Nvidia Proves Moon Landing Photos Authentic

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Nvidia Proves Moon Landing Photos Authentic

Nvidia's render of the moon landing photo.

While demonstrating the computational capabilities of their new Maxwell GPU, Nvidia successfully proved the authenticity of the photos taken during the Apollo 11 moon landing.

To celebrate the launch of the Maxwell GM204 chip found in their GeForce 980 and 970 graphics cards, Nvidia used 3D imagery to help validate photos of the moon landing and silence some conspiracy theorists who believe the event was faked. Researchers working with the chip managed to recreate the moon landing using a "globally illuminated" 3D model of the lunar lander, the astronauts, and the surface of the moon.

The company used realistic lighting from authentic light sources to create the visual effects and shadows in its 3D landscape. The computer model incorporated separate 3D voxel grid structures that stored direct and indirect scene lighting that was used for global illumination calculations. These calculations factor in how light shines from direct sources and then refracts off indirect sources.

Conspiracy theorists have argued that the original picture taken in 1969 of astronaut Buzz Aldrin climbing down the ladder was doctored- since Aldrin should have been in the shadow of the lunar lander. According to Nvidia's researchers, the shadow argument can be countered by demonstrating how indirect illumination from the moon's surface shone on the back of the lander and Aldrin. A high amount of reflected light bounces off the surface of the moon, which explained why Aldrin was visible in the picture.

Another argument raised by conspiracy theorists concerns the lack of atmosphere on the moon and the fact that the stars are unable to be seen in the picture. The explanation behind this was Armstrong set the camera with a specific exposure setting. The camera was set at a low f-stop to prevent the sun from overexposing the image. Adjusting the f-stop in the simulation made the stars visible, but looking at the sun flooded the image.

To make their final point regarding the accuracy of the 3D model using voxel illumination, Nvidia compared the simulation to the real photograph of Aldrin descending the ladder. To the naked eye, the two images were identical.

Source: VentureBeat

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It's neat, but it's not like the Moon landing really needed defending from the batshit insane conspiracy people who can't bother doing the most basic research to find out their points are garba... er... I mean, obviously Nvidia traveled back in time with these cards and faked the Moon landing to draw conspiracy attention away from their future time machine.

Yeah, that's it. >.>

The conspiracy nuts aren't gonna care. nVidia will be aligned with the Illuminati, the Lizard Men, and Rush Limbaugh's left nut because of this. Weird Al's "Foil" will still be relevant.

Sure it is NVIDIA...

or should I say SECRET US GOVERNMENT AGENCY!!!!!!!?

I've been saying for years that NVIDIA was actually a secret government project designed to get into your computers and hack everything and here's my proof! I didn't think NVIDIA would just hand over the proof this easy but I guess they expected us non-sheeple to not realize their mistake.

Fools! Now I must be going, I'm almost out of tin foil and my hat is getting banged up a bit. Don't want the aliens reading my thoughts, am I right?!?

The only thing necessary to shut up conspiracy theorists about the moon landing is Buzz Aldrin's punch: (Juicy part at 1:33.)

That's some neat nVidia tech, too. I'd like more simulations, like this one, done with the tech.

What, you think conspiracy theorists will accept this? It doesn't prove what they want to believe is true, and they have a depressing tendency to only accept evidence that does.

Not gonna stop them. Sadly, the conspiracy theory nonsense surrounding the moon landings has taken on a life of its own. They will keep cherry picking evidence, ignoring logical holes in their own ideas and keep feeding their own biases. It's a sad, unavoidable fact.

I will say this on a more positive note however. Now there's a PR-gig I can get behind!

Indeed...this proof won't demonstrate the moon landing's validity to nutjobs any more than actually sticking them in a rocket and taking them there would. Loonies gonna loon, and all that.

Hairless Mammoth:
The only thing necessary to shut up conspiracy theorists about the moon landing is Buzz Aldrin's punch: (Juicy part at 1:33.)

You should also mention, the judge ruled that it was self defence when Buzz got taken to court for that.

Moments like that remind me that this planet is worth living on sometimes.

Please, we all know the moon landing was faked. But thanks to the spaceship we picked up from Roswell, we managed to fake it... ON THE MOON! THAT'S why it looks so real!

I was going to make a joke about Challenger running an AMD card but that would be in entirely bad taste so I won't.

Nvidia confirmed to be anti-Gamergate :P

In all seriousness, this is good. Then again, I doubt even the most compelling piece of evidence you could hope to bring to light would change the minds of the crazies.

Uratoh:
Indeed...this proof won't demonstrate the moon landing's validity to nutjobs any more than actually sticking them in a rocket and taking them there would. Loonies gonna loon, and all that.

Sending crazies to the moon in a rocket? Hell, let them go without suits; they're obviously just props after all.
Then again, violent decompression almost sounds too good for them...

It's insulting for those armchair pseudo-scientists to denounce one of humanity's greatest achievements just because they need to fuel some anti-establishment agenda.

