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Moon Mission Conspiracy



 

Conspiracy theories alleging that the U.S. Government used "Hollywood magic" to fake man's trips to the moon.


iRumorMill.com Determination: Unproven

The conspiracy theorists have not been able to prove their findings.

According to a July 14, 2009 article by England's Telegraph, some of the popular questions people who doubt the moon landing ask are:

There is no wind on the moon so why did the American flag wave while the astronauts were putting up? Why do no stars are appear in any of the photos taken by the Apollo astronauts from the lunar surface? Why is no blast crater shown in any of the photos of the lunar landing module? At a weight of 17 tons, why are there no impressions in the sand beneath the lunar landing module, even though the astronaut's footprints are clearly visible? Why to images of the astronauts footprints in the fine lunar dust appears as if they were made in wet sand when there is no moisture or atmosphere on the moon?

Questions like these were raised for a number of reasons, but mainly because the items left behind by astronauts can not be clearly seen from the Earth by telescopes. Also, the lack of eye witnesses because only ten men have walked on the lunar surface, during five different mission that have successfully landed on the moon. These ten men were all NASA astronauts. Thirdly, although remote controlled lunar orbiting vehicles have photographed the landing sites no independent human has been to the moon to confirm the landings took place. 

Amateur astronomers, who gaze at the moon searching for the landing sites on the lunar surface, have a hard time locating the concrete evidence of the equipment left behind on the surface after every moon landing. According to an April 19, 2013
article by Space.com, viewers "won't see anything left behind by the Apollo astronauts, but you can compare the views in your amateur telescope with the published photographs taken by them."

Back in the 1970's conspiracy theorists alleged NASA and the U.S. Government misled the world into believing the all the moon landings actually took place. Some of the tricks belied that they used were making, changing, or destroying photos, radio signals, data from telemetry recorders, and television transmissions.

Apollo 12 landing site

It was not until 2009 NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has sent images of the Apollo moon landing sites.  According to the NASA report, the "pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident." Between July 11 and 15 five of six Apollo landing sites were captured by the  The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC.  The Apollo 12 site was photographed weeks later. 

Apollo 14 landing site

Some conspiracy theorists have a little more zealous in their investigations. The second man to step foot on the moon, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, was repeatedly questioned by a conspiracy theorist, Bart Sibrel, who repeatedly asked Aldrin to swear on the Bible that his moon mission was real. Sibrel's series of questions and encounters bordered on harassment and stalking, and after one too many Aldrin lost his temper and punched Sibrel. The incident was caught on camera and has been a favorite on YouTube

 

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