I recently read David Harland's pretty solid book, "First Men on the Moon". I was utterly surprised when I read Harland quoting Neil Armstrong as having said when the astronauts were only 10,000 miles from the moon and photographing the sun's corona,
"It's been a real change for us. Now we are able to see stars again and recognize constellations for the first time on the trip. The sky is full of stars. It's just like the night-side of earth".
They have been flying for 3 or 4 days through cislunar space, 200,000 miles of not twiddling their thumbs perhaps, but dang close to it, nothing but time on their hands to some not insignificant degree. Why wouldn't the astronauts can the lights and check the stars out, photograph them even? En route to the moon there are lots of opportunities for this type of thing and when I read some detailed accounts of their experiences, I can see very plainly there is a guy back in Houston coaching them on the photography; f stop, shutter speed, lens dimension advice and so forth. I am surprised they were not star gazing a little, if not carefully taking full fledged professional quality photos with the help of their photo adviser. The camera they brought was an excellent one, a modified Hasselblad. I am an amateur photographer myself by the way. I would have brought a Leica, but the Hasselblad was a strong choice I must say. It is odd.
By the way, I am not a moon hoaxer type. I am actually a main stream thinker, a believer in the great beauty of the NASA Apollo achievement. I am a major space program enthusiast. However, I do notice that some people, the ones often times with the very best basic science backgrounds, change/modify their answers to such questions when they sense their best/first/intuitive answer has moon hoax implications. That does bother me a great deal I must say to be frank. People in my own camp sort of running scared from the hoaxer perspective. Answer the questions honestly for Pete sake!!!! This is science!!!! Not mind game jive!!!! One follows the truth wherever it leads and of course it won't lead to a hoax. Not answering the questions honestly implies strongly, albeit indirectly, their is great merit and strength to the hoaxer's general position, general perspective. The point is that these are legitimate questions and in that one regard, the hoaxers are indeed absolutely correct. We should all be speaking candidly here. Scientists just encourage moon hoaxers by avoiding answering these very interesting questions honestly. It comes across as not only disingenuous, but dumb too. Anyway. please give me an honest answer to this as I am not a physical scientist and am super curious about this kind of stuff. Thanks in advance!!! DoctorTea.