I\'m sure there was a reason in the design to put wheel fenders on the rover in the video - I\'m not aware of mud puddles on the moon.dsiple
Mud, no. Dust yes. And dust does not go well with equipment of any kind. Hence these covers could be called dustguards, not fenders.
@disple: maybe to avoid lunar dust all over the astronauts and equipment?Alceu Baptistao
So does this dispel the conspiracy theory that moon landings were faked in a warehouse?RAMLOT
@Ramlot No, since these photos are faked also. ;) Plus, the warehouse was in area 51.WildZBill
I wonder if things \"rust\" on the moon... however slowly.Mr Stiffy
wow!! finally, clear images of the landing!!!.notluispo
No rust, as it requires oxygen. But materials deteriorate there due to radiation, metals very slowly, but synthetics like the plastics used f.i. in the spacesuits, will deteriorate exactly like a plastic bag left outside in the sun here on Earth. On the first landing, I think it was, the four boots for the suits were left behind to reduce takeoff weight, and speculations are, that the plastics will now be very brittle and would crumble to the touch.
Oh, and by the way, we had 11 astronauts walking on the Moon, and they all have a t-shirt to prove it. :-)Henrik Fleischer
The \"fenders\" did indeed help control the dust. On the moon the dust is regolith which is very abrasive. The power pack on the rover was protected from the sun\'s heat by a mirrored cover that had to be kept dust free. It also helped to keep this dust off of the astronaut\'s face plate. On the moon you can\'t just \"blow off the dust\" when there is no air and wiping it off would scratch the plastic face plate.
No... things don\'t rust without oxygen. Not even slowly. They do break down over time thanks to thermal stress and intense radiation from the sun.dwreid
Where\'s the USA (our) Flag?cscoot03
@ Wildzbill, just curious: what would you accept as positive evidence? Hubble photographs, perhaps? I ask this from a standpoint of studying the mind of a conspiracist. I\'m not saying your wrong, just find it interesting when humans have an unshakable belief despite rational evidence to the contrary. In your defence, it is common knowledge any image can be photoshopped. Being 52 years of age, I followed along with every lift off and splashdown, my nextdoor neighbor was working with JPL at the time and got me all sorts of official photos, etc. This would have been quite an undertaking. The scope of the TV coverage as well as worldwide media coverage lends the conspiracy as absurd in the extreme. There was no photo shop in 1969. Computers back then were primitive and were utilized by guys in procket protector laden lab coats. This whole thing reminds me of Buzz Aldrin knocking some douchebag to the ground for calling him a liar by stating he really was on the moon. Buzz, if you\'re reding this.. Well done sir! Not to bad for a man your age! You\'ve still got the \"Right Stuff\"..Burnerjack
During the Apollo 17 mission, Gene Cernan accidentally hit the right rear fender of the rover with a rock hammer, breaking off a big piece. The woven piano wire wheel picked up lots of dust and flung it up and forward.
The fender was repaired by using duct tape to hold a folded moon map in place of the broken off part.Gregg Eshelman
I am pleased to finally actually see that these foot prints prove the billions of dollars spend was worth it! Note: Even plastic requires O2 in order to break down. Now who is going to put the moon back like they found it and clean up all the space junk floating around the earth?donwine
Absolute proof that Americans walked on the moon. Sorry, Sibrel. There goes your money.Sara Howard
I remember seeing TV's set up everywhere you went, people were watching the live feeds.All of America and the world were captivated.We need to go back and finish the job.Thomas Lewis
"No manned spacecraft now exists that can withstand the radiation from the Van Allen belts, through which a craft must traverse to make it to the Moon." -SpaceCast News Service, March 9, 1998tampa florida
They forgot to paint in the tire tracks leading to the final parking spot for the LRV.
The claim that the Van Allen radiation belts were deadly is false, specious, a gross exaggeration, and simply not supported by the scientific data. Radiation was indeed a definite concern for NASA before the first space flights, and there were scientists who did say that it looked to be an insurmountable problem, but the agency and other scientific institutions invested a great deal of time conducting research into it and determined the hazard was minimal.