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From President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David to walking on the moon, photographs of key moments have served as evidence of proof — or fodder for conspiracy theories. Here is a look at some newsmakers over the years.
Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong) Conspiracy theorists have claimed that photos of the lunar landings are bogus due to: a lack of visible stars; inconsistent shadows and lighting that seem to track with a studio production; what looks like the letter â€œCâ€ written on a moon rock and the lunar surface; an Australian womanâ€™s alleged claim that she saw a soft drink bottle in the frame while watching one of the manned landings take place on live television. NASA has provided plausible explanations for all of the above: Stars werenâ€™t visible due to the brightness of the sun during the lunar daytime; inconsistent shadows and lighting were the result of lens distortion, lunar dust, uneven ground and multiple light sources; the â€œCâ€ shape does not appear in original lunar camera film and is believed to be a coiled hair that made its way into the printing processes
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