I just googled up this forum.
I posted these questions on another forum, about the moon landings, particularly the hot rod moon jalopy. Here are a couple of my messages transmogrified over here:
"I'm still not sure about those alleged moon landings. Especially the whole goofy business about the moon jalopy. They don't even like to talk about that. First they tell us that weight was so critical that they had to pare down toothbrushes (toothbrushi?), and then, next thing you know, same rocket propulsion system, and they're strapping on a freakin' moon buggy! And what do they do with it when they allegedly get it to the moon? They go hotrodding around in circles!
Ong the Skeptical (Hey, like when has the governemnt ever told the truth about ANYTHING!?)"
"Well, ___, one thing they never explained was how the astronauts were protected from the solar radiation, particularly the unusually powerful solar flares that were occurring at the time.
There was a lot they never explained - how they developed the moon lander - they told the Collier brothers, who made the film, "Was It Only A Paper Moon" - as well as a film that was way ahead of its time, Votescam, about the fixing of the US elections - that they threw away all the plans (!); a NASA book says that they "accidentally" built the spacee module with the doors opening inwards instead of outwards (!!!) so that the astronauts could not possible have gotten thru them suited up...there were a whole lot of this sort of thing...but the thing that sticks in my craw the worst is the moon buggy, the Lunar Rover, bit. And also the fact that, with all the modern computers and technology, they can't go back any more.
Ong the Merciless
-----Which brings up another question that irks me...the LEM: How WAS it developed? The only time it was ever tested on Earth it crashed. Then it performed absolutely flawlessly in the Apollo missions. How was it plannned and developed and tested? Things do not work like that in the real world. Think of the years and effort and danger that was invested into the development of a functioning helicopter (developed by the Germans, by the way), for example. A helicopter would be childs play compared to a vehicle designed to function in a totally alien and unknown element.
------AND THEN THERE IS THE MOON BUGGY...
Astronaut1: "Come on, let's see what that baby can do! Open her up!"
Astr2, the driver: " No, I don't think so. OK, here goes!"
He then proceeds to drive the moon hot rod in fast circles kicking up dust (dust patterns seem to behave as tho they are hitting air resistance) and doing "wheelies".
Now, this would have been the OFF DUTY behavior patterns of these daredevil astronauts, cutting up like this.
But when they were on duty they were all business. And they were never on duty more than their time on the moon. Every second was invaluable. They were also in mortal danger. The slightest pinprick - from say a rock kicked up by a tire - to their spacesuits could have meant death. There was no hope of rescue. The terrain they were hotrodding over was totally unknown. For all they knew the ground could have been hollow underneath a thin surface. Also, they were using up the buggy's batteries.
No, the whole moon car episode - and it's so "50's", bringng a car to the moon! - makes no sense to me. It sticks in my craw.
OK, there they are. So waddya say?
--Ong, Planet Mongo