Apologies if you have been asked before, but –Surely there is a telescope on Earth that can see evidence of the Moon missions and therefore put to bed any suspicion that man has not been there?

Telescopes on Earth have been used many times to bounce laser light off of retro-reflectors placed on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts, but someone who denies that we went to the Moon could always claim these devices were placed there robotically rather than by astronauts.  But even is we had cleat photos of the landing sites, I doubt very much that they would convince the Moon deniers.  These people have chosen to ignore or deny the vast amounts of evidence, including the testimony of the astronauts who went there, of the thousands of scientists who have analyzed the data and samples brought back from the Moon, and of the tens of thousands of people who participated in the launch, mission control, and recovery operations for Apollo.  Or the fact that the Russians, who competed with the U.S. to land humans on the Moon, never questioned our achievement.  For someone who is interested in the evidence, no landing site photos could be nearly as convincing as the 400 kg of lunar material brought back, which are totally unlike Earth rocks and must have an extraterrestrial origin.  I’m afraid that the Moon daniers, like the holocaust deniers or those who believe that the Earth is only a few thousand years old, have chosen to reject scientific or evidential arguments in favor of their pre-concieved beliefs.

David Morrison

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July 2, 2007

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