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Moon Landing Hoax Theory

Updated on June 4, 2014

Was the Moon Landing Faked?

Conspiracy theorists argue that NASA's Apollo moon missions were faked, they present some interesting information and theories which are explored here. Examine the evidence and decide for yourself, was the moon landing a hoax?

 

 

1960's Technology

Was the technology of the late sixties sufficient to deliver men to the moon? At that time digital computers were in their infancy, huge noisy machines that filled rooms with their bulk. The Apollo module would have had less computing power then today's pocket calculators. With little room for error in the millions of calculations needed for a manned moon mission the computers of the day seem questionably adequate.

Battery technology was also much bulkier and less efficient then what we now have. Today a laptop battery provides about 4 hours of use between charges, a cell phone might last a couple of days if not used too much. The Apollo spacecraft would have required a weeks worth of continuous power to vital systems such as communications, navigation, heating and cooling from batteries that would be adding precious weight to the craft.

Timeframe

It was less then ten years after president Kennedy's monumental announcement in 1961 of his desire to put a man on the moon that this amazing mission was supposedly accomplished on July 20, 1969 by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission. Five other Apollo missions also landed astronauts on the Moon, the last one in 1972. These six Apollo spaceflights are the only times humans have ever landed on another world.

It has been 35 years since we last went to the moon, why have we not returned? A NASA estimate in the 1980s projected that it would take up to 20 years to put a man on the moon again.

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Photographic Anomalies

Although NASA say the Apollo astronauts did not bring artificial lighting to the moon, analysis of the numerous photos and video footage taken on the moon indicate multiple light sources. These anomalies can be seen in various shadows and highlights that are inconsistent with each other as well as the natural lighting that would be available on the moon.

For example, in this photo of Astronaut Ed "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. coming down the ladder on the Lunar Module Eagle. The picture was supposedly taken on July 20, 1969 by Neil Armstrong, who, moments before, had just become the first man to step on the Moon. If you observe the shadows on the ground it is clear that the Buzz and the Lunar Module itself should both be in shadow, however they are clearly illuminated. Is the proof in these details?

Photographic Evidence Analysis

Photo image expert, Dr. David Groves, concludes that the Apollo 11 photos allegedly taken on the moon were staged.

Astro-nots on Wires

Video evidence suggests that the Apollo Astro-Nots achieved the look of walking on the moon with the assistance of suspension wires and slow motion playback.

The Van Allen Radiation Belt

The Van Allen Radiation Belt is a torus of energetic charged particles (plasma) around Earth, held in place by Earth's magnetic field. Energetic electrons form two distinct radiation belts, while protons form a single belt. Within these belts are particles capable of penetrating about 1 g/cm2 [2] of shielding (e.g., 1 millimeter of lead, nowhere near what the light weight apollo capsules had). Humans, solar cells, integrated circuits, and sensors can be damaged by radiation and even modern space shuttle flights have not approached these areas. The apollo missions supposedly ventured through these highly radiated areas both traveling to the moon and returning without effect.

How did they film this? - Unmanned Camera Pans and Zooms

Where's the Blast Crater?

You would think that the blast from a 9,870 LB thrust rocket engine would cause a blast crater under an Apollo Lunar Module, not to mention a trench dug out the length of it's approach. Strangely there is no evidence of this on the photos and videos that show the LM neatly sitting on the moon's surface.

How those Astro-nots ever managed any sort of communication with the noise is also a mystery.

This is a demo of a 7500 LB thrust Lox/Methane rocket engine so you can see the raw power and resulting clouds of dust.

The Footage We Weren't Meant to See

Amazing leaked NASA footage shows astronauts in low earth orbit faking filming the earth from space.

Suspicous Astronaut Behavior

Are the Apollo Astronauts simply fed up with confrontations with conspiracy nut jobs or are they trying to hide something?

The last video shows what Buzz Aldren thinks of these conspiracy theories!

Why Fake the Moon Landings?

At the height of the cold war in the sixties much was to be gained in winning the space race. The Space Race was a competition of space exploration between the United States and Soviet Union, which lasted roughly from 1957 to 1975. It involved the efforts to explore outer space with artificial satellites, to send humans into space, and to land people on the Moon.

