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Sunday, 29 December 2019

Moon rock enigma!

As regular readers may recall, as a result of spending time with the majority of the twelve Apollo Moonwalkers, I gradually came to the conclusion that some, at least, were part of an extraordinary disinformation program. (I've written two books and made numerous broadcasts and public lectures on this subject)

One of the most common objections to the idea that the Moon landings may not have taken place as reported, centres around the 382kg of rocks that the Astronauts reportedly brought back to Earth. Curiously, much of this has never been released for analysis, being locked away in the Lunar Sample Lab. at the Johnson Space Centre. A recent audit revealed that 516 of the samples have unaccountably been 'lost'! Even stranger is the fact that three that were released for study elsewhere have been discovered to be of terrestrial origin! The most recent of these has been one of the samples collected by Shepard and Mitchell during their alleged lunar  EVAs on the Apollo 14 mission. Examination of one of these rocks (see photos below) at the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Curtin University, Western Australia have revealed that it is a piece of terrestrial granite, containing quartz and zircon that can only have formed on Earth.

The 'Apollo apologists' are struggling to explain this by suggesting it is a piece of earth-rock that arrived on the Moon as a meteorite (projected into space by a vast cometary or asteroidal impact on Earth) This seems feasible at first: after all, I have plenty of pieces of the Moon in my inventory that arrived here in the same way!

But hang on! What are the chances that at least one of the 382kg of fragments should be an extraordinarily rare 'Earth Meteorite'? No other meteorites of any sort are represented in the Apollo samples. Another point: the mass of lunar meteorites found on the Earth (the majority during the past 30 years) is nearly double that of the Apollo rocks: shouldn't terrestrial meteorites be far more abundant on the Moon than is the case?

Apollo 14 'terrestrial meteorite'

Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard at the LRL

A nice chunk of lunar meteorite

Dr Edgar Mitchell and I enjoying a chat...

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