NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the Apollo 11 lem (descent stage).
Someone has told me that what Nasa shows as being the lem can only be the lem because of the shadow it creates.
But, on this photo, I have also circled something which also creates a shadow which looks like the shadow of the "lem".
There can't be two lems, so what is it the shadow of?
The photo on the left of this stereoscopic view is extracted from a video of Apollo 15 after the ascending stage of the lem has left the moon; the photo on the right is a close-up of the supposed remaining part of the lem on a LRO picture (the white we see comes from an arrow pointing at the lem); the shadow we see on the LRO picture doesn't correspond at all with the shape of the lander; moreover, the shadow of the lander should be not be so much longer than wide, except if the sun is extremely low, razing the ground; but in that case the holes we see on the LRO picture would not be partially lit, they would appear completely blackened.
Near the lem, on a photo of Apollo 11 (AS11-37-5469), we can see a set of holes I have circled.
Where are these holes on the satellite photo, I can't see them?
Near the lem, we can see a hole on an Apollo photo (AS11-40-5861); but we don't see this hole on the satellite photo.
In fact we can see a hole near the lem on the satellite photo, but it nothing looks like the hole on the Apollo photo, and nowhere it can be found on the Apollo photos.
Not far from the lem, we can find a crater on the Apollo photos (here AS11-40-5955).
We can't find the same crater near the lem on the satellite photo.
Here is a panoramic of this crater reconstituted with two photos (AS11_50-5955 and AS11_50-5957)
This is another LRO photo of the Apollo 11 landing site.
Let's make a close-up on the lander
We first can see that the lander has no definite shadow; the shadow is all around it.
We can see three footpads of the lander (circled in red), but not the legs they are attached to.
We cannot see the fourth footpad, but we can see the leg it is attached to (at least partially).
And the lander appears too circular.
In reality the lander is not so circular.
NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the material of Apollo 12
Surveyor is not located at the same place relatively to the hole than on the satellite photo (on which it is close to the edge of the hole).
We can see two holes that we can't see on the satellite photo, at least oriented the same way relatively to Surveyor.
On the satellite photo, the ALSEP is at some distance from the Lem.
But on this Apollo photo (AS12-47-6918), it is quite close to it; we indeed can see the shadow of the top of the lem on the extreme left.
Someone has told me that it was not the shadow of the LM but the one of the other astronaut; but, in that case, what is the shadow we see near the shadow of the photographer's left leg?
This is another LRO photo of the Apollo 12 landing site.
Let's make a close-up on the lander
The lander has no definite shadow; the shadow is all around it.
If we can see the four footpads (with an unequal luminosity) we can only see a leg of the lander; yet it is in a part which is as shadowed as the rest of the lander.
We can also see that the polygon which joins the footpads of the lander is irregular.
Normally the polygon joining the footpads should be a square like I show on the figure on the right which comes from a photo in Apollo 14 in which the CM takes a photo of the LM as the LM is showing its top to it.
And this does not come from the fact that the lander would be taken in bias; the LRO photo is taken from above the landing site, not in bias!
Let's now make a close-up on the instruments.
This LRO picture gives in legend the meaning of the various brilliant spots we see.
This is a part of a photo of the mission Apollo 12.
On it we can see the seismometer and the central station.
I have circled in green the brilliant spot which is indicated on the LRO photo as being the central station, and in blue the brilliant spot which is indicated on the LRO photo as being the seismometer, but what is the still bigger spot which is close to the latter spots and that I have circled in red?
NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the material of Apollo 14
If we consider the Lem's shadow, the sun is shining from the left of the photo to the right (red arrow).
But, if we consider the way the Lem is lit, the sun would be shining from the bottom of the photo to the top (yellow arrow): Indeed, the lower part of the lem is well lit, whereas its upper part is darker.
If we draw a line between the scientific instruments and the lem, and two lines on each side of it delimiting the angle of vision of the Hasselblad camera, we can see that when the camera points at the lem from the scientific instruments, it must be able to catch two very visible holes.
But on an Apollo photo taken from the scientific instruments, and with the lem in the background (AS14-64-9097), we can see none of these holes (and nor can we see them on the other photos)!
And if we compare the position of the scientific instruments (MET) relatively to two holes which are close on this Apollo photo (AS14-68-9405) and on the satellite photo, we can see it is different.
On the satellite photo, the scientific instruments are closer to the hole which is the farther one (from the lem) than on the Apollo photo.
