- A video from the website moontruth.com has been around
for some time now. But it seems no one has taken a closer look at this
video. We will here. The thirty four second video clip shows an astronaut
on the Lunar Lander ladder about to take his historic first step. Moments
after he steps onto the fake lunar surface, a light bar comes crashing
- But WHO is actually working on this production?
- WHY DID THE MOON BROADCAST APPEAR AS GRAINY VIDEO?
- First, according to NASA engineers a slow-scan camera
was specially designed to work within the existing radio channel bandwidth,
and to operate within a given power budget. However, according to at least
one NASA engineer who worked on the camera design that a slow scan to
NTSC converter was not available for the real moonwalk. (NTSC is the
overthe-air broadcast standard still in use today throughout America
as of this writing.) NASA has claimed that they simply pointed a broadcast
studio camera at a monitor, hence the grainy pictures. This also appears
to be the case in the rehearsal video.  (This video is a permanent
link down on the left side of the rense.com homepage.)
- EVIDENCE OF MILITARY ASSISTANCE
- The various branches of the service have both dress uniforms
and work uniforms. The top half of a common work uniform consists of a
dress shirt (for the army, it's light green) with rank insignias on the
sleeves and a necktie. In the following video clips, I attempted to use
frames where the stage crew members were standing relatively still to
minimize video artifacts. The following stills are not enhanced in any
way except for graphic notation added for clarity. Sharpening any image
will create additional artifacts which will further confuse the issue
and was not performed on any of these images for that reason.
- Still Frame 1 near beginning of video. White
arrow points to edge of elevated stage
- ((Above) Still frame 2- In this frame of the
video moments after the light bar crashes we see a man who rushed in to
assist the astronaut/ actor. It is difficult to make out his rank or service
here. (Fallen light bar can be seen at the rear of the image, just over
the shoulder of this man bending forward slightly.)
- Still frame 3 - Another man who rushed onto the
set to provide assistance appears to have an arm patch. This also appears
to have an insignia which might be possibly a tech sergeant or higher
rank. Since the shirt appears to reflect about the same amount of light
as the astronaut's white spacesuit the shirt is probably either white
or light green, and not dark blue.
- Still frame 4 - in this last frame near the end
of the video clip, we can make out a shoulder insignia and other possibly
bars or an insignia on his sleeve, possibly a flag. Moments later in the
video, this man gives the astronaut assistance to get back up the ladder
to reset the scene for another take. Orange arrow pointing at the simple
tubular ladder which will be referred to later.
- What's also interesting about this video is that during
this entire rehearsal disaster, not one man who ran in to assist the astronaut/
actor ever turned his face toward the camera. None of them ever looked
back in that direction, which anyone would certainly do when taking instructions
from the director who usually sits beside the camera.
- If this entire video is a fake, it's an extremely well
made fake. Including the authentic spacesuit the actor playing the astronaut
wears. And down to the tiniest detail, including a barely audible "Cut!"
yelled by a director off-camera moments later after the light bar came
- NASA REHEARSALS MUST BE CONSIDERED
- All of this is further complicated by the fact that EVERY
detail of each NASA space mission is meticulously planned and rehearsed,
even today. Today, underwater space walks in huge NASA pools are used
to simulate neutral buoyancy for space walks. After the light bar comes
crashing down, we can see the "Lunar surface" is perhaps a 20ft.
square on an elevated stage. In another part of the video (not shown
here) a stage crew member rushes over to examine the light bar that fell.
The elevated stage is about waist high on him, putting it about three
feet above the actual floor. This is a common technique used to place
the action at the level of the camera lens. Broadcast cameras of that
era were mounted on massive, tall pedestals.
- UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
- But if this is a legitimate rehearsal, why did NASA do
it using slow scan television? Why are the stage crew members never showing
their face? Was this rehearsal performed to see how the historic first
moon walk will appear to the world on television, when the astronaut jumps
steps off the ladder? There may also be a "peter-pan rig" with
steel wires attached to the astronaut/actor, but because of the poor
resolution we cannot reliably see it. Most likely there is such a rig
overhead, since he drops to the fake lunar surface in slow-motion, yet
the stage crew rushes in at normal speed. This is also a clue. If this
scrapped footage escaped the cutting room floor, why wasn't simply erased
for re-use or thrown away in the trash? Why was this footage kept, who
kept it and how did it survive for 38 years? If this was originally videotape
material, professional studio decks that can record/play this tape are
only found in museums. Who transferred it to another medium, what medium
was it and when was that done? Why did someone wait for some many years
before making it public? All these questions need to be answered so that
the chain of evidence will have integrity.
- This rehearsal required a large crew of people and a
substantial budget. Only a small portion of the production crew was visible
in this video. Keep in mind that the Lunar Lander for the first moon
landing could not land where NASA planned it to, because of massive boulders
seen at the landing site by the Lunar module commander at the last minute
- MYSTERY LADDER
- Still frame from actual television broadcast
of historic moonwalk in 1969.  I personally saw it live in 1969, and
there wasn't any NASA video text at the bottom of the image. The event
was broadcast live as shown above.
- WHITE arrow: Normal video blanking bar created by television
receiver which was used for this photograph (NTSC video)
- BLUE arrow: Flip-down panel on the side of the Lunar
Lander which holds the video camera that took this image. Astronaut removed
the camera later from this stowed position during a moonwalk
- RED arrow: Could this be the edge of the stage seen during
rehearsal takes, or is it the real edge of the shadow of the Lunar Lander
actually on the Moon? More on this later.
- ORANGE arrow - This ladder which is supposedly the one
world saw during the historic first moonwalk, is a DIFFERENT ladder than
the one shown in the rehearsal (Frame 3, also note orange arrow added
to Frame 3.). The ladder in this image looks very similar to a household
outdoor extension ladder, and it is attached to the lander's strut. Rectangular
vertical supports for this ladder with which the rungs are welded to or
pressed into, are substantially wider and thicker than the TUBULAR ladder
shown in Frame 3. Again, the ladder in frame 3 is clearly a made of welded
tubes and not extruded aluminum. Fine black bars visible in this image
which run diagonally across the image are the probably result of an aliasing
frequency created by the difference between the NTSC horizontal frame
rate and the far slower scan rate from the Lander's special slow-scan
- If the video in question (shown in still frames 1 through
3 in this essay) is merely a rehearsal, why would NASA use a DIFFERENT
LADDER for such an important rehearsal? They would not do so, especially
since the ladder is a key functional part of this historic moment.
- Ladder differences aside, the actual broadcast footage
which the world saw shows the same edge of the stage (red arrow) at the
same angle as Still Frame 1 (white arrow.) The only way to put this entire
matter to rest will be to obtain legitimate documents and testimony from
participants. Perhaps documentation still exists for this rehearsal. The
real challenge will be to verify any new evidence which shows that the
rehearsal footage is a fake. But everything considered, these still photo
comparisons appear to verify it is true:
- Side by side comparison of live broadcast video
(left) and rehearsal video (still frame 1, right) Note that the text "LIVE
FROM SPACE..." is part of the rehearsal footage, not the aired footage.
The actual aired footage (left image above) did not show this. 
- More important is that the stage (Lunar surface) appears
at exactly the same angle with respect to the ladder angle. Some small
differences in the two spacesuits are also visible here.
- Is this the smoking gun?
- Ted Twietmeyer
-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDs23G2zQMo
-  http://www.univie.ac.at/cga/art/a11tvarm.jpg
-  http://history.sandiego.edu/GEN/recording/