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Proof of Apollo 11 On
Stage In Geographic Documentary

Ted Twietmeyer

Proof of Apollo 11 On Stage In Geographic Documentary

In 2007 a National Geographic aired a 45 minute documentary about the NASA Apollo history.
I recently found this program on-line.

A few years ago I wrote about the first Apollo Moon steps taking place on a stage. Now we have more
proof this took place.

No image editing, filtering or manipulation was performed by the author.

Fig. 1 - Still frame from a video clip by NASA shows astronauts walking around on a stage during training. Location unknown.

Note how the edge of the floor sharply transitions to darkness in the background. More on this later.
This is a lunar lander mockup; ladder is not wrapped with gold heat-reflecting foil as the real lander was.

One astronaut in the documentary said, "On Earth, my backpack would make me weigh about 350lbs."
So how could these two astronauts even stand up? Simple - these are not full Moon-ready backpacks.

Fig. 2 - Apollo 11 landing first Moon walk steps as seen on a big screen at mission control. A washed-out image is what the world saw that day.

A black and white video camera was mounted on the inside of a access panel for tools on the lander, base near the ladder. Panel was hinged and dropped down when released by a control inside the lander. This system was used to capture the first steps on the Moon.


Fig. 3 - First step onto the Moon. Note the edge of the stage in the background and a DIFFERENT ladder in figure 1.

NASA would NOT rehearse with one type of ladder, then switch to a narrower ladder on the real lander. Note ground shadows and parallel marks in soil. Compare background edge of the lighted area to figure 1.

Fig.4 -  This following video scene now shows a brilliant light source and different ground shadows when compared to figure 3. Perhaps the documentary's editor grabbed this image from a latter Apollo mission.

Regardless of the source of the above image, compare the dark straight edge of the lighted ground surface to the same feature in figures 1 and 3. It almost appears here that color video was transmitted from the Moon. Most importantly, this video clip is no longer washed out even when projected on a giant screen at mission control. All video from the Moon transmitted by Apollo 11 was always in black and white, as seen in figure 3.

This scene may be showing of the actual Kubrick-produced moon walk footage which has a different ladder than seen in figure 1, too.

Fig. 5 - This next scene shows a washed out black and white image. This is what the world saw
live on television from Apollo 11 that day. Compare this to figures 1, 3 and 4. Where is the bright light source seen in figure 4?

According to the engineer who designed the video camera system, he was given extremely limited bandwidth for the video signal. Since this was not directly compatible with standard broadcast format, a studio camera was aimed at a monitor which was able to display this low resolution format. He claims this is why the image is of such low quality. Figures 3 and 4 contradict this.

Is it a COINCIDENCE that the lighted edge of the ground in the background is at the SAME ANGLE in all these clips, and at the SAME ANGLE as floor in the astronaut practice scene visible in figure 1?

If not a coincidence, then figure 1 shows the lunar lander on a stage which has not yet been dressed for shooting the scene, i.e., without soil or rocks.

Fig. 5a - Supposedly this is the right ladder. Confused yet? If the heavier ladder was the one used on the Apollo missions, would NASA train astronauts with a wide ladder mockup, then swuse a narrow ladder for the real mission? Having been involved with the space program for many years, I can tell you point blank that this, will, not, happen.

Fig.6 - This next Apollo video clip in the documentary was taken from high up on the lander. WHO took the video?
Astronaut is seen here lowering himself with a tether, apparently in mid-air? Why? The lander has a ladder. If this was taken from the only outside platform on the lander - the same platform outside the lander hatch and directly above the ladder, then why is this astronaut way off to the side?




Fig. 7 - Another frame from the tethered astronaut scene. Tether was flipping up and down in this short clip in the documentary. Compare slight tether position change in this freeze-frame to figure 6 freeze frame.

Fig.7 - Lunar lander takeoff preparation scene.

Figures 7, 8 and 9 can only be re-enactments. No lunar lander ever returned completely back to Earth. All lunar landers (except one) were jettisoned in Lunar orbit and destroyed by lunar impact later in each mission.
Apollo 13 was the exception; it was used as a life boat to get back to Earth after the command module
was crippled by a oxygen tank rupture. It was jettisoned in Earth orbit and never landed on Earth.


Fig. 8 - Closeup of control panel with broken control in lunar takeoff preparations scene.

This scene in the documentary is contrary to what astronaut Buzz Aldrin stated in another documentary. He used the open end of his pen cap to actuate a broken handle on a circuit breaker. What about the paddle switch to right of the hole in the foreground? If the paddle broke off this switch, it may be possible to activate it by sliding a pen cap onto the broken shaft.

Mr Aldrin stated the circuit breaker armed the lunar lander ascent engine circuit.

This scene in figure 8 further contradicts Buzz Aldrin's testimony:

1. Panel label for this control (hole) is not for a circuit breaker, but is a hole for a potentiometer.
Most people know a potentiometer as a volume control. Control here is labeled "DEAD BAND." Panel potentiometers are actuated by knobs.
“DEAD BAND” is a instrumentation term used to describe part of a servo feedback loop, or other type of analog signal. "Dead band" has nothing whatsoever to with any circuit controlled by a circuit breaker.

2. In figure 9 above we see the closed end of a pen cap end just before insertion into the panel.
This is the wrong end of the pen cap to fit over a circuit breaker broken handle.

Fig. 9 - This video frame shows the astronaut jamming the pen cap into the hole and moving it around.
This is not what happened according to Buzz Aldrin's testimony.Narration in the National Geographic video refers only to the engine arming circuit, not a dead band control.

Usually National Geographic strives for accuracy. In this documentary apparently accuracy was not important. Blatant conflicts with history or reality did not matter.

Am I implying we did not land on the Moon? No, we DID land on the Moon. But scenes about lunar surface activities were re-created.

I have a first person witness, a friend of impeccable character who is still alive. He was there at Cape Kennedy watching monitors when Apollo 11 was in final decent. He saw the vehicle being buzzed by flying disks, or UFOs. Press was kicked out of the building.

A emergency meeting was held to determine whether or not to scrub the lunar landing. This is also the time when control of the lander was switched to manual mode by the commander. Taking over manual control had nothing to do with the lunar lander computer heading for a "crater full of boulders."

NASA apparently switched the broadcast to the recorded Kubrick production to prevent anyone from seeing UFOs. This is what the world saw in 1969.

In 1969 my friend asked a astronaut "Who took the photos from high above the lander?" (figures 5 and 6) The astronaut shrugged his shoulders and replied, "I don't know. I didn't take them" and walked away."

Perhaps many Apollo images and film were fogged by solar radiation. Due to the historic nature of these images, some of the Apollo scenes were re-created in a studio using state-of-the-art technology of the day.

Today, recreations are indistinguishable from the real thing.

If you have seen the movie "Pi", you might be amazed to learn that the lion in the film stranded on the boat with the boy or the ocean was never together. It was all a computer creation using green screen video technology.

Only the boat and the boy were on a stage. Back in the sixties, a blue screen was used for video montage work. But this technology, known as Chromakey, was imperfect and usually used for weather and news shows. I did work in broadcasting in 1969 and saw just how imperfect Chromakey was. Some television shows like Star Trek used a improved Chromakey system, but most effects were still being done live on stage like the first Apollo moon walk.

As of the date this article was posted on, information on the existence of UFOs remains top secret,

Ted Twietmeyer



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