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Graphics demo disproves Apollo hoax claim

By T.K. Randall
September 20, 2014 · Comment icon 525 comments

Aldrin descending the ladder in the original image. Image Credit: NASA
Graphics giant Nvidia has used its latest GPU to debunk several common Apollo hoax arguments.
Well known for its range of high performance computer graphics cards, Nvidia has demonstrated its latest dynamic lighting technology by recreating the site of the famous Apollo 11 moon landing in an effort to prove that the event really happened.

In particular the company has focused on producing an accurate recreation of a well known photograph taken by Neil Armstrong showing Buzz Aldrin descending the steps of the lander while the area around him is engulfed in shadow.
Conspiracy theorists have long argued that this particular image is evidence that the landings were hoaxed because Aldrin, despite being within the shadowed area, is somehow brightly lit, indicating that there must have been some other light source situated nearby.

"We talked to a lot of experts in the field to re-create what happened on the moon that day," said GeForce general manager Scott Herkelman. "We re-created perfectly what they made and how the reflection would look off the suits, duct tape [and] aluminum foil."

By recreating the scene the team was able to demonstrate that Aldrin was actually being lit by sunlight that was bouncing off the surrounding lunar surface. "The sun is hitting the dust, and it's illuminating the backside of the Apollo module and astronaut," said Herkelman.

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Comment icon #516 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 9 years ago
The Moon landing in 1969 was a hoax. Any company/person who claims to have evidence or who have done "scientific studies" to debunk the hoaxes have been corrupted and have been forced to say they were real by the American Government. Maybe even by some secret government organisation. It is my opinion that whenever we see a video of a ufo, alien, ghost, loch ness monster, chupacabra or anything that is claimed not to be real or exist, some company or organisation release a story saying they are behind the hoax or they have proven the video or photo to be a fake. CORRUPT!!!!! It's the world we l... [More]
Comment icon #517 Posted by Likely Guy 9 years ago
... or you're crazier than a dog in a hubcap factory. Damn, I love that phrase. Never experienced it before now, though I can imagine it.
Comment icon #518 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
10 bucks that He never post again,If He does,Im buying ten dollars of Good Tequila and making a Cheer`s to " MID " So Come on "Lyko"
Comment icon #519 Posted by rambaldi 9 years ago
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Comment icon #520 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 9 years ago
Even though its only the second day of the year, I think we have a serious candidate to the coveted POTY2015 Award. (Post Of The Year 2015)
Comment icon #521 Posted by Jacques Terreur 9 years ago
Even though its only the second day of the year, I think we have a serious candidate to the coveted POTY2015 Award. (Post Of The Year 2015) awards?? ....we should all hold our horses until the first "doomsday" prophecies are being posted..... not many remakes have a chance for an oscar!
Comment icon #522 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
Another one bites the Dust !
Comment icon #523 Posted by Jacques Terreur 9 years ago
Another one bites the Dust ! dunn-dun-dun dundundundundun-dun......
Comment icon #524 Posted by alibongo 8 years ago
What is really wonderful, is that in 1969,computing was still, not in it's infancy, but not common or cheap. Today, most people with smart phones on this planet have more computing power in their pocket than NASA could muster on the earth and the moon. The moon landings were carried out by very skilled and very brave men. To deny the moon landings is not  just  to deny science, it is to deny a huge advance for mankind.
Comment icon #525 Posted by Vlawde 8 years ago

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