Originally posted by coldangel_1:
Now... I'm not sure, but is this an indication that the writers subscribe to the notion that the Apollo moon landings were faked, and that the lander was put on the moon after the fact in order to stand as 'evidence' of the moon landing?
Nope, it's a reference to the fact the ascent module (lander) returned to orbit with Armstrong and Aldrin, leaving only the descent module (landing legs) on the Moon. The lander was left orbiting the Moon and eventually crashed somewhere. By having the Historical Sticklers Society return the lander to the site, the writers left a pre-emptive response to any "historical sticklers" that might have asked why the top half of the lunar lander was still in place.