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Lunar Anomaly
Lunar and Planetary Institute ^ | 2011 | NASA

Posted on 10/09/2011 11:49:19 PM PDT by Windflier

Apollo Image Atlas
AS15-P-9625



Image Collection: Panoramic
Mission: 15
Magazine: P
Revolution: 38
Latitude / Longitude: 19° S / 117.5° E
Lens Focal Length: 24 inch
Camera Look: Forward
Camera Altitude: 117 km
Sun Elevation: 27°
Stereo Pair: AS15-P-9630
Film Type: 3414
Film Width: 5 inch
Image Width: 45.24 inch
Image Height: 4.5 inch
Film Color: black & white
Index Map: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapcatalog/apolloindex/apollo15/as15indexmap01/
Feature(s): DELPORTE, SOUTHWEST OF IZSAK, NORTH OF


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: apollo; moon
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Scroll to approximately the middle of the panoramic image. You'll see what appears to be a double impact crater just left of center. Look to the right of that, and you'll see a small crater, with what appears to be a cigar sitting inside of it.

This image has been puzzling people ever since it was first brought to light around 2007, when a YouTube poster called 'retiredfb' put up a video purporting to be from the Apollo 15 mission, which showed this object in a flyby film of the far side of the moon.

I've been intrigued with it myself since that time, but only recently ran across the original, official photograph which proves that NASA actually did capture something mysterious on film.

What say you? What is that thing? (hit control+ to enlarge image)

1 posted on 10/09/2011 11:49:22 PM PDT by Windflier
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To: Windflier

Looks like a cigar shaped space ship.


2 posted on 10/09/2011 11:56:16 PM PDT by spokeshave (Obama's ratings are so low...Kenyans accuse him of being born in the USA,)
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To: spokeshave
Looks like a cigar shaped space ship.

True dat. It's what most people conclude when looking at it.

I read an estimate of the object's size somewhere. If I recall correctly, just portion you can see is something like 900 feet long.

3 posted on 10/09/2011 11:59:04 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: KevinDavis

space ping


4 posted on 10/10/2011 12:01:32 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Windflier

Considering the shadows and image quality I’d say it’s a natural surface feature.


5 posted on 10/10/2011 12:01:49 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
Considering the shadows and image quality I’d say it’s a natural surface feature.

Well alright, but have you enlarged it? Take a look at the conical 'nose' sticking out on the right hand side. You can clearly see that it's elevated above the surrounding surface.

Looks suspiciously like the nose of an aircraft.

6 posted on 10/10/2011 12:04:38 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Well alright, but have you enlarged it?

Yes.

Looks suspiciously like the nose of an aircraft.

Still looks natural to me. What kind of aircraft?

7 posted on 10/10/2011 12:08:23 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: All
Sheet 1. Panoramic Camera Photographs, Composite of all REVs.
Camera: 24" (609.6mm) focal length, optical bar panoramic
Film 5 inch (45.24 inch x 4.5 inch image) EK3414

Click here to download a 150dpi JPEG image (5.8MB )

Click here to download a 300dpi JPEG image ( 16MB )

8 posted on 10/10/2011 12:11:03 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Moonman62
Still looks natural to me. What kind of aircraft?

LOL. What kind of natural?

9 posted on 10/10/2011 12:13:57 AM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Moonman62
What kind of aircraft?

I don't know. I said "like the nose of an aircraft". It's an approximate description.

My point is, it doesn't look like a natural feature to me. It looks too smooth and conical...more like something that was manufactured.

10 posted on 10/10/2011 12:15:04 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
No!


11 posted on 10/10/2011 12:16:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("If Herman Cain does become President, his Vice President will be known as Co-Cain." -- Laz, 2011)
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To: Lazamataz

“No!” what? You gonna spank my nose with that paper? LOL


12 posted on 10/10/2011 12:18:39 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Well alright, but have you enlarged it? Take a look at the conical 'nose' sticking out on the right hand side. You can clearly see that it's elevated above the surrounding surface.

The "cigar" is a ridge line, and the elevated "nose" is an illusion caused by the suggestion of the cigar shape. It appears that you can see under it, to what appears to be a sunlight floor, but this is a portion of the ridge extending toward the POV, and it is illuminated because it rises above the shadow of the ridge.

It ceratinly is an interesting formation, nevertheless.

13 posted on 10/10/2011 12:20:25 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Windflier
It looks too smooth and conical...

