A4_15 Lunar Landers

John Coxon, Joshua Barker, Thomas Conlon


Some have suggested that the moon landings were hoaxed. This paper investigates whether it would be possible to put an end to the debate on this issue by imaging the lunar excursion module (LEM) on the Moon. In order to do this with an optical telescope, it is found that the required aperture would be 57 m. This is compared to the largest effective aperture of an optical telescope on Earth and it is found to be unfeasible using current telescopes.

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