Those close to me know that one way to get me instantly riled is to start in on the whole “actor-nauts” thing, and act like they believe the Apollo moon landings were faked. (My dad especially likes to get my goat in this way.) Naturally this results in almost uncontrollable spluttering on my part. I may also be reminded that I myself said, after visiting the Lunar Sample Laboratory, that the rocks there were very much like rocks here, and that one could chuck one several places on Earth where it wouldn’t be noticed as different from Earth rocks surrounding it.
Yes, Moon rocks are grey and black and not terribly interesting to look at.* They look pretty much the way the Moon looks from here. People, what were you expecting? Green? Sparkling? Singing, perhaps? I digress.
ANYWAY, seeing as it is April Fool’s Day, and seeing how I somehow connect these two things in my semi-foggy-from-sickness brain, I offer a most excellent resource debunking the Apollo hoax arguments. Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy is most thorough in his explanations, and will satisfy your curiosity, as well as entertain you. Enjoy!
* I do not actually think this; from a geological standpoint they’re terribly interesting. But hand the average person a rock from the lunar surface in one hand, and a terrestrial analog rock in the other, and they’re not going to be able to tell the difference. There is no magical aura that screams “Moon rock” going on. That’s all I meant. Meh. Go back