Rick Mastracchio is a NASA veteran who has flown three space shuttle missions (Atlantis, Endeavour and Discovery) and also served as a flight engineer for the Russian Soyuz mission aboard the International Space Station.
But apparently on Twitter, that doesn’t matter.
Last night Mastracchio tweeted out this spellbinding photo of the moon passing by the Earth, as seen from a NASA observatory in deep space:
Rather than simply marveling at the majesty, however, many users tried to convince Mastracchio that the image was a fake, even claiming that NASA’s original 1969 moon landing had been Photoshopped (never mind that Photoshop didn’t exist until 1988):
One brave soul defended the photo’s interstellar artistry:
To his credit, Mastracchio didn’t respond to any of the trolls. But he learned the hard way that this is what happens when you engage on a social network where users tell Pope Francis to read the Bible.