The test facilities at Plum Brook are separated by large distances to safely support testing of large quantities of gaseous or cryogenic [146][147] This thesis was the subject of refutation in an article published on Seeker nearly half a year later.[148]. They point to oddities in photos and films taken on the Moon. Oberg says that belief in the hoax theories is not the fault of the conspiracists, but rather that of teachers and people (including NASA) who should provide information to the public. [44] They show that NASA's portrayal of the Moon landing is fundamentally accurate, allowing for such common mistakes as mislabeled photos and imperfect personal recollections. The steady reduction of NASAs budget in the late 1960s and early 1970s coincided with the agencys decision to develop the space shuttle. Moreover, even if someone wanted to use the chamber, it is unusable in its current condition, according to the IG. Plum Brooks newest addition, the Combined Effects Chamber, which was designed to simulate the conditions found on the surface of the Moon or Mars, had never been used. In November 2006, COSMOS Online reported that about 100 data tapes recorded in Australia during the Apollo 11 mission had been found in a small marine science laboratory in the main physics building at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. [11], Vince Calder and Andrew Johnson, scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, have given detailed answers to conspiracists' claims on the laboratory's website. Last used in 1998 to test the upper stage of Boeings ill-fated Delta 3 launch vehicle, B-2s steam ejection system which has been broken for years needs $15 million worth of repairs before the chamber can properly simulate high-altitude conditions required for engine tests, according to the IG. [149] Research quickly found, however, that the video was a hoax. [30], Also, there was nothing "abrupt" about the Apollo cancellations, which were made for cost-cutting reasons. [142] The fact sheet is particularly blunt and regards the idea of faking the Moon landings to be preposterous and outlandish. Meanwhile, prospects are even worse for three of Plum Brooks other major testing facilities. The lens was originally a still photo lens and needed changes to be used for motion filming. In the 2010s NASA demolished the Rocket Systems Area as part of the agencys effort to eliminate its unused structures. NASA refers to the rocks and particles collected from the Moon as being evidence of the program's legitimacy, as they claim that these rocks could not have been formed under conditions on Earth. Whether funds continue to pour into Plum Brook Station remains to be seen. Much third-party evidence for the landings exists, and detailed rebuttals to the hoax claims have been made. A Fraud! [24], Conspiracist Bart Sibrel responded, incorrectly asserting that, "the Soviets did not have the capability to track deep space craft until late in 1972, immediately after which, the last three Apollo missions were abruptly canceled. In 2002, Alex R. Blackwell of the University of Hawaii pointed out that some photos taken by Apollo astronauts[158] while in orbit around the Moon show the landing sites. The Apollo Guidance Computer was on the Lunar Module and the command and service module. 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[174] Furthermore, lunar meteorites are so rare that it is unlikely that they could account for the 380kg (840lb) of Moon rocks that NASA gathered between 1969 and 1972. [23] Indeed their article on space exploration describes the Apollo 11 landing as "the third historic event" of the space age, following the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and Yuri Gagarin's flight in 1961. NASA Plum Brook Station In-Space Propulsion Facility Test Stand Characterization Hot Fire Test A test facility modification to enable small scale altitude propulsion testing at the NASA Glenn Research Center's In-Space Propulsion (ISP) Facility was verified with a hot fire test campaign. Any other potential visits would have to be arranged by contacting Glenn Research Center or Plum Brook directly. Some staff members found new positions at Lewis, but hundreds of others were soon out of work. The program demonstrated several technologies employed by large wind turbines today. Deep scars on the earth left by the Ice Age. In addition, safety officials considered several sites to be hazards. He earned a bachelors degree in public communications from the American University in Washington. ESA now is planning to build a test stand in Europe to accommodate such tests, the IG wrote. For technical reasons, the Apollo 11 lander carried a slow-scan television (SSTV) camera (see Apollo TV camera). Moon landing conspiracy theoriesclaim that some or all elements of the Apollo programand the associated Moon landingswere hoaxesstaged by NASA, possibly with the aid of other organizations. Four mission-worthy Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRV) were built by Boeing. The 2015 movie Moonwalkers is a fictional account of a CIA agent's claim of Kubrick's involvement. NASA agreed, and, in a letter appended to the audit