Though its roots lie in early rocket technology and in the international tensions following World War II, the Space Race effectively began after the Soviet launch of Sputnik 1 on 4 October 1957. The term originated as an analogy to the arms race. The Space Race became an important part of the cultural, technological, and ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Space technology became a particularly important arena in this conflict, both because of its potential military applications and due to the morale-boosting psychological benefits.

It is interesting to note that when the Soviets finally developed the tracking technology to observe American missions to the moon, the program was terminated.

Funny Moon Hoax Video - Just for laughs.

One Small Step? - Were the famous moon landings simulated by NASA?

Bestselling author Gerhard Wisnewski dissects the history of space travel in minute detail, beginning with the first Russian missions in the early 1960s, to the final American moon project of Apollo 17 in 1972, and onwards to the American landings planned in future. Using forensic methods of investigation, he pieces together a complex jigsaw to reveal a disturbing picture of lies, falsifications and simulations. Not only does he cast serious doubt on the possibility of humans ever having landed on the moon, but he also reveals a catalogue of untruths and propaganda in the Cold War struggle for supremacy between the Soviet Union and the USA.

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POLL: DID WE LAND ON THE MOON?

So you've seen some of the evidence, now let us know what you think, did we land on the moon? Vote Now!

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      Neil Arsestrong 2 years ago

      mcspocky lm needs therapy, he is obviously suffering severe brain damage from CIA brainwashing via the TV.

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      asmarterwookie 3 years ago

      First OFF, I believe(d) we did go to the Moon without question..until an hour ago..OMG...watching Moon Machines...Lunar Module...Happened to look up ~40 minutes in. There was a "something" moving in the background in the lunar view that was being filmed, just after a guy with the white beard, Dick Dunne was talking. A whisp of something. Had on TIVO but didn't hit record in time. Rewound it several times before it ran past. It's movement was NOT in sync with any camera pan and was along the "horizon" of the Moon towards the left side of the frame. It was a disconnected movement, I got right up the screen and rechecked several times. No, the LEM did not launch yet..it was just prior to launch and the wisp seemed far away. There is NO whispy, wind driven movement on the Moon. It is right there to see. Just posting because I have known some who have debated this topic. I just want to know what it could have been? After reviewing some of the videos here...I have second thoughts.

      The only thing the wisp could be NOT associated with the conspiracy is a reflection of something inside the LEM or an Alien Ghost...LOL???.

      Thanks, I hope you find it and either debunk it or show that it was "An Earthly Zephyr"

      As far as I'm concerned, a zephyr on the moon would be unequivocal proof they were not on the Moon.

      wook

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @mcspocky lm: Carry on in you fantasy world, you brainwashed idiot. The landings were proven to be fake over 20 years ago, probably before you were even born. According to the Moon landing polls on the Internet, you sir are in the minority.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @soulmate7787: Because they didn't do it 40 odd years ago, and still cannot do it today. Getting a man to the Moon and back is something we shall not see until way, way into the future, even past 2026 when the Apollo files are declassified, and NASA admit they faked the Moon missions. Of course by then everyone involved in the scam will be dead and gone. No one to blame only corpses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @mcspocky lm: I find it hilarious that there are still nutters out there that believe the Apollo fairy story.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Exactly!

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unbelievable...

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We can, we just haven't wanted to.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Awesome post! I hope people read it and learn something. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We can't go to the moon, even today.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @JamesDWilson: Thank you... I'm glad I found some actual facts in here. :)

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The moon landings were NOT faked.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      @soulmate7787: Because the United States didn't want to spend the money. We could have returned to the moon if people had been supporting the program.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      I find it fascinating that people actually believe the moonlanding was a hoax, when actually it is a fact.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Exactly!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @TheGutterMonkey: So now you are depressed because you know the whole Apollo thing was an elaborate hoax. apollotruth.atspace.co.uk

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @eightieschild: Do some research mate before posting silly comments.

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      Interesting lens, but wow, reading the comments, I can't believe that there are still people out there who think the landing was hoaxed?!!

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      soulmate7787 4 years ago

      It they really did it then, why it never happened again? That proves something!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Swiss Doc is 100% right. Take off the tinfoil hats kids.

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      For years I thought the ML's were faked (part of me still does) but after a lot of research I think there is something bigger going on (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH3VFxLafOU) - courtesy of jerw99.

      Pop down a few comments and read what "williams" has posted, it makes great, great sense.

      We won't go back to the moon for a reason, and 'they' aren't going to tell us why. They've even scrapped the spaceshuttle project now. No wonder when it picks up images like the Youtube one above.

