Friday, 8 July 2011

The Moon Landings: A Hoax Or An Amazing Feat?

I have always been interested in space travel. This is written as a simple explanation to some of the crazy theories

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo missions there are many who still believe them to be a hoax.  Conspiracy theories have always been popular and this is one of the biggest.
The landings become even more incredible as we look back at the technological limitations of the time, with computers far less powerful than the mobile phones we have today.
Yet with 9 missions to the moon and six successful landings that would be a well over done lie. These are the main theories broken down into sections.

They couldn't reach the Moon

The idea that the moon was unreachable stands little scrutiny. The Gemini missions had already extended the time humans could spend in space. The Russians had also sent a probe which reached the moon, indeed it crashed into it after taking a few close up pictures. This was in 1959. Having led the space race for years, the USSR would have been the first to say what NASA did was impossible. As the Cold War was a prime motivator in the space race, the Soviets could have won a great moral victory in exposing a hoax.
The development of the Saturn V rocket, which allowed men to reach the moon from Apollo 8 onwards, would also have been a huge waste of money for a hoax. This money could have gone into developing reusable spacecraft such as the Space Shuttle far sooner. This is why the Apollo missions were cancelled in the end, to ensure future space faring.

Missions were unmanned

Some believe the missions were automated by robots because of the radiation astronauts would be exposed to in space. This doesn't fit well alongside the idea that technology wasn't advanced enough. NASA has been open about the trouble Apollo 11 had landing, missing its target and almost running out of fuel. Skilled pilots were needed.
Other ideas are even wackier in saying that extraterrestrial technology had to be involved hence the fake photos. It seems one way to make a conspiracy theory plausible, is to stick a crazier one on top.

Fake Pictures 

Not many people have had chances to take a photo on the Moon, but many believe they're experts in the field. Professional independent groups who have studied the photos agree the photos fit what might be expected in those conditions. With the lack of atmosphere and extra light reflected from earth, objects and shadows will look different.

Landings were shot on a set

The landing videos show how lunar dust that was kicked up went high due to the low gravity and settled immediately due to a lack of air. On earth they would have formed momentary dust clouds. Videos also show that the flag was still, not moving as pictures might suggest. The ripple in the fabric is a result of its folding during transport. A rod held the flag in place for visual purposes.


Apollo 13


A near disaster when an explosion almost killed three astronauts during flight.  Both Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes would have had to be willing to let their wives and kids believe that they were likely going to die. Children don't make good conspirators, but any of the  people in on the conspiracy would have had to have lied to their families and not shown the strain. Having to pretend for the rest of their lives to be proud of a fake accomplishment.
The greatest evidence against a conspiracy is the sheer number of participants who would have to have been involved. An estimated 400,000 people helped to get man on the moon. That would require a lot of bribes and a lot of trust in people’s dishonesty. Not many people could imagine taking such a lie to their death. For example Jack Swaggert on the near fatal Apollo 13 mission, died later of cancer, making no revelation of foul play.
Of course the great success and real purpose of such conspiracy writing is the money it generates. Yet how so many people prefer to believe mankind failed and lied, rather than achieved a great thing is perhaps the greatest mystery of all.

For a more in depth look into why the conspiracy theories are nonsense I found this to be a fantastic page.

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BennyS said...

Good article. I can't believe people still doubt the landings.

wanderb said...

I met a photographer once who had met Buzz Aldrin personally. The photographer told me that there was something in Buzz’s eyes when he talks about the moon that cannot be faked. Based on that alone, the photographer said that he believed Buzz had been to the moon.

alicebluegown said...

they will think what ever is suggested to them...TY

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