MoonFaker: Exhibit D: Critique #04A: Wernher von Braun Part A

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After noting that moon rocks give off radiation and then suggesting that that makes them identical
to common meteorites found on earth, which it doesn’t, Jarrah jumps into the conspiracists’
claim that the chief architect of the American space program, Wernher von Braun, went to
Antarctica in 1966 to collect meteorites that would later be passed off as moon rocks brought
back by the Apollo astronauts.
This von Braun claim quickly circulated the internet shortly after it was introduced in the year
2000 by alleged truth seeker, Aron Ranen in his supposedly critically acclaimed mockumentary,
“Did We Go?”
Jarrah borrows heavily from Ranen’s video in his Exhibit D series.
Jarrah: On that note, it is worth noting that in 1966, Wernher von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist,
who built the Saturn 5, took an extended trip to Antarctica.
Another note worth noting is that he was there for a week.
I wouldn’t exactly consider that an extended trip.
And he was there in January 1967, not 1966.
And of course Jarrah has to start off by tagging von Braun as being a Nazi.
After all, everyone knows that all Nazis are liars and meteorite hoarders.
Besides, for what other reason than meteorite gathering would the Nazi scientist want to
go to Antarctica anyway?
First off, whether von Braun was a Nazi or not has nothing to do with moon rocks.
Nonetheless, Jarrah tries to invalidate the entire Apollo space program by discrediting
one man’s character.
This tactic is called "poisoning the well.”
As for a reason for von Braun to go to Antarctica: According to this article on the Texas Tech
University website, von Braun sent a letter to the Red Raiders' famed geologist and curate,
F. Alton Wade, well before his trip, asking for a suggestion on a good place to train the
Apollo astronauts and Wade pointed von Braun to Antarctica.
Jarrah: In searching Wikipedia for information on this, one comes across the following:
“During the local summer of 1966/1967, von Braun participated in a U.S. government expedition to Antarctica.
The expedition was one of the first to systematically search the ice surface for meteorites believed
to originate from the moon, for later use as a reference material.”
This is interesting.
If you look at the Wernher von Braun article on Wikipedia today, it doesn't say this.
Jarrah published his Exhibit D video series on YouTube on January 04, 2009.
If you search back through the Wikipedia archives to that time, or even a couple months before,
the article didn’t say anything about meteorites then either.
In fact, you have to search back to BEFORE January, 2008 to find this wording.
That tells me that Jarrah is intelligent enough to search the Wikipedia archives for previous
versions of articles and that means he had to have viewed the comments associated with
each revision that he pulled.
Jarrah: Shortly after this article was brought up in debate, it was promptly changed to:
“The goal of the field trip was to determine whether the experience gained by US scientific and
technological community during the exploration of Antarctic wastelands would be useful for
[the] manned exploration of space.
There was no debate.
Here’s what happened.
On June 23, 2007, wiki-author Glst2, a major contributor to the von Braun article on Wikipedia,
added a description of the expedition to Antarctica.
What appears to be a reference note in that article is actually a link to a photo of
von Braun at the South Pole.
A picture may prove that at sometime he was somewhere where there is snow, but it doesn’t
tell you what he did there.
So, on July 1, 2007, after being dinged for not providing a source, Glst2 added various
references to the article including one for the expedition to Antarctica.
He cites an article from Popular Science Magazine, dated May 1967.
Six months later, on January 2, 2008, an anonymous author - a bright, intelligent young lad from
the Netherlands - from the city of Eindhoven actually - a truth seeker, someone who doesn’t
just trust everything he reads on the internet, actually found the edition of Popular Science
and read the article.
Finding that that article does not mention meteorites or meteorite gathering at all,
he then updated the Wikipedia article with the TRUE purpose of the trip as stated in
the source article.
And that is why the wording changed.
Jarrah knew this.
Jarrah had to have seen the revision history when he traipsed through the archives looking
for that particular revision of the [Wikipedia] article he used in his video.
Again, Jarrah builds a straw man, this time suggesting there was some debate over what
wording should be used.
There was no debate.
The meteorite crap was simply thrown out and the truth was inserted.
And just how can we prove what the truth is?
Well, like the unknown lad from the Netherlands, we can look at the Popular Science article,
of course.
Fortunately, you don’t even have to drive down to your local public library to see if
they still have a fiche machine.
Every edition of Popular Science from about 1950 on is available on Google books.
I’m surprised you can’t link directly to them from a YouTube video.
This article, "A Space Man's Look at Antarctica," was written by contributing editor,
Wernher von Braun.
(Hmm? Where have I heard that name before?) Anyway, it tells how four NASA execs went to Antarctica
to evaluate it as a proving ground for working the kinks out of the lunar rover and testing
life-detecting equipment intended for deployment on Mars.
That was the purpose of their weeklong visit to that continent in January, 1967.
The four NASA execs who participated on this trip to Antarctica included not only
Wernher von Braun, Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; but also
Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Huston;
Dr. Maxime Faget, Houston’s Director of Engineering and Development;
and another former NAZI scientist,
Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, head of the Research Project Laboratory at the Marshall Space Flight Center -
four of the most handsomely paid directors in all of NASA.
In most sectors of corporate America, a trip of this sort is typically called a boondoggle.
If there was any ulterior motive for the trip, it was to put the Texas and Alabama boys together
on what was then a multi-day round trip flight and get them to iron out their pity differences,
as was proposed in Von Braun's biography, Dreamer of Space, which also makes no reference
to meteorites.
I’m not going to read the Popular Science article to you.
You can do that.
Check the sidebar of this video for the link.
Jarrah says much more about von Braun’s trip to Antarctica, but this is a good place
to stop for now.
We will conclude our study of Jarrah's character assassination in the next video.
Ciao moon hoax conspirators, wherever you are.