      Great lens. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why are people debating on whether the Moon landings were fake or not? It was proven many, many years ago they were all faked, Apollo 8 through to Apollo 17. Where they faked it, why they faked it, Jesus, even people involved with NASA at the time have said they were faked, and the person who faked the pictures has owned up to the fact.

      http://apollofeedback.atspace.co.uk

      Are people today really that gullible, and "out of touch with reality". If they are then that is really scary.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Far cheaper than going to the Moon because as yet scientist's have not found a way to protect astronauts from harmful radiation.

      http://apollofryup.atspace.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: Scientist's were bouncing laser beams off the Moon's surface over 7 years before the fake Apollo Moon landing. There is NO man made laser reflector on the Moon. For crying out loud DO SOME RESEARCH. You could start by looking at http://apollofacts.atspace.co.uk whereby your ridiculous statement is blown straight out the window.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Jesus. What planet are you on?

      http://nasascam.atspace.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Where have you been for the last 30 odd years.

      http://nasascam.atspace.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Must be terrible then.

      http://apollodata.atspace.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: Your suggestion to bounce a laser off of the moon is ridiculous. Reread your post and realize that you are the nutjob...

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      JamesDWilson 5 years ago

      The landings were observed and recorded by radio telescopes all over the world, including the USSR, as it was then. An international team of scientists worked on every stage of the landings. Keeping this 'fake' a secret would be far, far harder than sending a craft to the moon. There wasn't just one moon landing, there were many. Now there are high-resolution images from hubble of the landing site.

      The only people who believe this was a series of hoaxes are cretins with no knowledge of or interest in science, after all, what evidence can you show to persuade some one who does not value evidence?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @trainstorm: no it isn't the russian n1 program was a secret for 30 years so was th manhatten project.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: you can't see the flag on the moon with a telescope.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All these points are perfectly scientifically explainable thus not signs of a hoax.

      Photographic Anomalies:

      The moon illuminates us when we are in earths shadow (Night) hence imagine how much more an astronaut is illuminated when standing in the tiny shadow of the Lunar lander. If you think that shadows swallow photons then how do you expect to see your environment when sitting in your house during the day without the lights on? Surface reflection is not a conspiracy.

      Astro-nots on Wires:

      This claim is lame thus not worth the discussion. Not only astronauts were in lunar gravity but also objects including lunar dust. Impossible to solve with wires and created in a time 30 years before CGI started to look remotely believable.

      The Van Allen Radiation Belt:

      The ISS orbits into the Van Allen Belt 5-6x per day so this myth busts itself. What people don't realize is that the Van Allen Belt actually begins at 200km altitude over south america (South Atlantic Anomaly)

      How did they film this?:

      They used a remote control video camera called the RCA J-Series GCTA

      which was mounted on the Lunar Rover. Ed Fendell who was the camera operator at NASA panned the camera UP 1.2 seconds prior to the predetermined launch time.

      Where's the Blast Crater?:

      All of you expect to see what you have always seen in sci-fi movies. The fact is that the VTOL hardware does not create blast craters as they do in sci-fi movies. Even on earth where gravity is 6x stronger (hence requiring 6x the thrust) you will not see VTOL hardware create a blast crater.

      The long orange rocket exhaust flame you see below rockets on earth or in sci-fi movies in space are NOTt visible in space. Space is a vacuum thus there is no air below the rocket engines to burn. All the burning is done inside the engine due to added oxidizers.

      The loud rocket noise we hear on earth or see in sci-fi movies in space is also not possible in space. The noise from rocket engines does not come from the actual engine, it comes from the exhaust colliding with the air near the engine nozzle. Since space is a vacuum, there is are no air molecules for the exhaust to collide with hence it is silent!

      So yes it is fun to believe in conspiracies but they are only conspiracies to people who did not study or pay attention during science class.

      Regards from Switzerland!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It always cracks me up when people say it was more difficult to fake the moon landings than to actually go to the moon.

      You have absolutely no idea how difficult it is to go to the moon, how incredibly difficult it is.

      You should see the video I made to explain that people like you who think that it was easier to go to the moon than fake the moon landings are incredibly wrong:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ofHReSAstA&amp...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Even if NASA came clean and verified this was all a hoax 85% of the US would still believe we landed there. It would make front page news for one day and move to back pages the next. The odds we went on a half million mile round trip journey to the big cheese are not stacked in NASA's favor to say the least. So, until we return there with the ease of the prior missions or the debris left behind from several missions is clearly detailed I remain a total skeptic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have read other articles on moon landing hoax, or not.

