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Apollo 17: How is this possible?

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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2008

People seem to have strong feelings regarding the Apollo missions. I have plenty of questions about the missions but thought I'd post this clip from NASA's website http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a17/vide... regarding Apollo 17 to start some discussion.

The Apollo 17 mission had three astronauts, Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, who spent over 3 days on the lunar surface, and Ron Evans who stayed in lunar orbit. In this short clip you can hear Gene and Jack talking with "Bob" at Ground Control. The problem is that the moon is 200,000 miles from the earth, and thus any transmission back and forth should have at least a 2 second delay between the astronauts and Ground Control (more than 1 second in each direction for each transmission at light speed). If these astronauts are indeed on the moon, how are they conversing with Ground Control without such a delay?

My questions do not hinge around pre-drawn conclusions of deception or conspiracy. I am simply asking questions and gathering facts. Please keep your comments civil and reasoned. And remember ...

"Resort is had to ridicule when reason is against us."
-- Thomas Jefferson

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