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Did We Really Land on the Moon? Suggestions for Science TeachersOn Feb. 15, 2001, the FOX network broadcast a one hour TV program claiming that the Apollo lunar landings had all been staged in a studio set in Nevada, and that astronauts had never landed on the Moon. This claim can be refuted on many points, focused on the supposed photographic evidence indicating studio lighting or other aspects of the Apollo missions. The TV program ignored the returned lunar samples. Science teachers have been swamped with questions about the program, and this paper has been written to suggest how they can use it to stimulate interest in lunar geology. The article shows how the NASA Lunar Disk kits, available on loan to schools, can be studied by students. These samples are visibly different from terrestrial soils and rocks in several ways. There is no quartz in the lunar soil; there are no true reds and browns resulting from ferric oxides; and the textures of the soil (agglutinates and glass beads) can only be formed on an airless planet. The article has several pictures of the lunar surface and the Apollo samples, and a short bibliography for background reading.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Lowman, Paul D., Jr.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Smith, David E.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 26, 2001
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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