel in there so that it sounds like paper clips when shaken, then all you've done is to leave a undoubtable clue that someone's been stealing office supplies.

In other words, given the state of Apollo photographic evidence, such a policy would pretty much serve only to point to NASA's deception.

Nasa took the fake pictures during training for the Apollo Moon flights.

I don't think so. The lighting situation for training is very different from the actual lunar environment. And that's because you can't duplicate all the lighting conditions of the moon on the earth. You can't, for example, simultaneously get stark, hard-edged shadows and have those shadows converge and diverge correctly.

kucharek
2002-Jun-20, 07:21 AM
On 2002-06-19 20:30, AstroMike wrote:
Why don't these people do some proper research first before writing their books?

Not necessary. As long as such books sell, why change the plot? And if you really would do some research on the subject, you may find out that there is no book to write...
BTW, this week French ESA astronaut Claudie Haigneré was appointed minister for Research and New Technologies in the new French government.