      I don't know, it would be terrible if it is a hoax.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If anybody really knew just how hard it would be to fake the moon landings, they would realize it would be much easier just to go to the moon.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh wow, I never contemplated that it was a hoax ... on some large sound stage in California? Or some studio in the desert. Somebody knows the answer!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "It was less then ten years after president Kennedy's monumental" Please, how can we take arguments against the moon landing seriously when the writer can't seem to figure out the difference between "then" and "than". It was less THAN ten years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "The Apollo module would have had less computing power then today's pocket calculators." First of all, "then" should be "than". Lack of electronic calculators didn't keep the pyramids from being built. The fact that there was less technology then than now doesn't mean it wasn't possible.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here's a new one, why don't people ever look at it this way.

      Only some of the the video was faked, the moon landings were REAL. There was a reason they did not want people to see what was on the moon. This is the real conspiracy. What did they want to hide? Perhaps buildings or ancient high tech? They prefer people arguing about real or fake moon landings because it helps protect a bigger secret.

      Lets step out of the box for a moment. What would YOU do if you knew there was something strange and unbelievable to see on the moon and did not want the world to see. I would do exactly what NASA did... hide it, by faking video. They were reconing something there while the fake video streamed.

      Trust me my friends, at least some of the video was in fact "faked", but the landings were "real" and we may never know what they saw there or why they feel it needs to be kept secret, but I think the moon had been visited before us. As a race we may still be to primitive, self centered and arrogant to consider this possibility just yet. We learned the earth was not flat, later we learned the universe did not revolve around the earth, I think we will also learn that we were not the first to travel into space. If proven true, I believe it will be a tough one for some to swollow.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Fun lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: It would be nice if we could, but sorry, no, we can't see the flag. It's simply too small for earth-based telescopes to resolve, and the Hubble Space Telescope doesn't have the right type of equipment.

      Check here: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-070109a.html

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Quote: "During the descent, the lunar lander would have fired its rocket to slow it down. So, why is there no blast crater on the surface of the Moon? The lander had a very power rocket, capable of 10,000 pounds of thrust. But they didn't need to use all 10,000 pounds of thrust to land the module, in fact they needed only about 3,000 pounds. Concentrated all in one place it should have produced a noticeable crater. But there is no air on the Moon, therefore there is no pressure causing the exhaust gas to go straight down onto a concentrated area. It would have spread out over a wide area. If you calculate the pressure on the surface, it would have been only 1.5 pounds of pressure per square inch; not enough to cause a blast crater."

      http://space.about.com/od/frequentlyaskedquestions...

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i think the moon landing was not a fake because if you use a high-resolution telescope, you will see the flag of the u.s. on the moon. the object is shining. i used to say it was a fake but now, i believe that the moon had been conquered.

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      The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

      Was the moon landing faked? No way. Getting to the moon isn't even a really complicated process (not as complicated as it seems, I mean) it's just a very expensive one!

      It would be great if we'd go back to the moon already (or better yet, go to mars) but it seems the only thing that ever motivates the government to get on this stuff is wars and social conflicts (if it weren't for us trying to beat the Russians, we would have never went to the moon in the first place). Which is depressing. :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Although this "lens" claims to present the evidence so the reader can decide, nearly all of the "evidence" here is written so the reader can reach only one conclusion (the moon landing was faked). This is a poor use of a supposedly educational site.

      The writing is heavily slanted (don't we get that enough from politicians and today's media?) with no "decide for yourself" impartiality. The books referenced are all conspiracy theory doodoo.

      Yes, there are 3 links - and note, please, they are links, not text like the rest of the "evidence" written about above, and Phil Plait is one of the best sources on debunking the moon hoax theory.

      My very serious suggestion to squidoo is to remove this page. Not only is it biased and wrong, but it is not educational. In fact, it does harm.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I love it when hoax nutjobs bring this stuff up. With out even having to address a single piece of their ridiculous claims I like to point out that if they had a sufficiently strong enough laser and proper FAA clearance to point it up into the sky they could shot a laser directly at the moon. The laser, once reaching the moon and given precise enough coordinates, will with out fail bounce of a mirror placed there by astronauts on the moon and return to you on Earth.

