Conspiracy theorists who believe Michael Jackson was an alien and that the moon landing was a staged hoax set in a secret Hollywood studio may soon have to invent entire new wacko theories.
Nasa has confirmed that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will be taking photos of the Apollo landing sites as they scout out new landing sites and seek to prove that we really did take one giant step for man-kind on the moon.
Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a robotic spacecraft designed to map out the moons surface to help prepare for future lunar missions.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will orbit 50 kilometres above the moons surface to carry out it's mission of mapping the Moon's surface in high-resolution (1 metre per pixel) images of the Moon's surface from pole to pole.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will also carry instruments that will enable it to make detailed 3-D maps of the Moon's surface.
Nasa has yet to give specific timelines for the flyby and photo shoot but sometime soon there will hopefully be concrete proof consisting of hi-definition photos of the Apollo lunar module's descent stage (the bottom part of the lunar module that housed its propulsion system), which was left on the Moon's surface when the Apoolo astronauts re-joined the lunar command module orbiting the Moon.
Other remains left on the Moon include a golf club, US flags, as well as the Lunar Rovers used in the Apollo 15, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17 missions.
By Pat Pilcher