Didn't the Mythbusters do something similar years ago, only with practical set effects?

Pretty sure their findings have done nothing to dissuade the loons who still believe the moon landing was faked.[1]

Regardless, that was a pretty cool demonstration of render tech.

[1] Last I heard upwards of 20% of US residents believe it was faked. Fuck, is that depressing.

KaZuYa:
I was going to make a joke about Challenger running an AMD card but that would be in entirely bad taste so I won't.

I probably shouldn't respond because, I also agree jokes about aircraft disasters are usually in poor taste. However my understanding of GPUs is that a craft burning up due to overheating would be aligned with nvidia and AMD would be aligned with a space program with no drivers like ORION that never got off the ground.

They have been constantly proving that the moon landing was real since we landed on the moon. If they couldn't convince the conspiracy theorists then, this won't do it.

It is a pretty cool tech demonstration though.

I just don't understand the psyche of a conspiracy theorist. I mean, give them all the concessions, admit that everything they say is true; what does it change? Nothing. The only possible payoff they could possibly have is feeling smug about 'knowing' more than other people. All these assholes who harp nonstop about illuminati or whatever never have a plan for what they're actually going to DO about it.

So I have a theory: Conspiracy theorists are themselves a conspiracy! Paid government agents sent out to convince stupid people that the government have things so under control that voting is pointless. Then they can just re-elect incumbents over and over again!

O.T. Bravo to Nvidia for adding more evidence to the pile but frankly I'd rather they just spent the time making my video card stop crashing when I play TF2 rather than indulge those idiots.

(As an academic, pseudoscience of any sort rustles my jimmies something powerful)

The fact that this still has to be "proven" is depressing.

Truman: What's that? Photo manipulation isn't good enough to fake the moon landing yet? Invent NASA and tell them to get off their fannies!

Johnson McGee:
So I have a theory: Conspiracy theorists are themselves a conspiracy!

Sadly, in many cases, this appears to be the truth.

Objectable:
Please, we all know the moon landing was faked. But thanks to the spaceship we picked up from Roswell, we managed to fake it... ON THE MOON! THAT'S why it looks so real!

Someone else watches SF Debris it seems :)

Eh, I don't bother reading other people's comments, so I'll just assume nobody has said this yea

Saying it "silence some conspiracy theorists who believe the event was faked"...this is not going to happen.

Johnson McGee:
So I have a theory: Conspiracy theorists are themselves a conspiracy! Paid government agents sent out to convince stupid people that the government have things so under control that voting is pointless. Then they can just re-elect incumbents over and over again!

Apparently the KGB was supposed to egg conspiracy theorists on to discredit the US and its allies. Mind you, that's the sort of thing the KGB would want to do and everyone knows they had the resources for, so it might not count as a conspiracy theory.

Also...why should anyone care about most of these conspiracies? They are usually less worrying than things we know the US/others do that nobody really cares about. The invasion of Iraq was based on lies...everyone knows this, but people don't seem too fussed.

Hang on. Why would Armstrong set the camera to a lower f stop if he wanted to underexpose the image to prevent the sun from ruining it? In that case he would set it to a higher f stop, not lower.

Or did you mean he used a lower exposure value, and Nvidia were artificially increasing this value in their simulation?

Shamanic Rhythm:
Hang on. Why would Armstrong set the camera to a lower f stop if he wanted to underexpose the image to prevent the sun from ruining it? In that case he would set it to a higher f stop, not lower.

Or did you mean he used a lower exposure value, and Nvidia were artificially increasing this value in their simulation?

People not familiar with cameras can often confuse how aperture works. I've met journalists who were just starting out doing photojournalism who had trouble with it too.

Objectable:
Please, we all know the moon landing was faked. But thanks to the spaceship we picked up from Roswell, we managed to fake it... ON THE MOON! THAT'S why it looks so real!

Fake the footage of the fake moon landing, on the moon? What if people found out?

Vigormortis:
Didn't the Mythbusters do something similar years ago, only with practical set effects?

Pretty sure their findings have done nothing to dissuade the loons who still believe the moon landing was faked.[1]

Regardless, that was a pretty cool demonstration of render tech.

They did and it was a good episode.

[1] Last I heard upwards of 20% of US residents believe it was faked. Fuck, is that depressing.

Sooooo proving a picture wasn't faked by making an exact, realistic fake picture?

*hands conspiracy theorists some gasoline for their fire.

The problem with Conspiracy theorists is that they don't care about the conspiracy, they care about the feeling they get from "knowing" the truth and other people not. They defend that feeling and fact doesn't matter if doesn't line up with their feelings. 9/11 truthers, Moon Landing, and Jfk shooting. I mean Oliver Stones dumb movie JFK is still a problem because it asserted so much BS as fact that reignited the conspiracy theorists because Oliver Stone knowingly lied about facts surrounding JFK assassination so his movie could be dramatic. But conspiracy theorists don't care they have their feeling now.