Considering the shadows and image quality nothing should appear smooth or conical, even if it is artificial.

14 posted on 10/10/2011 12:21:46 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
Considering the shadows and image quality nothing should appear smooth or conical, even if it is artificial.

That statement is illogical. If the object is extremely large (and it would be, given the altitude from the surface) it would appear smooth and conical, if indeed that's what it is. The resolution is perfectly good enough to capture that.

15 posted on 10/10/2011 12:30:38 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

It’s a trick of lighting. Dr_lew gives a good explanation in his post.


16 posted on 10/10/2011 12:33:19 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dr_lew
The "cigar" is a ridge line, and the elevated "nose" is an illusion caused by the suggestion of the cigar shape. It appears that you can see under it, to what appears to be a sunlight floor, but this is a portion of the ridge extending toward the POV, and it is illuminated because it rises above the shadow of the ridge.

Sorry - your description simply doesn't match the shadows or the edge lines, which would have to change their behaviors for the object, apart from the surrounding terrain. Occam's razor has to be defeated before a clearly cylindrical object with a narrowed and elevated nose with an underlying shadow can be dismissed.

17 posted on 10/10/2011 12:34:56 AM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Lazamataz
"If Herman Cain does become President, his Vice President will be known as Co-Cain."

That'll be a helluva Vice-President.

18 posted on 10/10/2011 12:38:40 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Moonman62
Looks suspiciously like the nose of an aircraft.

Aircraft? Or submarine?

19 posted on 10/10/2011 12:38:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Windflier
Saw that picture some time ago, interesting, but I think with better pictures it would go *poof* like the face and the pyramids on Mars.

Just MHO.

20 posted on 10/10/2011 12:44:47 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: dr_lew
The "cigar" is a ridge line, and the elevated "nose" is an illusion caused by the suggestion of the cigar shape.

Ok, I just spent several minutes studying the image again, with your explanation in mind, but I found that I have to reject the bulk of what my eyes are perceiving to see a ridge there.

For one, there is a shadow under the 'nose', which matches an elevated object, perfectly.

Two, the shading on the 'nose' indicates a feature with a smooth conical shape.

I'm sorry, but I'm still seeing a cylindrical object sitting inside a crater-like depression.

21 posted on 10/10/2011 12:50:21 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: The Cajun

Our government has shown that it has great ability to make things go *poof*.

This image has been sitting in the NASA archives since 1971. It’s been widely discussed on the internet since 2007, and so far, no one has been able to positively say what it is, or make the case that it’s something other than what it appears to be.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Russians also have good photos of this anomaly.


22 posted on 10/10/2011 12:56:13 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
There's only one way to really figure it out... We need the best men on the job:

Bell and Hoagland - they'll solve the mystery for us!

23 posted on 10/10/2011 12:58:53 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Windflier
Our government has shown that it has great ability to make things go *poof*.

True that.

24 posted on 10/10/2011 12:59:25 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Windflier

25 posted on 10/10/2011 1:51:06 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Moonman62

“...nothing should appear smooth or conical, even if it is artificial.”

A smooth and conical geological or natural structure is the result of erosion. Erosion is caused by either wind or water. While there may be ice crystals at the Moon’s south pole, there isn’t any wind or flowing water anywhere on the moon (because the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere). So, the question is, how did this structure become smooth and conical?


26 posted on 10/10/2011 2:04:26 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Windflier
It definitely looks like a distinct smooth object to me. Are there not other things that have been photographed on the moon that might in anyway seem similar? It does seem to pretty much match the tones of the surrounding area. Maybe it has some sort of masking. Looking at it carefully it seems to have a different color tone for it's "nose" like a designed flying object could and an indentation almost like an area that might have windows or something. Has anyone tried to enhance it in any way to possibly show more detail?

Speaking of weird things have you seen this footage supposedly from Wikileaks on youtube and what do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B2t68yoYy8&feature=related

27 posted on 10/10/2011 2:17:39 AM PDT by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Windflier

Looks just like an anomaly to me (I can’t say it but I can spell it!)


28 posted on 10/10/2011 2:21:33 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: All

[IMG]http://i607.photobucket.com/albums/tt156/dlc123/Goldar.jpg[/IMG] I knew they would never really leave us!


29 posted on 10/10/2011 2:31:12 AM PDT by NCDave
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To: Ernie Kaputnik
There is erosion on the Moon -- it's caused by the rain of micrometeorites on the surface, lightly sandlblasting the rocks and jagged edges smooth. Of course, it takes millions of years to do this, but eventually, all rough surfaces are smoothed over and rocks are ground into dust.

