Lunar rocks debunk moon landing conspiracy theories

Lunar rocks debunk moon landing conspiracy theories
Credit: The Australian National University

Rocks collected from the moon 50 years ago and analyzed by an international team of scientists, including from the Australian National University (ANU), dispel any notion that the lunar landing was faked, an ANU expert says.

ANU scientist Professor Trevor Ireland, who is a space expert, said no conspiracy would have or could have made the moon rocks.

"Any attempt to make moon rocks in a laboratory would be a monumental failure and likely cost more money than it took NASA to get to the moon and back," said Professor Ireland from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences. "The lunar soil is like nothing we have seen before on Earth. It is the result of eons of bombardment on the surface of the moon. The rocks have compositions that are unique to the moon."

Professor Ireland said the scenario of an unmanned mission retrieving the moon rocks was also practically impossible. "There are 380 kg of moon rocks. Getting this amount of material back to Earth is just as difficult as getting 24 Apollo astronauts on nine missions to the moon and back to Earth. That six of the missions landed on the moon, and brought samples back to Earth, is one of the greatest achievements in history. To this day, we continue to analyze the Apollo lunar rocks and they still have surprises for us."

Professor Ireland was not part of the team that analyzed the first samples of in 1969, but several ANU researchers were: Ross Taylor, Bill Compston, Ted Ringwood and John Lovering. Professor Ireland has worked with these first moon rock researchers and on lunar materials, and knows the significance of their work and back stories from this exciting time.

"Everyone knows about Australia's role in relaying live television of the first steps on the moon, but the work that these ANU scientists did is one of the other great Australian stories from the moon landing 50 years ago that people may have never heard before.

"Ross led the NASA team that carried out the first analysis of the lunar rock that Neil Armstrong collected, revealing that the moon had experienced a global melting event in its history.

"Bill's analyses revealed that the age of lunar rocks was extremely old—older than anything on Earth.

"Ted and John's work revealed that the had a new set of minerals that are not found on Earth."

Emeritus Professor Taylor, who is 93 and continues to maintain a strong interest in space rocks, said working with the Apollo mission in 1969 was the opportunity of a lifetime. He recalled working with bulky gloves on samples in sealed boxes, under tight security with armed guards. "I often worked from 7 am until 3 am the following day to deliver results to daily press conferences, such was the huge level of interest globally in our findings," Professor Taylor said. "Any error in the analysis would have ruined my reputation. Only moments before one press conference I realized we had made a big mistake and corrected it—just in the nick of time. It was an exhilarating time to be a scientist."

Professor Taylor recalled narrowly avoiding being quarantined and prevented from working with the lunar rocks for many several when a container was spilt in the Johnson Space Center laboratory. "I hid in a lavatory to avoid the professional isolation from the rocks I was working on," Professor Taylor said. "My heart was racing that day, I can assure you."


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Jul 20, 2019
I don't understand why it is that I keep seeing this obvious error all over the internet. There have been TWENTY-SEVEN astronauts who have gone to the moon, NOT twenty-four.
They were the three-man crews of Apollos 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Nine missions in total, three men each = twenty-seven.

Jul 20, 2019
Apollo 13 did NOT land on the moon.

Jul 20, 2019
I'm aware of that. Neither did 8 or 10. But all three went to the moon, as did the other six. It has been pointed out to me that three of those astronauts went twice, so 24 is the correct number.

Jul 20, 2019
Among other things a demonstration of how gullible so many people are.
They are told that the composition of the moon rocks is different from any on earth. What is the proof? The word of those who claim they analyzed the rocks? Where is the proof that they can be trusted? The marquee for today's Phys Org has about a theory about dolphin skin being ridged that continued, "peer reviewed" for almost a century only to be disproved now! How much can what any "scientist" says be trusted?
Likewise, what proof is there that there are 380 kilograms of moon rocks. The "scientists" who said cholesterol was dangerous, then only high density lipoproteins were dangerous and, now, that none are dangerous? The ones who warned against eggs, chocolate, coffee red wine, until they were proved not necessarily harmful? Those who authorized Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex and such for use?
There is no evidence "scientists" necessarily can be trusted.

Jul 20, 2019
See for yourself, Julian:
https://www.youtu...mp;t=39s

Jul 20, 2019
Among other things a demonstration of how gullible so many people are.
They are told that the composition of the moon rocks is different from any on earth. What is the proof? The word of those who claim they analyzed the rocks? Where is the proof that they can be trusted? .


Idiot. Who had the most to gain by debunking the claims that the U.S. had gone to the Moon? The U.S.S.R. Who, as luck would have it, had their own rocks. And the Apollo rocks were distributed to universities all around the world. And are still being analysed to this day. So, all those people, for half a century, are in on a giant conspiracy? Or you are talking out of your arse? I'll go with the latter.

Jul 21, 2019
Among other things a demonstration of how gullible so many people are.
There is no evidence "scientists" necessarily can be trusted.
What proof can you show me that the moon isn't made of green cheese? There's no evidence that you can be trusted. Nobody can prove to me that you exist. You could be an advanced commenting chat-bot. In fact, fizz·org could be a totally fake site cranking out fake research 'news'. I could be the only real--human--commenter here, exchanging deeply meaningless posts with thousands of computer-generated persona.

Jul 22, 2019
@julianpenrod

Among other things a demonstration of how gullible so many people are.

Go hide

Jul 22, 2019
What proof can you show me that the moon isn't made of green cheese?


Wallace and Gromit went to the moon and said it tasted similar to Wensleydale.

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