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Moon in the Mirror

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJan 27, 2010 12:30 PM

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You may know me as a buster of the Moon landing hoax claims, debunking the dumbosity of people who think the Apollo missions were faked. But I have been leaked a picture that makes it clear that the truth behind Apollo was far, far bigger than anyone has ever suspected. In fact, it's a real Thriller. Reader Dan Brennan from the Unmanned Space Flight bulletin board sent this picture to me:

It's a shot from Apollo 11 of Buzz Aldrin in the command module, a screen capture from the amazing (but Flash-heavy) site We Choose the Moon. Before I even read the content of Dan's email I knew what he wanted to show me. Can you see it? Look just to the right of Buzz, at what should be a gauge on the control panel... but actually shows what looks for all the world (well, all the cis-lunar space) like Michael Jackson! In fact, I think it is Michael Jackson.

The evidence is overwhelming. Sure, he looks like he's wearing an eyepatch, but given his wardrobe choices over the years, is an eyepatch all that unlikely? And look at this picture for comparison -- my Photoshop skillz are unmatched (happily for millions of satisfied Adobe customers). The resemblance is too strong to be coincidence. So what's the deal? You might think that Buzz was a fan, so he had a picture of Jackson taped to the console -- though Michael was only about 11 when our first mission to the Moon launched, so that's silly. The gauge in the panel is visible in other images, and you can tell there's a glass cover on it. That means the face is not taped on, but is in fact a reflection! The conclusion is clear. What's going on here, obviously, is that a time-traveling Michael Jackson stowed away aboard the Apollo 11 capsule to experience the mission for himself. I mean, c'mon. How do you think he learned how to moonwalk? Shamone!

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