During the conversation, I asked for proof that this image is faked:
Now, you might recognize this photograph, though you may not have seen it quite like this before, and it may also not be the specific one you've seen, This is a raw scan from one of the rolls of 70mm film taken by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972. This shot, or one of the ones taken just before or after this one, became the basis for the famous "Blue Marble" that any of us who was alive in 1972 saw published in Life magazine. Many of us, including me, saw enlargements of this up close and personal in museums.
It wasn't exactly this. This is scanned directly from the slide film, about 30 years after the fact. It's slightly color-shifted and badly-composed. When it was published, it had been cropped and color-corrected. In fact, in that sense, there are many versions of the shot, because each art director who prepared a copy for publication may have had a different idea of how the colors should be.
When I linked to this shot, of course I got the usual "where are the stars?" which I've already addressed. In fact, the direct quote was, "So I am to believe I am able to see stars with the naked eye on earth but millions spent by NASA they can not capture stars." As if, first, the millions were all spent on the camera, and, second, spending millions suddenly changes how photography works.
But the point of this post is not the authentication of this photo, though I may get back to that in the future. The point is that this person also posted this: "There is no proof of apollo missions, you base beliefs on images and blogs. Mine are from primary sensory [sic]." Then, about an hour later, posted this meme:
So much for "primary sensory." But let's set aside the double standard and concentrate on the meme. The implication is that NASA took a photo of an Egyptian desert, modified it, and tried to pass if off as a picture of Mars.
And in fact, someone did that. But it wasn't NASA.
Google (which many flat-Earthers and conspiracy theorists denounce as an evil part of the conspiracy, even as they continue to use it), has a great tool, the search-by-image function in image searches. So, I though I'd give it a try. I extracted the Earthbound image from the meme, thusly:
And Google was able to find it in the Wikimedia commons. Here is the original image:
You can find attribution information (which the meme-maker never supplies) here. It was taken from the side of the road in the Black Desert. Now go try to find the Mars version. You'll only find it paired with this picture, in the meme and like this:
Here, of course, it is clearly identified as a fake Mars picture. I have not been able to find any indication that NASA or any serious science website has ever tried to pass this picture off as being from Mars.
So, did the poster who sent me this lie? Well, certainly in the sense of claiming to only use "primary sensory." In fact, this poster's timeline is full of memes from other Twitter users. But it's also a lie because the poster is taking someone else's word, without any further thought or investigation, to call someone else a liar.
Now, this particular poster is not important in the flat-Earth scene. With only about 60 tweets and 14 followers as I write this, this Twitter user is not having much influence.
But the tactics are rampant among flat-Earth proponents. Which, for a group that relies for their entire case on calling a rather large number of people liars, is the height of hypocrisy.