report, said it would present the strategy in a report to Krista Paquin, associate administrator for mission support, in September. Those who believe the Moon landings were faked offer several theories about the motives of NASA and the United States government. [48] With the number of people involved, and noting the Watergate scandal, Jillette noted that someone would have outed the hoax by now. There are no stars in any of the photos; the Apollo 11 astronauts also stated in post-mission press conferences that they did not remember seeing any stars during extravehicular activity (EVA). The fact that his brother, Raul Kubrick, was the head of the American Communist Party may have been one of the avenues pursued by the government to get Stanley to cooperate. At least some of the telemetry tapes from the ALSEP scientific experiments left on the Moon (which ran until 1977) still exist, according to Dr. Williams. Kubrick had no such brother the article was a spoof, complete with a giveaway sentence describing Kubrick shooting the moonwalk "on location" on the Moon. This suggests that a painted background was used. The center did not bring the Rocket Systems Area sites, which had fallen into disrepair during the interim, back online. Some of the facilities, most of which date back to the 1960s, are so rundown they require millions of dollars in repairs costs that must be borne by prospective customers who show no sign of materializing, the IG wrote. Located on 6,400 acres in the Lake Erie community of Sandusky, Plum Brook is home to several world-class test facilities, which perform complex and innovative ground tests for the international space community. Its used for testing full-scale space hardware, including parts of rockets, Mars landers, and space stations. Plum Brook is situated on 6,400 acres in Sandusky and is home to some of the world's most powerful space simulation chambers that support the Artemis mission to return to the moon, making this. A street in front of NASA's D.C. headquarters has been named in honor of the Black women who were essential to early spaceflight. About fifteen minutes of it were filmed by an amateur 8 mm film camera and these are also available. Sibrel said that it may have been caused by indoor fans used to cool the astronauts since their spacesuit cooling systems would have been too heavy on Earth. [6], An early and influential book about the subject of a Moon-landing conspiracy, We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle, was self-published in 1976 by Bill Kaysing, a former US Navy officer with a Bachelor of Arts in English. NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, houses the world's largest, most powerful space environment simulation facilities, most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber, and highest capacity and most powerful spacecraft shaker system. Baron and his family were killed as their car was struck by a train at a train crossing. Plum Brook Station is the 2590 hectare (6400 acre) field station of NASA Glenn Research Center. Lewis management also actively solicited other agencies and institutions to use Plum Brook for their test programs. This would have allowed for only a small number of people to actually know the truth about faking the Moon landings.[49]. [130][131] In fact, by the time of the launch of the first crewed Earth-orbiting Apollo flight (Apollo 7), the USSR had made only nine spaceflights (seven with one cosmonaut, one with two, one with three) compared to 16 by the United States. In this image, the Earth is lit by moonlight, not sunlight. The alleged Moon landings used either a sound stage or were filmed outside in a remote desert with the astronauts either using harnesses or slow-motion photography to make it look like they were on the Moon. [189][190], A 2000 poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation[ru] () in Russia found that 28% of those surveyed did not believe that American astronauts landed on the Moon, and this percentage is roughly equal in all social-demographic groups. Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA, possibly with the aid of other organizations. [105], 4. Conspiracists have focused on perceived gaps or inconsistencies in the historical record of the missions. Its walls are 2 feet thick to withstand the blast of powerful . This would have been an intolerable embarrassment to Mr. Kubrick, especially since the release of Dr. Strangelove. We will get in touch with you shortly. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). On the makeup of the Moon rocks, Kaysing asked: "Why was there never a mention of gold, silver, diamonds or other precious metals on the moon? Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}412309N 824059W / 41.38585N 82.68293W / 41.38585; -82.68293. Orion progress at KSC, consumable offload planned for EM-1. The Lunar Modules weighed 17 tons and made no mark on the Moondust, yet footprints can be seen beside them. Furthermore, most are more than 200 million years older than the oldest Earth rocks. [153] In November 2004, they gave a lecture at the Glasgow Science Centre where the top ten claims by conspiracists were individually addressed and refuted.