On the Apollo photo, you can also see that the shadow of the bar the astronaut is holding is not visible!
NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the Apollo 15 lem (descent stage).
In fact, on the satellite photo, we can see that the lem is on a fold of terrain.
I have colored this fold of terrain on the satellite photo, as shown below.
We can see that it looks like a hand, with a pointed finger, on which the lem would be.
Of course, you could say, that it proves nothing, and that it just happens to look like a hand.
Nevertheless, the lem is still in unstable position on this fold of terrain, and dangerously close to two holes.
Yet, the astronauts could have landed the lem on a safer place.
If we compare the satellite photo with this view of the lem, with the hills in the background (AS15-82-11057), we can see that it's completely different.
Where are the holes of the satellite photo on the Apollo photo?
And where are the hills of the Apollo photo on the satellite photo?
Some have told me that what I call "hills" is in fact "mountains" and that they are much farther away; but we see photos of these "mountains" some photos before, and they appear twice higher; that means that, between these photos and the photo I show, the rover would have covered a distance which is greater than the total distance which has been covered by the rover during the whole mission.
Here is a wider view of the panorama of the photographic mission of Apollo 15 made with two adjacent photos (AS15-82-11056 and AS15-82-11057)
Where is on the satellite photo the hill which is behind the astronaut on this photo (AS15-88-11864)?
And why does this hill appear so blurred, when it should appear this way?
NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the Apollo 16 lem (descent stage).
The lem (circled in yellow on the photo below) had landed very close to a crater, but why so close?
It was rather dangerous to land the lem so close to this crater when the lem could have landed on a safer place!
Moreover, on the other side of the crater, we can see another object (I have circled in red) which looks like the lem, and which creates an inverted shadow!
In fact there is a crater not far from the lem, but it's not immediately close to the lem on this Apollo photo (AS16-109-17789), it's at a little distance from the lem.
And behind the lem on this Apollo photo (AS16-113-18339), we can see a hill that we can't find on the satellite photo.
NASA claims that this part of a satellite photo shows the remains of the Apollo 17 lem (descent stage).
If we take a bigger part of the original satellite photo, we can see another object (I have circled in red) which looks like the lem (I have circled in yellow), and which creates the same type of shadow.
If the first object is the lem, then what is the second object?
On this view of the Lem in Apollo 17 (AS17-134-20508), why don't we see the hole I have circled in red on the satellite photo?
Not far from the lem, there is this very characteristic crater (AS17-137-20992); but we can't find a such crater on the satellite photo.
Here is a panoramic of this crater made with two photos:
And finally, to find that this view in Apollo 17 (AS17-139-21204), with the (circled) lem in its center, corresponds with what we see on the satellite photo requires a delirious imagination!
This is another LRO photo of the Apollo 17 landing site.
Let's make a close-up on the lander
This time the lander has a well definite shadow unlike in the LRO photos of the other missions.
According to the shadow of the LM, the sun is shining along the direction indicated by the green arrow.
We can see a bright footpad of the LM I have circled in orange.
There is another footpad of the lander I have circled in yellow which is dim in comparison; yet it is symmetrical relatively to the direction of the sunlight, and therefore it should be lit the same as the other footpad, and be as bright as it!
Let's make a close-up on the flag they indicate.
The flag of Apollo 17 appears as two perpendicular black parts; the vertical part corresponds to the flag itself (the cloth, not the pole), and the horizontal part (oriented on the left) to its shadow.
But there is a little problem, for we can see that the direction of the flag's shadow is completely different from the direction of the LM's one.
Even if it was the vertical part which would be the flag's shadow, it's still would be differently oriented from the LM's shadow.
To conclude my doubts that photoshop has very probably been used to edit the photos, I'll show that it is abnormal that we can't better see the lander on the LRO photos.
Here is a photo taken from a satellite.
I won't say that we can see all the details of the cars, but they are roughly recognizable.
I have reproduced the LM (it is a full LM, and not just the lander, but never mind) and the rover at approximately the sizes they would have on the photo.
The lander might not be as precisely detailed as on my photocomposition, but it would be more recognizable than on the LRO photos.
That means that, if the lander was on earth, a satellite could take a better photo of it than the LRO, though the LRO benefits of the absence of atmosphere, and also the LRO can get closer to the moon than a satellite to the earth in reason of the fact that the moon is smaller than the earth.