Over the entire period of space exploration and exploration, hundreds of thousands of photographs were taken, and some of them raised doubts about their reality, mainly among people far from the space industry. In this article, we will provide several of these photos with their explanations.
In this image, people are confused by the relative sizes of the Moon and Earth. After all, the diameter of the Moon is about 27% of the diameter of the Earth, but here in the picture the Moon occupies almost 37% of the Earth’s diameter, so skeptics conclude that the photo is a fake.
In fact, knowing the distance from the apparatus from which the survey was carried out to the Earth and the Moon, it is easy to calculate how it should actually be. DSCOVR was 1.1 million kilometers from Earth at the time of the survey. From the Pythagorean theorem, it is easy to calculate that the angular size of the Earth from such a distance should be 0.00884 rad, and the Moon located between the Earth and the apparatus — 0.00329 rad, i.e. From this distance, the moon should cover approximately 37.2% of the Earth’s diameter, which is what we see in the picture.
In this photo we see the shuttle Endeavor docked to the ISS. Many skeptics, over time, immediately arose a question — here, the shuttle, here is the ISS, and who and where from then took this photo?
The casket opens simply. This photo was taken on May 24, 2011. On May 16, the shuttle Endeavor docked at the ISS and delivered some equipment to the station, as well as several astronauts. On May 24, the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft undocked from the station, which took part of the station’s crew back to Earth. This image was taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft moving away from the ISS.
With a bit of imagination, this photo of the Sun shows a smiling smiley, and the fiery color adds ominousness to it. Some see the similarity of this image to the Halloween pumpkin.
Many people are sure that this image is Photoshop, and although this is indeed an image not in real colors: with our eyes we will not see the surface of the Sun so dark, nevertheless the image is quite real. It was received by the Solar Dynamics Ovservatory (SDO) spacecraft and is nothing more than a lucky coincidence and angle, as well as the effect of a pareidolic illusion.