Landing Point Designator from Inside the LM
Editor's Note: Any effective falsification requires the embodiment of an element of truth or reality. In this instance the Commander’s window guide acts as the ‘mast’ for the ‘flag’.
In the case of an actual lunar surface scenario, it would be very difficult to be able to register these markings. Recall that this was reversal film with very limited exposure latitude. The interior of the LM would need to be illuminated and the landing point designator backlit. The aluminium Mylar shield inside the LM might act as a reflector, but only if sufficient incoming light was available. This Mylar shield just happened to be in the right position to form the 'flag'.
This side of the LM – including the window – was in complete shadow.
No other photographs taken in this series deliver the same result. On the contrary, photographs AS11-40-5863 and AS11-40-5867 have a blue ‘sky’ colouring the same window.
This descending the ladder series of images has been the subject of close study by researchers over many years including Dr David Groves, All of which, including the latest investigation by two Russian Cinematographers demonstrate conclusively that this photograph and by implication, the other photographs in the series, were all lit by artificial lighting.
And while it explains how the items inside the LM were rendered visible from the outside – no photographic lights whatsoever were taken to the Moon in 1969.
Please see also: MythBusters Exposed and Extra Lighting Used on the Moon in Examples of Anomalies and Inconsistencies in Apollo Photography.