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Fake News: NOT A View of Earth from The Moon Taken By NASA

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:16:33 Z)

Is this a picture of the Earth taken from the Moon by NASA? No, that's not true: the image is a digital composite by artist Romolo Tavani, it was not taken like this by NASA although it contains elements of various photographs that were taken by NASA.


The picture went viral recently via a Facebook post (archived here) where it was published on July 15, 2019 with a caption that read "A view of Earth from The Moon taken by NASA."

This is what the post looked like:

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/the.world.is.beautiful8/photos/673902316367414

However the original image was rotated 90 degrees and it is described on a stock photo website as "blue earth seen from the moon surface: Elements of this image are furnished by NASA":

Blue Earth Seen Moon Surface Elements stockillustratie 266203424

Blue Earth Seen Moon Surface: Elements of this image are furnished by NASA.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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