A $238 million dollar buggy


We are traveling this weekend to a high school graduation, and for a large high school, one of the most excruciating experiences imaginable. It is not fault of the kids or the tedious one-by-one parade that they have to endure too, but rather the self-important and completely boring speakers we must endure.

This guy Nathan,  who narrates the video from which I clipped the screen shot above, would be a great speaker. He is bright, inquisitive, creative, sardonic and funny. As smart people tend to do (before schooling kicks their creative asses into submission), he noticed that the Lunar Rover looked like a Willys Jeep. To test his hypothesis, he got hold of the schematics for both, and found them a perfect match. They are identical in every detail from wheel base to front bumper to placement of steering wheel.

Boeing, the contractor who made the jalopy, charged $238 million (today’s dollars) for the item. They got really lazy. Since this product was already being used in the Vietnam War and was already in mass production, they grabbed one off the assembly line and made a few modifications.

It did not matter that it was too heavy to escape earth’s gravity … It was not going anywhere except around a sound set anyway.

As I sit through the monotonous exhortations to be tomorrow’s leaders (or bureaucrats or soldiers or fast food dispensers) I am going to be chuckling inside at the ease with which we, the graduating classes of the sixties and seventies were fooled. Sadly, these kids coming up now are no better off. Propaganda works on us, and works with way too much ease.

(Oops! Forgot links. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6FX-Y6fIXw) (https://youtu.be/U8WQezQKGoA) (https://youtu.be/To9B199L48k)

Also, his hypothesis is much more complicated than I have outlined above, indicating a means of photo trickery available in 1971 that I did not know they had.

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5 Responses to A $238 million dollar buggy

  1. LunarTuner says:

    LunarTuner – I suggest you read the post above about the role of “debunking” as a form of thought control. I am taking your links down, and thank you.


  2. LunarTuner says:

    Seems that it is you that is engaging in thought control. You can’t even look at the evidence that proves your “theories” are bunk, and allow your readers to see you engage in a reasonable debate. So you engage in censoring… quite the nasty form of thought control for those who think differently than you.

    What are you afraid of?


    • I am afraid of nothing, least of all you. I understand the propaganda thrust behind “debunking,” which is to get people to look away from evidence and be reassured.

      You’ve never been around here before, so I assume you are like a college student or some other hire asked to troll the blogs and distribute flak, make some extra money.

      How about a real name, a real email address? Have you got it in you? Do ya, punk? Your name, you email (LunarTuner@gmail.com) like you, are fake.

      Did not think so. Kindly fuck off.


  3. G. T. says:

    The more I look at the “moon landings”, the more ridiculous they now strike me as being.

    Twenty years ago, I actually did a degree in space physics at one of the few universities in my country that offered such a course: it was impressed upon us all just how crucial it was to reduce payload mass on space missions. The pains that were taken simply to shave a hundred grams off the mass of some piece of crucial equipment were astonishing.

    …And so the idea that they’d send a moon-jeep up there, just for the “astronauts” to ride around in for the T.V. cameras is hysterical. I looked at the photo above and just started laughing.

    And to think: I believed all that crap for decades…


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