The moon landing has come into question as being one of the greatest conspiracies pulled off by the American government. It’s not a secret that we have had some serious foul play while the government has existed, however, the moon landing is not one of them.
This article aims to debunk the central arguments of moon landing conspiracy theorists claiming it was fake, and it is part of a series by Beth Halligan’s “Subject Series.”
This post is brought to you by anger, competitiveness, and trying to prove Beth wrong despite my own beliefs.
The first moon landing – Apollo 11
The first moon landing happened in 1969 on the 20th of July, otherwise known as the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michal Collins set off on an exploration to the moon 4 days prior to the landing, on the 16th of July. The aim of the Apollo 11 mission was to “land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.”
The arguments that have become the most believed have been those of the waving flag, the stars (or lack of), and the cold war. I will very briefly and concisely wrap up the arguments made against these theories.
That damned flag…
One of the central arguments of the moon landing being faked is the waving flag. Because “duh, there is no air in space!” I know. I know there isn’t. However, there is movement in space. You can move, can’t you? Well they can also move the flag.
When Armstrong went to set down the flag, of course he was moving it, just like he is (very slowly) moving, just because there is a lack of air does not mean that objects cannot move. The flag is not waving in the wind; it’s just staying in the position that it was in when it was taken out of the spacecraft.
It is as simple as that.
Where are the stars?
Another great argument has been, where are the stars? Well, is it so great, after all? I don’t think so. Let me explain to you why, with science, we can’t see the stars in the moon-landing photo.
“The reason why no or very little stars can be seen is because of the Earth. The Earth, when lit by the Sun, is many thousands times brighter than the stars around it. As a result, the Earth is so bright that it swamps out most if not all of the stars.” – David Latchman, B.Sc. Physics, University of the West Indies
Also according to Physicslink “The reason that the stars do not show up on the film is that the stars are so dim that the camera cannot gather enough of their light in a short exposure.”
If it had been faked, wouldn’t it have been so easy to simply put up some glowing star stickers on the apparent black screen? Thank you, next.
Why the moon?
The moon landing happened out of Kennedy being a little baby and having a space race with Russia. Yes, the incredible moment of “one small step for man one giant leap for mankind” happened out of yet another (very good looking) white middle-aged man wanting to assert his power and authority.
There was little interested from the American public to actually go ahead and explore the moon, in fact, only 53% of Americans thought the government spending on the Apollo mission was justified. It may not seem like a lot, but hey, even less than that voted for Brexit and here we are in this mess.
But had the moon landing been faked, it would have had to fool not only the American public, but the Soviet Union as well. An interview with the son of Nikita Khrushchev proves that he was just as convinced as the rest of the world that the moon landing had happened.
Since the moon landing, there has been nothing but theories that try to disprove the event. Whilst other conspiracies make sense due to leaked information, whistle-blowers, and confessions, the moon-landing, despite some fluke-y incidences has no real proof.
I would also like to point out that the culture of paranoia and conspiracies began in the 1960s, which has led to many conspiracy theories coming to life. This does not make them true, nor does it necessarily make them wrong.
You can read Beth’s post on why the moon-landing really didn’t happen on her blog