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Wagging the Moondoggie: Part I

“It is commonly believed that man will fly directly from the earth to the moon, but to do this, we would require a vehicle of such gigantic proportions that it would prove an economic impossibility. It would have to develop sufficient speed to penetrate the atmosphere...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part II

“Well,” you now say, “what about all those cool Moon rocks? How did they get those? The Moon is, you know, the only source of Moon rocks, so doesn’t that prove that we were there?” No, as a matter of fact, it does not prove that we were there, and as odd as it may...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part III

If the Moon landings were faked, then one question that naturally arises is: why would any government go to such extreme lengths to mount such an elaborate hoax? The most obvious answer (and the one most frequently cited by skeptics) is to reclaim a sense of national...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part IV

"Once on the Moon, on the lunar surface in the dress, in the life support system, you couldn't see the camera. They couldn't bend their head that far down to see the scale ... They had no viewfinder - they had to aim by moving their body." - Jan Lundberg, chief...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part V

Stars are not the only thing missing in the Moon photos. Also conspicuously absent is any indication that the lunar modules actually landed in the locations in which they were photographed. Specifically, there is no crater visible under any of the modules, despite the...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part VI

 “It took pilots 50 years to progress from scarf-and-goggles barnstorming to setting down footprints on the Sea of Tranquility; it will have taken another half-century for us to return to the moon.” - David Nolan writing in Popular Mechanics, March 2007 (according to...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part VII

 “The LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) was coated in Mylar. To many engineers, the final vehicle was an insult to every notion of what a spacecraft should look like … It was one of the weirdest and most improbable flying machines ever conceived.” - Moon Machines: The...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part VIII

“Whenever I saw a model of the lunar module, it had these rigid sides and really looked strong. Turns out that external portions of the lunar module are made up of Mylar and cellophane and it’s put together with Scotch tape and staples. We had to have pads on the...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part IX

“During the flight of Gemini 7, the crew will remove their lightweight spacesuits and fly in their underwear.” -  James V. Correale, Jr., the head of the Gemini Support Office “There’s no question in our minds; the only way to fire these things is without pressure...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part X

“The mission of Apollo 8, quite apart from its significant scientific meaning, stimulated an immense rejuvenation of the spirit of mankind, and that spirit needed rejuvenation. A year featured by two grim assassinations , by riots, by racial and social strife, and a...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part XI

“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold – brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part XII

“As launch windows open and close, the next missions move forward. Two test flights of the lunar landing vehicle, and then the proposed landing on the Moon. And plans are in the making now which include fly-bys of other planets; visits to what Dr. Bunche calls...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part XIII

 “It’s a journey we can’t repeat with today’s technology, but in 1969, a group of astronauts risked everything to walk on the Moon.” - When We Left Earth, Discovery Channel, 2010 Let’s start this final (for now at least, though I reserve the right to revisit the issue...

Wagging the Moondoggie: Part XIV

Yeah, I know, I know – a lot of you were expecting, and have been waiting somewhat patiently for, and have probably even been promised, a new installment of the Laurel Canyon series. And I will readily admit that I did say, with the launch of the last Apollo...