On December 11th, 1972, the Apollo 17 capsule touched down in the Taurus-Littrow highlands of the moon’s surface.  Eugene Cernan, a Navy pilot and the mission commander, and Harrison Schmitt, the first scientist-astronaut to land on the moon, spent the following three days on its rocky surface conducting geological surveys and seismic experiments.  On December 14th, the two men left the moon’s surface to rejoin Ronald Evans in the command module and begin their long journey home.  No human being has set foot on the moon since.

In the years that followed, a small but vocal contingent of conspiracy theorists would claim that the United States never actually reached the moon.  Pseudoscience presented as evidence claimed the pictures to be forgeries, the samples brought back to be fakes, and the brave men that participated in the Apollo missions to be liars.  In one instance, one of these conspiracy theorists accused Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon and a fighter pilot himself, of lying about the missions directly with a camera man to film his response.

And Buzz Aldrin punched him in the face.

Now one German team of scientists intends to silence the rest of the doubters with hard evidence.  The team has partnered with Audi, the German auto manufacturer, to develop a moon lander that will safely deposit their rover, called the Audi Lunar Quattro, within driving distance of the site Apollo 17 astronauts last explored our planetary partner in crime.  The Lunar Quattro will explore the area and send back high definition images and video from the surface, including the lunar rover NASA left behind in 1972.