Missing Tracks

Various photos taken of the lunar rover supposedly at rest on the surface of the moon reveal that there are no tracks leading up to its wheels.  Although NASA apologists will tell you that this anomaly can be explained, as you'll see their explanations leave much to be desired.


AS16-110-18006 (ALSJ)
First up, this photo was shot at Station 5 during Apollo 16 as part of a panoramic sequence.  Examine it carefully (here's an enhanced version that brings out the tracks) and you'll see that although there are tracks behind the rover, none of them line up with the rover's rear wheels.  The straight tracks are clearly offset from the vehicle's wheels by about 3 or 4 feet and the curved tracks (of which we only see one) are pointed in the wrong direction entirely.  If the tracks don't lead to the rover's wheels, then how did the rover end up at the location shown?  NASA claims that the astronauts actually lifted the rover off of the curved tracks and transported it to the location shown but the evidence suggests something else altogether.  more

AS17-137-20979 (ALSJ)
This next photo of the repair made to the rover's right rear fender was taken during the Apollo 17 mission just prior to leaving Station 2.  By the time this photo was shot the rover had already traveled approximately 9 kilometers from the LM.

As you can see, there's no discernable track leading to the rover's rear wheel (not to mention the front one) and yet there's plenty of surface dust available as evidenced by the well-formed footprint left in the lunar soil directly behind the wheel.  So, how did the lunar rover happen to arrive at its present location if it wasn't driven there?  Some say that dust was kicked over the track during the hour of activity at Station 2 but again, the evidence doesn't support this explanation.  more


AS17-134-20453 (ALSJ)
In this next photo we ought to see rover tracks either trailing off to the left or to the right in the distance, but where are they?  Notice that the compacted footprints are easily seen in the background as they reflect sunlight better than the surrounding uncompacted soil and yet we see no tracks whatsoever...  Did the rover just happen to travel in a perfectly straight line that originates at the mountain in the distant background (thus its tracks are coincidentally hidden from view behind the seated astronaut)?  See also companion photo AS17-134-20454.

AS17-143-21857 (ALSJ)

The only track that is discernable in this photo is in the extreme foreground near the photo's bottom edge--an estimated 10 feet from the vehicle itself.  As you can see, activity behind the rover (including in the foreground) was extremely light judging from the few footprints that are visible and therefore kicked dust can't account for the missing tracks in this photo.

Notice that the left track isn't even visible in the foreground despite that there are no footprints anywhere near where this track ought to exist (see this enhanced version which makes any tracks and footprints more visible).  


AS17-143-21836 (ALSJ)
This photo is similar to the above.  Here's an enhanced version of it.

AS17-143-21932 (ALSJ)
Here again there are no tracks to be seen directly behind the vehicle's rear wheels. There's not even a track visible just an inch away from either wheel which is odd considering that a track left there would be as prominent as the wheel itself. Since this is a high resolution photo, you can easily zoom the image so that the apparent size of the rear wheel is 2 inches across your monitor without any image degradation. Try this and you'll see that the track simply doesn't exist.  See here for the enhanced version of this photo.  See also, the companion photo, AS17-143-21933.

AS15-85-11411 (ALSJ)

Zoom in close behind the rear wheel pictured in this photo and you'll find that the only track that's visible isn't pointing at the base of the wheel as it should if it originated from that wheel.  Instead, the track is pointing more parallel to the direction that the wheel is pointing and is offset a good 8 to 10 inches to the left of the wheel (see the track more clearly in this enhanced version).  If anything, this track belongs to the front wheel--not the rear one.  So, where's the track belonging to the rear wheel? 


AS15-86-11603 (ALSJ)
Zoom in closely on the area directly behind the left rear wheel in this photo and you'll see that there's no track left behind by that wheel.  This couldn't possibly have been caused by kicked dust as very little activity has taken place in this area as witnessed by the small number of footprints.  As you can see, these footprints are clearly visible due to the sun's low angle and yet somehow, the tracks leading to the rover's wheels can't be seen at all.  

AS15-88-11902 (ALSJ)
Zoom in on this photo so that the center cross-hair is about two inches wide and the patch of soil directly behind both rear wheels is visible.  Although there doesn't appear to be a significant amount of activity near the rear wheel that's closest to us, there's no visible track directly behind the wheel either.  If this is the result of kicked dust, then why is there no build-up of soil to be seen along the base of the wheel?

AS15-86-11658  (ALSJ)
Ok, so this photo's not necessarily a good example of missing tracks but zoom in close and decide for yourself whether the rear wheel is even touching the ground.  See also the companion photo, AS15-86-11659.

Other photos that exhibit missing or misaligned tracks (at least to some degree) include: AS17-140-21354, AS17-142-21796, AS17-134-20443, AS17-136-20758, AS17-133-20341, AS15-82-11120 and AS15-90-12218, AS15-85-11438.

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