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Soviet (or other) meteorological satellite images from the Apollo era
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post Jul 26 2011, 04:22 PM
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Hi, first post and hoping people here can help!

I've been doing some private research (aimed at debunking the 'Moon landings were hoaxed' conspiracy theories once and for all) comparing weather satellite images taken during the Apollo missions with Apollo photographs of Earth.

I've managed to source images from at least one of the ATS, ESSA & NIMBUS satellites for every day of every mission & surprise surprise the weather patterns on them are an exact match for those of the Apollo photographs. There's a thread about it on Apollohoax.net if anyone is interested in some early stuff from it.

The obvious criticism thrown at the research is that all the evidence comes from the same source, and what would really by the icing on the cake would be satellite sources from countries other than the USA. The former USSR is the obvious one as they were launching satellites at the same time.

However, I have been unable to track down any such images from non-US sources. Does anyone know of any? I've tried contacting the more well known sites to no avail. They may be lurking in Soviet journals but I don't speak Russian!

Thanks in advance.
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post Jul 26 2011, 04:39 PM
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threadworm, while I think it's folly to imagine that *anything* will convince wacky conspiracy theorists that their convoluted manufactured histories are wrong, I think this is a fun project, and I look forward to seeing your comparisons. You've come to the right place -- hopefully someone will have some ideas for where you can find Russian photos!


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post Jul 26 2011, 05:29 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Jul 26 2011, 04:39 PM) *
threadworm, while I think it's folly to imagine that *anything* will convince wacky conspiracy theorists that their convoluted manufactured histories are wrong, I think this is a fun project, and I look forward to seeing your comparisons. You've come to the right place -- hopefully someone will have some ideas for where you can find Russian photos!


Oh I know - apparently I work for the giant lizard [admin edit] agenda and am paid directly by NASA biggrin.gif

It's become a sort of obsession. It started out picking the odd image here and there, then I decided to go the whole hog & do every mission that went near the moon & make it into a sort of book that anyone can use to hit people with. Literally if they print it out wink.gif

So far I have gone through Apollo 8, 10 & 11, and have just started going through 12. I have the odd image from Apollo 13 & 16 done already but I'll re-work them to fit my narrative.

It's amazing how much information was out there all the time that no-one ever thought to look at!

My favourite is the ESSA World publication from 1970 that showed how they used satellite data to shift the Apollo 11 landing site (a story that somewhat contradicts one that did the rounds from a US Navy pilot who claims to have saved the day), which means I used a weather satellite to prove that the thing it was saving from stormy weather was up there to be saved in the first place!
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post Jul 26 2011, 05:40 PM
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Just to give an idea, this is the Earth as zoomed in on from AS11-44-6642, which is one of the images from the sequence of the lunar module returning to the command & service module.

Alongside it are images from ESSA-9, NIMBUS-3 & ATS-3 satellites as well as a Stellarium estimate of the terminator position at 21:24, when the image is recorded as being taken.

The ESSA & NIMBUS passes are given with the sources, so you can get an estimate of when the satellite would have imaged the same areas visible in the photo.



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