      Apparently The Big Bang Theory showcased this in one of their episodes but this has all been public knowledge since the day the mirror was first laid on lunar soil.

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      mogulmedia 5 years ago

      @trainstorm: It would have been easy, only a few actually went up into space! How would any of them actually know of their real whereabouts?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @dannystaple: Dust on the moon is key to understanding the moon landing was faked. Iâm a former Marine Corp repel spy-master, I've spent a fair share of time under various types of aircraft. Trust me with the blast from Lox methane rockets on the moon surface videoing any part of the decent or launch of the Lander would have been imposable.

      Let me help you to understand; Remember the first footprint. Remember how soft and thick the dust seemed to be; Understand that this would be consistent across the entire moon surface so, when the Lander launched off using the Lox Methane Rocket engine a tidal wave of dust would have engulfing the Lander and destroy anything close by.

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      Tillhund 5 years ago

      @PeterStip: I beleive you on to something... LOL

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      There is more proof of man landing on the moon then the existence of a god. Is God a hoax ?

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      trainstorm 6 years ago

      How many thousand people were involved in the Moon landings? Keeping them all quiet would have been impossible.

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      No, I don't think it was faked - too much evidence. But I do suspect that some of the evidence may have been faked as they wished to convince people that it really did happen and didn't think they had enough. Some of the photos are a bit suspicious..

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Umm - not really. When weight is such a factor, and getting back is pretty important, then it would make sense to leave it behind. However - that footage there was documentary footage made later in a studio, not part of the original sequence - so it is not evidence either way.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      There's always conspiracy theories. While this one is kind of fun, I think we really did land there. But perhaps the video didn't turn out well and needed redoing? Maybe a hollywood version would be far less boring than the real thing (a grey barren landscape may have been pretty uninspiring and dull in the end). Try that - the landing was real, but the video is a fake, because the real video wasn't good enough...

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      TechDad 6 years ago

      Besides joking (previous comment) I am very intrigued! I noticed something in the 'Astro-nots' video. Around 2.28 when the Astronaut is seemingly gets up off the ground Matrix-style, something drops from his suit. And it seems to drop at 'normal' speed? And that NASA reel where they obviously fake a far away earth shot from within the space craft ... my reaction to that was ... WTF?! How can anyone explain that? Interesting stuff.

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      TechDad 6 years ago

      Now that Transformers 3 is out, we know the truth. We did go to the moon, and there was a cover-up. ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The clincher of evidence is from the camera on the moon following the lander's take-off. Amazing spoof. :)

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      @mythphile: Thanks for taking the time to leave this thoughtful comment, Ive set this module to display more messages so it can stay on the front page longer :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It would be nice if you added a few more options to your poll. Instead of making it a yes or no answer, how about, "I hope not," I don't think so but....,"Or possibly." Frankly I don't know either way.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      @Commandrix: Ok, I wasn't sure if that video really advanced any theories but it's pretty awesome so I added it under the suspicious astronaut behavior section :)

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      Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

      You didn't include that video of Buzz Aldrin belting the ABC gonzo! C'mon, you can't have a moon hoax Lens without it! Get an eyeful here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUI36tPKDg4

      LOL.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, do you know what would be the cost of faking the Moon landings? Not just to make pictures but to keep mouths shut!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a well presented lens! I too saw the Mythbusters episode on the moon landing which Greek mentions below. So I gotta say I don't think it was faked.

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      Amazing that most people visiting this lens believe the landing was faked! I believe that the landing was real, but I like the debate and this lens. Blessed.

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      The unmanned camera zoom was hooked to the rover. The technology was up to the task then, especially because they knew in advance exactly where and how fast the craft was going to take off. It was preprogrammed to track so they just had to hit start.

      I haven't had time to look at all of these, but have you seen the photos of the moon landers from space? Not just from the satellite we've put in orbit around the moon in the last year. One of India's spacecraft also photographed one of the Apollo landing sites.

      Of course, now that we've got a satellite orbiting the moon like those on earth, it can take images much like those on Google Maps. Sure enough, even though the spacecraft are pretty small, they're visible. There's even footprints.

      I suppose people will keep arguing and arguing that it's all fake until we go back and trip over the landers, and then they'll claim that they were planted.