Anyway, this "thing" is entirely natural - it's either a clump of ejecta from some nearby crater or the surface expression of the compressive ridge, which are widespread in the highlands of the Moon. Here's how it looks in Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images:

The Sun is coming from the opposite direction and the image is oriented 90 degrees ccw from the Apollo pan frame above.

You can personally explore anywhere on the Moon with the LROC Quickview image browser.

30 posted on 10/10/2011 2:31:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Are you sure we are looking at the same thing? Which thing is suppose to be it, the thing near the center bottom of the picture or the several lumps in a row center left?


31 posted on 10/10/2011 2:41:37 AM PDT by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Bellflower

32 posted on 10/10/2011 2:52:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Thank you.


33 posted on 10/10/2011 3:03:35 AM PDT by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Cincinatus

Do you know how to put the pictures of the areas in question side by side so we can compare them?


34 posted on 10/10/2011 3:05:09 AM PDT by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Lazamataz; Windflier; null and void; Lakeshark; Borax Queen; derllak; sweetliberty; catpuppy; ...

I swear it is NOT my fault.

And ping to neat lunar image.


35 posted on 10/10/2011 3:06:40 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Windflier

My buddy Occam gots a razor sez it’s natural. Piece of debris from a meteor impact, for instance.


36 posted on 10/10/2011 3:21:31 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Windflier

And immediately to the right of the cigar is a half buried alien skull with bullet hole between the eyes.. Hopping place that moon, eh?


37 posted on 10/10/2011 3:31:27 AM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: Bellflower; Windflier
OK, now I see where this nutty idea came from:

Apollo 20 Alien Spaceship Controversy

There is no ship -- this feature is probably part of a highland ridge system.

38 posted on 10/10/2011 3:39:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Windflier
I think it's God's pen. He dropped it when he was writing some names in His book.
39 posted on 10/10/2011 3:46:23 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Windflier
Look to the right of that, and you'll see a small crater, with what appears to be a cigar sitting inside of it.

That would be the Clinton/Lewinsky Crater.

40 posted on 10/10/2011 4:04:33 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Windflier
I'm not exactly sure what feature you're referring to, but if you look closely at the left side of the image (the one you posted at the top), you'll notice a bunch of (very faint) parallel radiating lines. These are almost certainly splatter lines from a large impact crater. There are lots of such splatter marks on the lunar surface. The cigar shaped "object" you mention (the specific one I can't find) is possibly a short segment of one of these lines. The straight feature could also be an ancient lava trail or a geologic fault (faults are almost always perfectly straight). Below are some images I found that show radiating splatter lines from two large ancient impacts. Perhaps you can match the images below with the one you posted and locate the general region of the "cigar shaped" feature.

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41 posted on 10/10/2011 4:19:35 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Windflier

Oops! Sorry, I forgot to follow your instructions and scroll over. No wonder I couldn’t find the ‘cigar shaped’ thing!


42 posted on 10/10/2011 4:30:40 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Windflier


It could be an alien ship that crash landed.

Or, the alien might be on an extended vacation, using the moon as his RV campground.

Most likely, it's a Klingon weapon with a timer and detonator on it.

43 posted on 10/10/2011 4:33:12 AM PDT by greedo
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To: greedo
On an episode of South Park the kids rocketed up a killer whale to the moon via a Mexican rocket. That's what it is.
44 posted on 10/10/2011 4:36:47 AM PDT by Shqipo (I am AttackWatch parolee #1,237. I am breaking my parole once more.)
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To: Windflier

Our global warming is melting the green cheese!


45 posted on 10/10/2011 4:39:57 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Shqipo

OK, I was being serious, yours is somewhat ridiculous.


46 posted on 10/10/2011 4:49:36 AM PDT by greedo
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To: Cincinatus

OK, I see it now....It’s definitely a cigar and a Cuban one at that.


47 posted on 10/10/2011 4:50:38 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Windflier

...or, it could be as innocent as a piece of meteor that survived impact and simply landed that way off the bounce.


48 posted on 10/10/2011 4:52:21 AM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Windflier
This must be what you are referring to.

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Could it be Noah's Ark? :)

Seriously, this is interesting. I'll see if I can find some discussion as to what the pros think it might be.

49 posted on 10/10/2011 4:52:49 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Windflier
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50 posted on 10/10/2011 5:15:28 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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