Render a man unto the Moon

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Mar 22, 2006
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BABlog reader Fernando Rodriguez at San Luis Potosí, México, pointed out to me an image (via digg.com) of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon... sorta. It's actually an amazingly rendered computer graphic by Andrea Bertaccini, obviously a very talented computer artist. I could tell right away it was fake; on the real one you can see lunar dust all over Aldrin's suit. There are other telltale signs. Can you figure them out? The comments on digg.com have lots of hints, and a side-by-side comparison of the real image and the artwork.

The computer image was posted on the CG Society of Digital Artists forum, and in fact they have a huge number of incredibly cool images there. Go take a look.'