Perusing NASA’s image library for Apollo 11 we found an interesting difference amongst several photos of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’s surface. In some images his life support pack has an antenna, and in others it does not. The photos of Neil Armstrong all show an antenna on his life support pack. We are sure that this can be explained away but it’s a curious artifact non-the-less.
Below are a couple of pictures of Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface, one with an antenna and one without. Uncanny?
Digging around we found a great explanation of how this could be at Clavius.org. Their explanation is as follows:
Unlike the antennas on portable radios and automobiles, the VHF antennas on the astronauts’ backpacks were not metal tubes, but flat metal strips painted white on one side and black on the other. And so when they are seen edge-on (i.e., from the astronaut’s front or back), they tend to disappear against the dark background. But when presented broadside (i.e., from the astronaut’s side) to the camera they appear bright and prominent.