[154]. Plum Brook Station is testing a new generation of space exploration technologies that are essential for NASA's plans to explore the lunar surface and again land humans on the Moon. [a][15] Folklorist Linda Dgh suggests that writer-director Peter Hyams' film Capricorn One (1978), which shows a hoaxed journey to Mars in a spacecraft that looks identical to the Apollo craft, might have given a boost to the hoax theory's popularity in the post-Vietnam War era. WASHINGTON All but one of the five big test facilities at NASAs Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, have few or no customers, and the situation is unlikely to change any time soon, according to an April 23 report from NASAs inspector general (IG). Instead, far from calling the landings a hoax, the third edition (19701979) of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia (which was translated into English between 1974 and 1983 by Macmillan Publishers, and was later made available online by TheFreeDictionary.com[22]) contained many articles reporting the landings as factual, such as its article on Neil Armstrong. The foremost idea is that the whole crewed landing program was a hoax from start to end. Since 2012, Plum Brook Station has received about $31 million in annual funding from NASA, most of which comes from the agencys Construction and Environmental Compliance account the budget line reserved for building, maintaining and demolishing infrastructure. [164] The Intrepid lander descent stage, experiment package (ALSEP), Surveyor 3 spacecraft, and astronaut footpaths are all visible. Crosshairs are sometimes rotated or in the wrong place. In May 2008, JAXA reported detecting the "halo" generated by the Apollo 15 Lunar Module engine exhaust from a Terrain Camera image. Only Plum Brooks Space Power Facility, a cavernous vacuum chamber for testing full-scale space hardware, has a steady stream of customers lined up, according to the inspector general. Overall, however, Plum Brook remained quiet. Landing on the Moon was viewed as a national and technological accomplishment that would generate world-wide acclaim. [140][141] All of the deaths occurred at least 20 months before Apollo 11 and subsequent flights. This eliminated the near-term need for a nuclear rocket. Longuski argues that it would have been much easier to really land on the Moon than to generate such a huge conspiracy to fake the landings. Experimental efforts included scientific and technical investigations of nuclear energy for spaceflight propulsion, nuclear power systems, and radiation exposure. Some facilities have already been penciled in for demolition, including the Cryogenic Components Laboratory. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is accused of having produced much of the footage for Apollos 11 and 12, presumably because he had just directed 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is partly set on the Moon and featured advanced special effects. [176][177][178] If NASA had used similar robot technology, then between 300 and 2,000 robot missions would have been needed to collect the current amount of Moon rocks that is held by NASA. For example, he claims that, during the Apollo program, the USSR had five times more crewed hours in space than the United States, and notes that the USSR was the first to achieve many of the early milestones in space: the first artificial satellite in orbit (October 1957, Sputnik 1);[d] the first living creature in orbit (a dog named Laika, November 1957, Sputnik 2); the first man in space and in orbit (Yuri Gagarin, April 1961, Vostok 1); the first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova, June 1963, Vostok 6); and the first spacewalk (Alexei Leonov in March 1965, Voskhod 2). The station isnt typically open to the public, although Open House events have been run in the past, allowing visitors to tour the various facilities. [40], The American Patriot Friends Network claimed in 2009 that the landings helped the United States government distract public attention from the unpopular Vietnam War, and so crewed landings suddenly ended about the same time that the United States ended its involvement in the war. in 2005. However, still photos of the original SSTV image are available (see photos). Dan Leone is a SpaceNews staff writer, covering NASA, NOAA and a growing number of entrepreneurial space companies. Plum Brook Station is located on 6,400 acres of land near Sandusky, Ohio, about 50 miles west of the main Glenn Research Center campus. [195], There are subcultures worldwide which advocate the belief that the Moon landings were faked. Plum Brook is part of the Glenn Research Center, located some 80 kilometers east in Cleveland. The cavernous vacuum chamber continues to attract a steady stream of customers, including SpaceX, which has tested both its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft at the facility. [28] The Soviet Union tracked the Apollo missions at the Space Transmissions Corps, which was "fully equipped with the latest intelligence-gathering and surveillance equipment. Plum Brook is currently . 