Appearing for an hour on Far Out Radio yesterday, Robert Morningstar produced his best evidence that the Moon is occupied by aliens.
He plays the exact same game as Hoagland & Bara. Namely, show only forty-year-old images at low resolution, so that there's as much doubt as possible about what we're seeing. He produces this image, which he says is a Lunar Orbiter image of the Mare Imbrium, and he speculates that it also shows what are probably "hangars" -- indicating some civilized activity.
image credit: NASA/Morningstar
Just as with his story about the "crashed spacecraft", Morningstar has the wrong mission. This is not from Lunar Orbiter at all—it's Apollo 17 Frame #AS17-M-2444, from the mapping camera. So it's 42 years old, and its resolution is a couple of hundred meters per pixel.
The huge crater on the horizon is Copernicus. The view is looking almost due South. Morningstar says the crater in the center is Euler, but in fact it's Pytheas, at 20.6°W, 20.5°N. It apparently hasn't occurred to Morningstar to check the Narrow Angle Camera strips in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image library, which tell us all about this region at a resolution of 0.5 m/px.
Here's a permalink to the region in the ACT-REACT quick map. Morningstar's "hangars" are the two knobby hills at 24.06°W, 19.87°N. Zoom in as far as you like, see if you think there are any UFOs in there. Ask yourself why hangar roofs would be cratered just like all the surrounding terrain (should that be "lunain", perhaps?) Ask yourself what kind of hangars would be 5 km wide.
Here's the complete set of Morningstar's "evidence." Astoundingly, he also includes what is very obviously a transmission fault in a Soviet Zond 3 image. That one dates from 1964, and its resolution must be many kilometers per pixel. To claim this shows a tower exposes him, I would have thought, to ridicule.
Update 1 (8 May)
I messaged Morningstar pointing out his errors and asking if he would retract. He refused, and added this:
"I used the names for the craters given on the Apollo site where I downloaded them. And for "0.5 m/px" photo, it is typical of their technique of degrading image to hide the evidence, like your image of the terrain purported debunking the crashed ship."I pointed out that he and I are getting imagery from the very same source --NASA. The difference is that he only looks at the ancient low-res pix and I prefer to use the better ones.
Update 2 (9 May)
Stand by for a good laugh, fans -- this is hilarious. Morningstar got a second hour on Far Out Radio last night, and dealt with my objections. After a fashion.
First, he said that he'd spent five hours studying this problem, and he'd noticed that "the astronaut taking the pictures" had kept the "hangars" in view for several frames, proving that he was interested in them. Right there he showed for sure that he doesn't understand that these shots are from the mapping camera, not the handheld Hasselblad. The mapping camera was fixed in the SIM Baynote 1 -- it was not under astronaut control but pointed wherever the spacecraft (the CSM) pointednote 2. Oh dear, Robert. But it got worse.
Then he said the result of his five hours was that he'd decided the view in that frame was not South, toward Copernicus on the horizon, but West. The huge crater on the horizon, he'd decided, was not Copernicus but Aristarchus. The crater in the foreground was not Euler, not Pytheas, but Krieger. He actually re-labeled his image, saying "NASA mislabels things." (He didn't cite any examples of that, natch)
Well, overnight he seems to have changed his mind again because he re-re-labeled the image, making it even more wrong.
image: NASA, fucked up beyond all recognition by Morningstar
Now the large crater up on the horizon, actually Copernicus, isn't called anything. The label Copernicus is used for Plato. The foreground crater, unmistakably Pytheas, is labeled Aristarchus. The satellite crater Pytheas A is called Krieger. The small crater Helicon is re-christened Pytheas. Draper and one of its satellites are given names I can't read.
Copernicus is one of the Great Rayed Craters of the Moon -- easily visible with an ordinary pair of binoculars when it's in sunlight. Slapping that label on a crater that in reality is one third the size, with only a very small ejecta blanket, is a major FAIL.
For some God-unknown reason he's stitched together three versions of this utter fuckup, and persists in calling them Lunar Orbiter imagery even though he knows perfectly well that the image is from Apollo 17. Here's the page he prepared for Far Out Radio.
He warned me at the start of the week that I'd have egg on my face after his Thursday night performance. Funny -- I sure can't feel it. I'm left with the conclusion that there's no hope for Robert Morningstar. He just doesn't know enough about lunar photography or lunar anything-else.
 Scientific Instrument Module -- a panel in the Service Module containing spectrometers as well as cameras
 Here's the complete sequence from rev. 6. The "hangars" appear in frames 2443-8.