The Impossible Apollo 11 Hasselblad Camera Shots

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If they have no answer NASA just looks the other way.

Our previous article "The Apollo 11 Landing Point Designator" explains how the LPD must have been in the field of view of the Hasselblad camera, even though it does not show up in the Hasselblad photographs. Furthermore we learn that it is possible to calculate the position the camera was in when the picture was taken. We will now show that the Apollo 11 photographs from the lunar surface were made in a studio environment and not on the moon.

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The glare shield.

It is all to do with the glare shield. Inside the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) There was a glare shield beside the window that prevented the astronauts being blinded by the sun when working on the control panel. It can clearly been seen in Apollo mission photo AS11-37-5529 (at the bottom of this article). In this photo the LPD is hidden behind the glare shield. We informed NASA and the ALSJ about this problem in 2012 and now it is time you hear the truth about the impossible camera shots. Credit to NASA, LPI and ALSJ for images.

The Landing Point Designator (LPD).

The Commander can look through a set of scribe marks on the inner and outer windows of the Lunar Module and the LPD angle will tell him where to look along the vertical scale to find out where the computer thinks they are going to land. When we compared the still images with the 16mm film footage we noticed that the LDP lines did not show up in the Hasselblad images. The Image to the left is the Apollo LPD seen from inside the Lunar Module (Credit to ALSJ).

Below you can see Hasselblad image AS11-39-5843 on the left and a still frame from the 16mm film footage on the right.

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Why did the LPD disappear on the Hasselblad images?

NASA has never answered our question but the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (ALSJ) did respond. Their first response was that the Hasselblad camera was positioned to the side of the LPD, which is why it did not show up in the photograph. However this was easily debunked by AwE130, as a reflection of the LPD (see article) can be seen in Apollo 11 photographs taken with the Hasselblad camera. The reflections show that the LPD must have been inside the field of view of the Hasselblad camera. The ALSJ had no other option than to admit that we were correct. The only other explanation they could come up with was that the Hasselblad camera was so close to the window that the LPD was out of focus and therefore not registered by the camera. This is possible but not very likely, as we will show you in a moment.

The 16mm film footage gives it away.

If you look at the 16mm footage you will notice that the LPD is clearly visible. The LDP is marked on both the inner and outer windows, which are approximately 1 inch apart. If you look at the LPD on the 16mm frame you can see a wide spread between the two LPD marks which would only be visible if it was filmed under an extreme angle. It must also have been filmed away from the window, otherwise the LPD would not show up at all (according to the ALSJ). The video below shows the few seconds of 16mm footage that exposes the Apollo 11 photo and film material. Credit to NASA for the film material.


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Here is the problem.

Beside the window was a glare shield that blocked the light so that the astronauts would not be blinded by the sun when working on the control panel. This glareshield is seen in the Apollo mission photo below with Neil Armstrong. The 16mm film camera could not have achieved the angle required to see the apollo11 hasselbladspread of the LPD markers because the glare shield is in the way. Nor would the Hasselblad camera have fit between the glareshield and the window. The glare shield is never described as having been taken down in any report we could find, and we are quite sure it was not taken down or moved away during the Apollo 11 mission (however if anyone finds any information on this we are more than willing to look into it). Try to fit the camera between the glareshield and the LPD on the window under an extreme angle so you get the spread between the two lines seen in the 16mm footage. You can't, but have a try anyway. Neither the Hasselblad camera nor the film camera will fit between the LPD marks on the window and the glareshield. The ALSJ has been aware of this problem for more than six years now, as AwE130 informed the ALSJ chief editor about it in 2012. We also emailed NASA and addressed the problem to them. Houston you have a problem, it is called The Whisper!

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