2022-2023 NASA Plum Brook Station Deer Hunt is Canceled The 2022-2023 NASA Plum Brook Station (now named the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility) Deer Hunt, managed jointly by NASA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, is canceled. However, NASA canceled the commission later that year, after complaints that the book would dignify the accusations. An article titled "Stanley Kubrick and the Moon Hoax" appeared on Usenet in 1995, in the newsgroup "alt.humor.best-of-usenet". Technically, this allowed the mothballed test stands to be reactivated within 3 months. The B-2 Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility had last been used in 1998, and both the Hypersonic Test Facility and the Cryogenic Components Laboratory hadnt been used in four years. [163] Photos of the Apollo 12 landing site were released by NASA on September 3, 2009. Lewis set up a job placement office at Plum Brook to assist those affected. [c] Hundreds of thousands of people including astronauts, scientists, engineers, technicians, and skilled laborers would have had to keep the secret. Rule 2 does not apply when replying to this stickied comment.. Rule 2 does apply throughout the rest of this thread.. What this means: Please keep any "meta" discussion directed at specific users, mods, or r/conspiracy in general in this comment chain only.. The most notable claim is that the six crewed landings (19691972) were faked and that twelve Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon. 10. 3. In even worse shape is Plum Brooks Combined Effects Chamber, which was designed for large-scale experiments with liquid hydrogen, but never used. The Space Power Facility (SPF) at the NASA Glenn Research Center's (GRC) Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio is already the home of the world's largest thermal vacuum chamber. These include the Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility, which is like something from the wildest dreams of Spinal Tap. In December 1972 NASA canceled all of its nuclear propulsion and power programs, resulting in the closure of Plum Brook Station [today, the Neil Armstrong Test Facility]. [117] suggests that he could have been pressured to agree to the conspiracy to protect himself from recriminations over his past. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance. Some still think so", "Solar corona photographed from Apollo 15 one minute prior to sunrise", "Goddard's Journal: Are Apollo Moon Photos Fake? The site where Michigan launched its first rocket into space lies abandoned in the dense woods along Lake Superior. Page Last Updated: September 28, 2021, 21000 Brookpark RoadCleveland, OH 44135(216) 433-4000. Despite the undeniably impressive facilities at Plum Brook, the station has its problems. By 1977 the Hare Krishna magazine Back to Godhead called the landings a hoax, claiming that, since the Sun is 150millionkm (93millionmi) away, and "according to Hindu mythology the Moon is 800,000 miles [1,300,000km] farther away than that", the Moon would be nearly 151millionkm (94millionmi) away; to travel that span in 91 hours would require a speed of more than a million miles per hour, "a patently impossible feat even by the scientists' calculations. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. In addition, NASA has set aside $1 million to seed development of a wind-turbine farm at Plum Brook, which could produce up to 20 megawatts of electricity, Whitlow said. It is argued that, because the USSR was unable to do this, the United States should have also been unable to develop the technology to do so. 11. The astronauts had relied on computers to aid in the Moon missions. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. David Scott drops a hammer and feather on the Moon, 1. Of special concern to the IG is Plum Brooks B-2 Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility, a cavernous vacuum chamber built in 1964 and used to test-fire rocket engines in space-like conditions. By May 1974 the staff had mothballed all of the Rocket Systems Area sites. NASA Glenn's Space Power Facility in Sandusky, Ohio, contains the world's largest space simulation chamber. Not to be confused with, Claimed motives of the United States and NASA, In 1968, Clarke and Kubrick had collaborated on the film. Says This Prophet", "Moon Hoax Moonmovie.com Frequently Asked Questions", "Russia's space command and control infrastructure", Apollo 18 through 20 The Canceled Missions, "Could moon landings have been faked? It was also used to shoot some scenes from the 2012 Marvel movie The Avengers. There are, however, a few nonrocket B-2 bookings lined up for 2015. This suggests that it was filmed on Earth and a breeze caused the flag to flutter. 4. Plum Brook Station, however, continues to support NASA and industry with its four large test facilities today. But if the SLS program wants to use B-2 to test that upper stage, it would be expected to cover the estimated $15 million in basic refurbishment costs as well as SLS Program-specific test costs, which could likely be significant, the IG wrote. NASA Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station 3899 E. 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