by Steve Troy

from MoonAnomalies Website

By the end of the Apollo program in December 1972, only about 20% of the Moon’s surface had been successfully photographed in detail from orbit. Apollo’s camera technology had proved to be superior to the system employed by the five Lunar Orbiter missions preceding it. Lunar Orbiter had given us greater photographic coverage of both the near and far sides but much of it, like the photography taken by Lunar Orbiter IV, was taken from an altitude too high for detailed surface study. Difficulties with some Orbiter cameras included difficulty in measuring positions on the lunar surface due to the nature of the electronic readout system as well as the inability to obtain stereoscopic coverage, which made three-dimensional measurements difficult to obtain. Apollo corrected these conditions.

It has been shown by photographs posted on this as well as on Enterprise and other sites, that both Lunar Orbiter and Apollo missions have given us valuable data concerning the discovery of anomalous lunar structure. We have thousands upon thousands of lunar images that are publicly available, both on the internet as well as from the archives. Yet since the beginning of our investigation, we have found many discrepancies regarding the integrity of archived photography. For example, we know that Ken Johnston, who worked at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston during Apollo, witnessed the photo retouching and airbrushing of first generation lunar photography in order to cover up anomalous data. Fortunately, they didn’t cover it all. From what we’ve now discovered on the far side photography, its stunning to speculate what else might be found there considering that by 1972, only 20% of the entire Moon had supposedly been photographed.

The orbital parameters determining the limits of what could be photographed by Apollo meant that lunar far-side photography was relegated to either side of the equatorial region. Yet Apollo has revealed and continues to show us many ‘hidden side’ anomalies. One of the advantages of the Apollo photography over that of Lunar Orbiter is that we often have multiple views of a specific area to corroborate our findings. Many far side craters and basins were photographed by more than one Apollo mission. Looking at footprint maps and photographic catalogs, we see that their cameras focused extensively on areas such as King, Tsiolkovsky, Gagarin, Sklowdowska, Mendeleev, and Korolev.

Chaplygin crater located at 150.2E-5.8S is such a region. It is a primary impact crater 127 km. in diameter having a 5 km. depth. The rim height is 1.75 km. and floor diameter is 85 km. Chaplygin was T/O (Target of Opportunity) #29 for Apollo, and was photographed by all but one of the Apollo missions. According to the traditional model and the Geologic Map of the Central Far Side (USGS Map I-1047), it’s interior consists of smooth light plains that can be related to various Imbrian and/or Nectarian basins.


There is a wealth of photographic information available for this particular crater and we ordered a good sampling of both 4X5" and 8X10" negatives from the selection available from NSSDC, Greenbelt, MD. Prints and sectionals were then made from them. From them we see that the region has features that we believe cannot be explained through traditional lunar stratigraphy. By looking at the sectionals made from the AS10-29-4180 negative, we think we know the reason why NASA had a reason for photographing Chaplygin so extensively during subsequent missions. We believe their reason went beyond pure scientific or geologic interest. ("click" photo to enlarge)


Repeated Geometry at Chaplygin

On the northeast rim of Chaplygin there is a conspicuous brightly rayed 1.5 km. crater that, when closely observed, clearly shows the effects of ejecta thrown out onto rugged highlands. It is perched on top of a high bluff that slopes down to the foreground and is easily seen on the 8X10 print above. The ray pattern atop the bluff looks like a splash, but it cascades down the steeper slope resembling a waterfall. These lobes may be avalanches that occurred by ejecta sent down the slope. Looking carefully through these sloping ray patterns on the flank and down onto the terrain below, one can clearly see architectural arrangement.

Every area on AS10-4180 has been scrutinized and many sectionals were made from the original negative. On this "discovery" photo, we see some remarkable repetitious geometric configuration in the middle and foreground that does not reflect typical geologic "treebark" pattern seen on crater flanks. Strangely, when we received the original negative, we saw that the right side of 4180 was not as focused as the left side. Nevertheless, there were enough visible anomalous signals there for us to both conclude and confirm that anomalies seen on the far side are indeed similar in shape to many seen on the near side. When the bright-crater is seen obliquely with lower or medium sun angle such as on AS10-4180 as well as on hazy AS10-32-4794, there is enough resolution on close up prints to see similar geometric structure in identical locations.


