Indestructible Bootprints

When was the last time you stepped on a freshly made shoe or boot print in a fine-grained soil without completely destroying it in the process?  Well, apparently the astronauts were capable of doing just that.  Witness the following two photos...

In the photo to the right, taken during Apollo 17, an astronaut is standing directly on top of a prior-made boot print.  Zoom in and examine this particular area of the photo carefully.  Notice that the edge of the astronaut's boot cuts across the print's parallel "tread marks" without crushing or distorting them the least little bit.  Notice too that a number of the tread lines meet up with the edge of the boot in a perfectly straight line and that the straight edge of the astronaut's boot is clearly visible for the most part!  As anyone knows, this wouldn't be possible and therefore, this photo must be a fake.

 


AS17-134-20386 (ALSJ)

Talk about light gravity! (click for full size)

 


AS11-40-5880 (ALSJ)

Duh! (click for full size)

In the famous Apollo 11 photo to the left we see this same phenomenon repeated--a perfectly straight boot edge once again intersects with perfectly straight boot print marks.  No distortion of the print is evident whatsoever.

Are we to believe that this is somehow the result of 1/6th  gravity when in fact the boot print had to have been made under these same conditions in the first place?  

Moreover, one wonders how the astronaut managed to snap this particular photo when the camera was rigidly attached to his chest?  Even if he could be this flexible wearing a bulky, multi-layered (not to mention pressurized) spacesuit, the astronaut would have had to stand on that one foot in order to take this photo which guarantees that his full weight (50 - 70 lbs or more) was applied on top of the boot print in question.    

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