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February 19, 2013 in Science


Dear Infowarriors,
In October 2012 AwE130 revealed a photoshopped image stored in the ALSJ. This photoshopped image was created by Ed Hengeveld. According the ALSJ information at that time the image was composed by the following images.

Photoshopped image Apollo 11

The result of using those image shown above you should able to create the image bellow. It is obvious that it is not possible to create the image below.


We contacted Ed Hengeveld, the person who was credited in the ALSJ for creating this image. The following information is what Ed told us about how he created the image. We have his permission to share this information.

Questions AwE130: How did you create image AS11-40-5863/69?

Answer Ed Hengeveld: I Have little to add to the explanation on the ALSJ, except that the ‘sun’ is a Photoshop effect that I placed approximately where the sun would be in the sky. I don’t remember exactly what I used for the bottom left, but I know I copied little parts of lunar surface from other areas of the photo, like a puzzle, to fill in the blanks. It was not meant to create a scientifically correct photo, but to combine the images into an artistically pleasing result. So please don’t waste your time comparing details on the lunar surface with other photos, because these may actually belong in a different spot. I hope this answers your question.

Question: What image was used for the antenna at the top of the LM?

Answer Ed Hengeveld: If I remember correctly the antenna was taken from a photo of another mission (could be Apollo 14), because I could not find an Apollo 11 photo that I could use for it.

Question: Do you mind if we share this information?

Answer Ed Hengeveld: I have no objections if you share what I have told you with others.

Statement from Ed Hengeveld
I have seen before that my Photoshopped photo was used as an argument that the landings never happened. If I had realised that it would be used for that purpose, I would never have published it.

One would say that a chief editor of an historical archive would be happy when a error like this is brought to light so one can correct the information. But it does seem that the ALSJ are not interested in correct information. Under pressure from AwE130 the ALSJ chief editor did change the caption and moved the artistic presentation to an artistic part of the archive, where we can find the image today. So far so good you would say. Until you read the update the ALSJ placed on their website on 1 November 2012:

1 November 2012


“In early 2008, Ed Hengeveld used portions of AS11-40-5863 to 69 to create a view of Buzz on the porch (4.0 Mb or 0.4 Mb). Neil did not capture the top rear of the LM with these pictures, so Ed filled the gap with a portion of AS11-44-6576, which was taken in orbit after undocking. Late in 2012, AwE130 suggested that Ed’s creation more properly belongs on the page with other creative works, rather than in the Apollo 11 Image Library.”

We think that it is outlandish that Eric Jones the chief editor of the ALSJ, who we had contacted directly about or investigation. Does not inform the reader about the fact that the “sun” is a photoshopped effect and the top antenna is from another Apollo mission (Apollo 17). Six months after we have informed the ALSJ they still have not put the correct information in the caption. They did chance the caption on 1 November 2012 but refused to give the reader the correct information about an artistic presentation. What would they do to real historical information, when they already have a problem to information the reader correctly about an artistic presentation as Ed Hengeveld clearly stated in his email contact with AwE130.

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