July 20th, 1969 – The day humans made a historical achievement of landing on the moon. An estimated 530 million TV viewers watched as the astronauts took their first steps on the moon and planted an American flag. As some people mark 50 years since this spectacular event, others feel like it has been 50 years since the US government managed to pull off an impressive hoax to the entire world.
So, who’s right? Is it possible that Neil Armstrong and his team of engineers and scientists played fiddle on us? Let’s find out.
Nasa Faked Footage
Conspiracy theories argue that NASA staged the moon landing and instead filmed the event in a studio. Critics point out tell-tale signs on the photos and footage that give the game away. Here are some reasons skeptics gave and NASA’s defense.
The Moon Landing Was Staged Because the Flag Looks Like It’s Flipping in the Wind
The American flag in the still pictures from Apollo 11 mission appears like it is flapping in the wind, yet there is no wind on the moon.
NASA defended this by explaining that the flag wasn’t an ordinary one. Had the astronauts planted a regular flag on the moon, it may have appeared to hang slack since there is no wind on the moon. It wouldn’t have been an appealing photograph. That is why they designed special flags for astronauts to carry during the six Apollo missions.
Moon Landing Didn’t Happen Because You Cannot See Armstrong’s Camera
In one of the pictures from the event, you can see Armstrong reflected in Aldrin’s visor. Skeptics pointed out that Armstrong doesn’t appear to be holding a camera, which means someone else might be taking the picture.
According to NASA, Armstrong couldn’t walk around the moon with a regular camera. Considering the weight of his suit, this wouldn’t be an easy feat. Therefore, he needed something easy to manipulate. That is why Armstrong’s camera was mounted at the front of his suit. It is where his hands are as seen in the reflection.
The Moon Landing Is a Scam Because You Can’t See the Stars
How come there weren’t any stars in the images NASA took?
Here is their defense: All the exposures on the moon that astronauts experience are daylight exposures. The surface is brightly illuminated from the sun. Also, the clothes that the astronauts are wearing are bright white, which means they are incredibly reflective. Thirdly, the exposure of the astronaut’s cameras was too short to capture the stars.