The black and white photo shows an Apollo spacecraft over the lunar surface. Zooming in on a spot on the left side of the photo reveals what appears to be a formation of bright spots or lights on the lunar surface. The lights are arranged in a manner suggestive of intelligent design or artificial construct, according to conspiracy theorists.
UFO and alien hunters have debated what the apparently artificial light structures could be and a consensus has emerged that they could be the lights of an alien base on the lunar surface.
But some conspiracy theorists suggested they could be satellite-dish-looking structures that have been spotted previously on the lunar surface in other Apollo images.
Secureteam10's Tyler Glockner declared that the light formation was "smoking gun" evidence of alien presence on the Moon and that they could be an array of satellite dishes or similar equipment with reflective surfaces set up by intelligent extraterrestrial beings that beat NASA to the Moon.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the image, and several others that have surfaced since the Apollo program ended, prove the theory that the Apollo astronauts met aliens already on the Moon and found extensive structures of alien origin there.
The Inquisitr reported last week that conspiracy theorists say that hostile aliens escorted the Apollo 17 crew off the lunar surface and warned them not to return.
But the government, according to conspiracy theorists, is covering up the information.
The latest "smoking gun" evidence of an alien base on the lunar surface comes after UFO blogger Scott Waring claimed in April to have obtained "100 percent" evidence that NASA dropped a nuclear bomb on the lunar surface on October 9, 2009, as part of a last ditch effort to destroy an alien base on the Moon considered to be a national security threat.
The rumor that NASA "nuked" an alien base on the lunar surface first emerged in 2012. The rumor died after its premise was ridiculed by skeptics. But Waring claimed last April that he had found evidence that was strong enough to silence skeptics once and for all
He claimed that while reviewing a recording of live footage showing NASA scientists at the Ames Research Center during the alleged nuking, he saw two NASA employees whose faces could be matched readily with faces in a famous photo that first surfaced online in March 2012. The photo purportedly showed two young NASA scientists reviewing a photo of the Cabeus crater just before the alleged bombing took place (click here to read details of the story).
Close-up shots of the photo being reviewed by the NASA scientists showed an artificial structure in the Cabeus crater that the nuclear bomb was meant to hit, conspiracy theorists claimed.
However, some conspiracy theorists have pointed out that NASA did not need to use a nuclear device to destroy the base. The agency merely converted a spacecraft into a kinetic-energy missile that destroyed the offending alien base.
But skeptics have dismissed conspiracy theories about NASA "nuking" or bombarding the Moon with a kinetic weapon to destroy an alien base. According to skeptics, the NASA mission that conspiracy theorists mistook for a Moon bombing mission was in fact the 2009 LCROSS mission in which NASA crashed a spacecraft on the lunar surface.
The purpose was to test for water in the Cabeus crater located in the lunar south pole, according to skeptics.
But UFO hunters responded, saying that the official statement of the purpose of the LCROSS mission served only as a cover for the real secret purpose.
[Image via NASA/Wikimedia/Public Domain]