Makabriel:
Sooooo proving a picture wasn't faked by making an exact, realistic fake picture?

*hands conspiracy theorists some gasoline for their fire.

I don't think you know what the word 'fake' means. A fake is something not real intended to deceive. This is a simulation.

tippy2k2:
Sure it is NVIDIA...

or should I say SECRET US GOVERNMENT AGENCY!!!!!!!?

I've been saying for years that NVIDIA was actually a secret government project designed to get into your computers and hack everything and here's my proof! I didn't think NVIDIA would just hand over the proof this easy but I guess they expected us non-sheeple to not realize their mistake.

Fools! Now I must be going, I'm almost out of tin foil and my hat is getting banged up a bit. Don't want the aliens reading my thoughts, am I right?!?

N stands for National and VIDIA is just Video in illuminator. Its NationalVideo. of course its a government agency!

Denamic:

Makabriel:
Sooooo proving a picture wasn't faked by making an exact, realistic fake picture?

*hands conspiracy theorists some gasoline for their fire.

I don't think you know what the word 'fake' means. A fake is something not real intended to deceive. This is a simulation.

the idea here is that if Nvidia can easily create an identical picture accurately on a single GPU that fits in a large coat pocket, who is to say government with millions of resources could not create identical picture as well?[1]

[1] i dont actually believe in the conspiracy, but i can see how this can give conspiracy supporters actually fuel rather than disprove it

I think I'm the only one who recognises that this is a clever form of advertisement, advertising the new Maxwell Architecture. Or is this where everyone goes to, to shove opinions on stupid matters... oh wait a minute.
(edit: oh theirs one person, thats nice)

Strazdas:

Denamic:

Makabriel:
Sooooo proving a picture wasn't faked by making an exact, realistic fake picture?

*hands conspiracy theorists some gasoline for their fire.

I don't think you know what the word 'fake' means. A fake is something not real intended to deceive. This is a simulation.

the idea here is that if Nvidia can easily create an identical picture accurately on a single GPU that fits in a large coat pocket, who is to say government with millions of resources could not create identical picture as well?[1]

Of course they could do it. Anyone with high-end 3D modeling software and the knowhow could. This is nvidia taking on a project for publicity while showing off their hardware and software. Also, I'm not sure why you're replying to me with this because I never said anything related to what you replied with.

[1] i dont actually believe in the conspiracy, but i can see how this can give conspiracy supporters actually fuel rather than disprove it

I must be misunderstanding this. They "proved" the moon landing was authentic... by proving that such a picture could be faked?

Pyrian:

Johnson McGee:
So I have a theory: Conspiracy theorists are themselves a conspiracy!

Sadly, in many cases, this appears to be the truth.

Noone seems to know what the actual effect of conspiracy theories are - I've given it a lot of thought and I don't know either. The conspiracy theorists themselves never offer any explanation for why they do what they do.

It just makes little sense to me. The wealthy in the world do terrible things systematically, the modern political system is designed to promote them at the expense of everyone else, so why on top of the reality which is already starkly horrible is the fiction invented that they are "alien lizards"? What, the truth is too boring?

Is that what's happening? Are we as a culture so deep in fiction that we construct fictional metaphors to explain reality rather than just state the non-fiction reality? Are people so scared of the powers-that-be that they feel SAFER explaining the world in fictional metaphor than straightforwardly non-fictional?

In times past myths served a real purpose - to teach people reality on a deeper level than could be stated non-fictionally - they got around the limits of non-fiction. Great fiction, aka great art, still does this - Dark Souls and Nyan Cat are two examples. Is that why conspiracy theories became popular in the 1990s - at the precise time of global computerization and the popularization of the internet? In other words, when non-fiction became unavoidable due to ubiquitous communication conspiracy theories stepped in as a kind of death rattle of mythology?

Are we in a post-mythological age? When anyone can correct anything on the internet, are the only people who can construct mythologies doomed to be buffoons - debunked by the stark realism of the information age?

Or are our mythologies simply becoming deeper and more complex, moving to areas not fully explored by modern culture and science. Like Slenderman. Slenderman amazes, fascinates, confuses, because we feel like we should understand him but we just can't quite grasp it, just as Slenderman's angelic form and business suit show a being between worlds, between earth and heaven, and excluded from both. If heaven had mythology Slenderman might be just as terrifying to them - the in-between angel, the being pulled in two directions at once, belonging nowhere, his home as blank as his face.

That's cool and all, but some people just can't be convinced... freakin' nutters. If the Mythbusters couldn't change their minds, do you think this will?

DeimosMasque:

Objectable:
Please, we all know the moon landing was faked. But thanks to the spaceship we picked up from Roswell, we managed to fake it... ON THE MOON! THAT'S why it looks so real!

Someone else watches SF Debris it seems :)

High five to my fellow SF Debris fans! ^_^

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