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One shape seen on AS10-4180 as well as on photos of many nearside anomalies is the arch. The arches we have seen on sectionals of near side and far side craters are rounded-Romanesque in style and are generally seen on and around crater flanks.


At Chaplygin, they’re seen below and through redeposited disaggregated debris as well as out into highland terrain. The form of one of the larger arches on 4180 remarkably resembles the Roman 2nd century Trajan Arch in Benvenuto, Italy. It looks like it could sustain enormous weight because of the rounding that spreads weight evenly from post to post.

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In the 1/6th gravity of the Moon we wonder if the weight support-function would be necessary, however it could have still been utilitarian to protect interior space against meteoric rain. It would be speculation beyond this to voice a reason for the existence of arches, but we do know that the terrestrial "Roman" arch was a most efficient technical response in stone, to stresses caused by the need to support large open masses. The lunar engineers, whatever their history, would have to have had a history of similar solutions that culminated in the lunar engineering (in glass) that we see here.

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It is important to note here that on the many photos from negatives that we made from other mission’s photography showing this bright crater, the sun angle is critical to the definition to what is seen through the ray pattern as well as around it. In photo sectionals where the sun was nearly overhead, the natural as well as the anomalous relief is often never seen. An example of this is the bright crater as seen on AS17-Pan-1764.

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We not only see the arch form repeated near Chaplygin but also on the near side. A sectional photo made from LOIII 162M shows arches near the Rampart on the flank of Kepler crater. ("click" photo to enlarge)

Near libration regions there are cratered areas photographed by Lunar Orbiter that show undeniable arch-like doors. We plan to discuss these at a later date. ("click" photo to enlarge)


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On an Apollo 8 photograph, we found distinct undeniable groups of these arches side by side as well as on different levels, and their shapes take them out of the realm traditional lunar geology. Surrounding some arches are other geometric configurations including parallel ridges or walls. Some of these join arches and others have adjacent orthogonal shaped structures nearby. We plan to cover this photograph at a later date. ("click" photo to enlarge)

Another shape seen at Chaplygin is the equilateral triangle. Of course, years ago Richard Hoagland saw the shape of an inscribed 16 mile, two- dimensional equilateral triangle inscribed within Ukert crater which in turn initiated lunar anomaly investigations in earnest. He noticed that at Ukert, if the three brighter areas on the rim of were connected together with straight lines, another equilateral triangle is formed, resulting in two perfectly interlocking triangles. ("click" photo to enlarge)


Ukert’s equilateral message is notably significant to us. It is this precise two-dimensional image of a three-dimensional tetrahedron at Ukert that Hoagland decoded in, and related to, the mathematical relationships seen at Cydonia on Mars. It also reflects the singular symbology of ‘hyper dimensional physics.’

The equilateral shapes seen at Chaplygin are on a much smaller scale than at Ukert yet this basic geometric shape can be discerned. More anomalies seen at this location that are consistent with the lunar glass model shows refractive reflective towers or spires both in the foreground and in the far terrain.


Most of them are smaller than ‘The Castle’ found by Hoagland at Sinus Medii, but the similarities suggest that here, as on the near side, we may be seeing remnants of a network of lunar dome supports constructed of some kind of glass-like, low loss, high strength, optically transparent material that is suspended in sky over an ‘airless’ Moon. ("click" photos to enlarge)


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On the near side, these are also seen at Kepler crater and nearby Kunowsky crater. At Kepler, the dome shape of the refracting glass is clearly defined on the LO image. We plan to discuss more of these redundant geometric signatures in upcoming pieces. ("click" photos to enlarge)


As we’ve said so many times, there has been nothing but denial from NASA regarding the artifacts that we have found over the years. The blatant fact is that we simply have glimpsed the real Moon and have learned that we were not the first to leave artifacts not only there, but also across this solar system. And because of the ‘ Brookings Report that was written after we were confronted with this information early in space exploration that include photography returned by Apollo, we retreated back to Earth from the Moon where we’ve stayed for 40 years.

Someone has left us a ‘stunning legacy--a magnificent heritage’ to discover. NASA took the pictures, and the data is indeed worth a thousand words. When we finally go back to the Moon perhaps more of it’s hidden side will be revealed. This will happen only if the powers-that-be within our space agency becomes convinced of the necessity and interest in the truth, even if that may mean rewriting the history books. However, we won’t hold our breath.