How Nvidia’s Maxwell GPUs Debunked the Apollo 11 Conspiracy Theory

Why should I care? / August 15, 2014

No, the Apollo 11 moon landing wasn’t a hoax. And we can prove it.

Rather, our game demo team already did. By using Maxwell, our new GPU architecture, to digitally rebuild one of the landing’s iconic photographs – Neil Armstrong’s shot of Buzz Aldrin clambering down the lunar module’s ladder. The photo, taken 45 years ago, shows Aldrin lit against the dark shape of the lunar module behind him. It’s a good shot. Too good, conspiracy theorists claim.Aldrin-Post

Their argument: because the sun is behind the lunar module, and Aldrin is in its shadow, Aldrin must have been lit by something other than the sun. Some auxiliary light source. Maybe in a back-lot studio. Perhaps somewhere in L.A.

Pretty swiftly, our team debunked the debunkers.

Their secret weapon: Maxwell, the new graphics architecture we’re introducing today. We designed Maxwell to solve some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. Maxwell is at the heart of our new GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs, the most advanced GPUs ever made.

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