Back in December of 2015, the Daily Express published an article wondering if this recent discovery on the Moon could be the final proof needed to convince Apollo deniers we actually landed there back in the late '60's and early '70's. (That's 1960's and 1970's, in case anyone is reading this in the 22nd century.) The article explains how "NASA has released a photograph confirming the exact location of the crash site of part of the Apollo 16 spacecraft that landed on the Moon."
You see, back in 1972, the third booster, S-IVB (pronounced "ess four bee"), of the Saturn V rocket was intentionally crashed into the surface of the Moon after it had propelled the crew into lunar orbit. This was supposedly common practice for the Apollo flights, but on this particular mission, they kinda lost track of it, and NASA wasn't really sure where it finally ended up. Well, you can start breathing again, because NASA has found our missing booster.
Final proof man walked on Moon? NASA finds Apollo crash site on lunar surface
The US space agency has released the exact coordinates of the site which is on an area called Mare Insularum, about 160 miles southwest of the Copernicus Crater.
Pack it up, folks. It's time to go home. No bother arguing this anymore.
Okay, wait a minute. I have a question, maybe two. The article claims NASA has "released the exact coordinates" of the crash, which they didn't even care to publish--you know who's really gonna look this stuff up anyway? Even though they kinda gave us a roundabout location--south of here, so many miles from there--for an article that's meant to silence the conspiracy theorists, wouldn't it make sense if their evidence was bullet-proof?
I guess they thought the photographic evidence offered was proof enough.
Just in case you weren't sure what part of the picture you were supposed to look at, they drew this helpful little circle around it.
If your uncertain what problems I have with this image, please refer to my previous article about NASA's photo evidence of the lunar landing sites.
Of course the Daily Express covers their bases by pointing out that die hard deniers will never be convinced by this indisputable evidence.
An Express.co.uk poll has found 68% of readers believe the landings happened, 18% are convinced the pictures were faked, and 14% believe we will never know either way.
Did you get that? Let me repeat it one more time just in case. The "discovery is unlikely to silence die hard conspiracists". Is it clear now? No? Maybe one more time. The "discovery is unlikely...", no, I'm just kidding.
So maybe this poorly edited article didn't give us die hard deniers the exact coordinates, but you can find them on the official LROC website. Not only do they give us the exact location, but they back it up with more of that LROC imaging goodness.
Found! Apollo 16 S-IVB Impact Crater
A decades old mystery is now solved! After many attempts searching through Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images, the Apollo 16 S-IVB rocket booster impact site has been identified. The site is on Mare Insularum about 260 km southwest of Copernicus Crater.
So all you have to do, I'm sure, is plug those coordinates into Google Moon, and see the crash site.
Why didn't that work?
Well anyway, I won't belabor the point. I'm not a scientist, and I don't pretend to be one, but apparently the people sharing this information are. Do they really think this evidence is sufficient?
NASA set to crash on the moon -- twice
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite is scheduled to drop its Centaur upper-stage rocket on the lunar surface at 7:31 a.m. ET.
RIP LADEE: NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface
NASA's newest moon probe met its end during a vaporizing crash into the lunar surface last night.
So here we have two probes that were intentionally crashed into lunar surface, one in 2009 and the other in 2014, and even though NASA assumed the probes would probably crash behind some craters or on the far side of the moon, I'm sure they still would have left a debris-filled scar on the Moon's surface. But I know what you're thinking, "those didn't crash in the same spot NASA said they found the Apollo 16 booster." Well, who's to say this image isn't one of those crashes? Who actually saw these crashes, and exactly where they crashed? NASA?
NASA "Moon Bombing" a Hit, But LCROSS Impact Invisible?
"We Saw the Impact," NASA Says
LCROSS Enthusiast: "Nothing Was Seen"
For many amateur astronomers who got up early to watch the crashes through telescopes or on NASA TV, the crashes were a bit anticlimactic.
Here we have more of NASA saying, "It happened. You can believe us, because we said so."
The LCROSS crash was an unprecedented event! High schools and Astronomy clubs from across the country had their eyes trained on the Lunar surface, and what happened, nobody saw it, except for NASA. We know, because they said so.
So, take another look at this crash site.
Oh yeah, it's obvious.
Just your average, self-abused futile worker.