Letter to Romenesko
From SCOTT LEBAR, senior editor/investigations, Sacramento Bee: Picked up my People mag, looked at the Neil Armstrong picture and was a bit surprised to see a lunar rover. Pretty sure Apollo 11 was a land, walk, get-the-hell-out-of-there kind of mission. The lunar rover didn’t show up on the moon until Apollo 15, if memory serves. One small misstep in photo editing, one giant deceit in imagery.
And the astronaut is…John Young from Apollo 16. Click on this link, hit back to results, shows the gallery. There aren’t many still pictures of Armstrong on the moon, — only one famous one that I know of — mostly because he did most of the picture taking. What you have here is the wrong photograph of one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.
I’m not a space geek and don’t really know the missions that well, but my dad was involved in the program (Stan Lebar died 2009) and he would have been appalled. Me, it’s sloppy journalism on kind of a cosmic scale.