This resulted in tons of well-meaning people calling those people idiots.
That resulted in other well-meaning people calling the idiot-callers idiots.
That resulted in me spending two hours figuring out for myself whether the photo is "fake" or not. [SPOILER: Turns out it's fake. (Seriously, it's "fake." Bear with me here...)]
Long story short: it's a panorama made up from multiple images. And the multiple images have all had their cross-hairs edited out to make it more attractive. And the color balances of many of the photos have been altered to make the panorama flow together more smoothly, and thus be more attractive.
1) that the image in question is a panorama stitched from multiple photos
2) that the astronaut taking it was simply standing in one spot and rotating around taking photos.
It explains the inconsistent shadows, as well as having the neat distinction of being assembled by a non-NASA amateur, from photos that are publicly available on the web. If you click through to Apollo 17 on The Apollo Archive you'll find a metric crap-ton of images like the following:
You'll notice that this is the portion of the picture showing the lunar module and astronaut, with cross-hairs intact. If you were so inclined, you could download all those images and run them through whatever panorama software you have lying around and could end up with exactly the same compositions.
So, there you have it. I have absolutely no doubt that the scenario described in the photo happened as NASA claims it did, but I have proven that the photo was very significantly edited in the process.
Turns out that everyone was right. And it's everyone that is the idiot.
Frustrated with the epic suckiness of Gallery2 photo album.
Looked into Zenphoto, and it seemed like a great solution. Sadly, Eye-Fi does not support directly uploading pics to it, which is something I can no longer live without. It doesn't take long at all to get used to your pictures magically showing up online; manually transferring them from my camera to computer to internet makes me feel like Elijah Wood in <i>Back to the Future II</i>. ("You have to use your HANDS? It's like a BABY's toy!")
Being a total nerd, I quickly thought up a solution to this problem. After photos upload to Gallery2 they live in a specific directory on the server. Albums are even sub-directories within said directory. Zenphoto can monitor a directory for new photos, pulling albums from subdirectories. SO, my solution was to use Gallery2's directory as Zenphoto's 'incoming' directory. Now when I turn on my camera within range of my Wi-Fi, it uploads them to my Gallery2 installation, and then the photos magically show up in my Zenphoto installation as well. Sadly Zenphoto is much more limited in the things it can do and thus is not the magical-happyland solution I was expecting, leaving me with two concurrent sub-par photo albums. But at least they're in sync, so if one of them becomes less sucky at some point it will be easy enough to pick it over the other.
For those who want to see the difference, <a href="http://pics.nyquil.org">pics.nyquil.org</a> is the Gallery2 version, while <a href="http://photos.nyquil.org">photos.nyquil.org</a> is Zenphoto.