Moon Pans

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Aug. 15 2005 9:54 PM

Moon Pans

Back in 1999, when I first started writing my book (ah, how smooth a shill I am), I decided to take on what was then a pretty quiet conspiracy theory that the Apollo Moon landings were faked. Coincidentally, it wasn't long after that when the Fox TV show came out, and the rest is history (oh, how I wish that were true).

An unexpected benefit of my research was that I became a PAN-- a Pro Apollo Nut. I find the missions fascinating. There is a rich, deep history there, filled with danger, excitement, adventure, and oh, what was it was just thinking... oh yeah-- guys walking on the Moon.

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NASA wants to go back. I want us to go back. I want, somehow, some way, to get the public excited about a return to the Moon. I think that people will get excited, when they see what's in store.

So in my own subtle way, I will be dropping the occasional pro-Moon stuff in this blog. This entry is the first of those. So much for subtlety.

Anyway, one way to get excited is to see what it was like to be there. Looking at images can be great fun, but let's face it, somewhat limiting. So Danish photographer Hans Nyberg did a very cool thing: he stitched together several Apollo images to create a panoramic view of the Moon. And using the cool tech of VR, you can see what it's like to be there, on the Moon.

This is very cool, and Herr Nyberg did a fantastic job. Go ahead! Take a look around-- literally. And remember, someone you know might wind up seeing this view for real in the not-too-distant future.