      Also check out the Mythbusters special examining the main moon hoax conspiracy theories. The one about the shadows being at different angles? Nope. Uneven terrain. They showed that you can get the effect of multiple light sources very easy with bumpy ground. The wires? Nope. They put a flag in a vacuum and it behaves the same way. A lot of other hoax myths "busted" too.

      Also, one of the Apollo missions left a mirror on the moon. There are a number of lasers powerful enough to bounce off of it. The Mythbusters visited one, and sure enough, when they pointed the laser where the mirror was supposed to be, they got light reflected back in a way that wasn't true elsewhere because the moon's surface is not a mirror.

      Again, one could argue that was faked.

      It just makes no sense to me that the government would be better at covering up a hoax this elaborate than getting men to the moon in the first place.

      Of course, I have the advantage that a lot of my family were astronomers, and my dad's a rocket scientist, so I know the technology worked. It was clunky and simple and expensive as heck, but yes indeed, it was possible then. It was just difficult. (After all, they were doing spacewalks from spacecraft orbiting Earth... the only challenge was getting to the moon, which really isn't that far away.)

      When the funding is there, it can be done. Usually the funding isn't.

      I hope that I'll be able to afford going up in space before I die.

      Anyway. I respect ya, Timewarp, but I think that there conspiracy theorists need to stop looking for a conspiracy here and start celebrating one of the few times our country got its act together enough to do something difficult that wasn't strictly for war (although alas, even then, there was a tactical reason for it).

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Never really thought about it before. Interesting lens! Blessed by an angel :)

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      Spending a lot of time on your lens and on youtube and I still don't know if we have been on the moon or not. What I know is that this is a great lens and that it is worth thinking about.

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      APOLLOREALITY 6 years ago

      With over 79% of forum members claiming it was a hoax, I think it is high time that NASA came out with the truth instead of continually making themselves look ridiculous.

      www.nasascam.bravehost.com

      Check out the above website and ALL the links. The website answers all your questions.

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      bconnor11 7 years ago

      I've always thought that the moon landing was real but this lens really got me thinking. I'm still not sure though...

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I generally am a huge Conspiracy theorists, but not in this case. I am sure we really landed on the moon. Really good presentation of an interesting controversial topic. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

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      sciencefictionn 8 years ago

      Interesting and intriguing lens. I top rated it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've always wondered if the moon landing was faked.

      I think they faked it as a threat.

      If they can build a rocket that will get a man to the moon they they have the technology to launch nukes at the russians.

      Here's a question for you if you like moon mysteries.

      Does the moon exist only when someone is looking at it?

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Oh they landed on the moon all right, no question about that.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

      I watched the landing on TV with my toddlers who never forgot it as they grew up. I refuse to believe that id never happened, Are we getting that cynical?

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      I saw a Documentary on this, it was proved beyond doubt that the landing DID take place. Definitely no hoax, apart from which taking into consideration the amount of personnel involved... someone would have talked. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      The flag blowing in the wind did always bother me.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very illuminating discussion of hoax theories and evidence. You get a 5 from me and an angel blessing. I found this lens thought provoking and will lensroll it to my John Titor lens... another hoax?

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      Jonathan Jenkins 8 years ago

      The Russians were tracking spacecraft quite well in 1959, when their Luna 3 probe took the first pictures of the far side of the moon....

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      The theories are interesting but I feel that man has landed on the moon. It's all fascinating stuff though.

      Mike.

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      I disagree with your premise, but the presentation is great. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Funny stuff. Or maybe it should say, Funny Stuff? Hmmm... I know someone that keeps saying this stuff.

      I guess "the truth is out there." Where's Mulder when you need him?

      Great lens.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      An interesting lens.

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Why do I read your lenses? I end up spending an hour pouring through YouTube stuff. Every single time!!!

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      An interesting read. Thank You. :-)

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Interesting topic and supporting arguments. Nice job!

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Interesting lens. Nice info.

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      N376 9 years ago

      I like the way you have collected and presented the information in this lens. It certainly does give food for thought.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Very amusing lens!

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      Maybe, but because the astronauts were in space orbiting the earth (just a fraction of the distance to the moon) they could still fool the Russians. In fact when the Russians finally developed the technology to track spacecraft the apollo missions stopped.

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      calyxa 9 years ago

      No, the moon landing was not faked. If we had faked it, the Russians would have called us on it. Because the Russians were able to monitor communications between ground control and the astronauts on the moon, they knew it was real.