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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Moon Landing Conspiracy

The first book about the subject, Bill Kaysing’s self-published We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle, was released in 1974, two years after the Apollo Moon flights had ended. The Flat Earth Society was one of the first organizations to accuse NASA of faking the landings, arguing that they were staged by Hollywood with Walt Disney sponsorship, based on a script by Arthur C. Clarke and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Folklorist Linda Degh suggests that writer-director Peter Hyams’s 1978 film Capricorn One, which depicts a hoaxed journey to Mars in a spacecraft that looks identical to the Apollo craft, may have given a boost to the hoax theory’s popularity in the post-Vietnam War era. She notes that this happened during the post-Watergate era, when American citizens were inclined to distrust official accounts. Degh writes: “The mass media catapult these half-truths into a kind of twilight zone where people can make their guesses sound as truths. Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance”. In A Man on the Moon, published in 1994, Andrew Chaikin mentions that at the time of Apollo 8′s lunar-orbit mission in December 1968, similar conspiracy ideas were already in circulation.

Claimed motives of the United States and NASA

Those who believe the landings were faked give several theories about the motives of NASA and the United States government. The three main theories are below.

The Space Race

The US government deemed it vital that it win the Space Race against the Soviet Union. Going to the Moon would be risky and expensive, as exemplified by John F. Kennedy famously stating that the United States chose to go because it was hard.
A main reason for the race to the Moon was the Cold War. Philip Plait states in Bad Astronomy that the Soviets—with their own competing Moon program and a formidable scientific community able to analyze NASA data—would have cried foul if the United States tried to fake a Moon landing, especially since their own program had failed. Proving a hoax would have been a huge propaganda win for the Soviets. Bart Sibrel responded, “the Soviets did not have the capability to track deep spacecraft until late in 1972, immediately after which, the last three Apollo missions were suddenly canceled.”
However, the Soviets had been sending unmanned spacecraft to the Moon since 1959, and “during 1962, deep space tracking facilities were introduced at IP-15 in Ussuriisk and IP-16 in Evpatoria, while Saturn communication stations were added to IP-3, 4 and 14″, the latter having a 100 million km range. The Soviet Union tracked the Apollo missions at the Space Transmissions Corps, which was “fully equipped with the latest intelligence-gathering and surveillance equipment”. Vasily Mishin, in an interview for the article “The Moon Programme That Faltered” (Spaceflight, March 1991, vol. 33, 2-3), describes how the Soviet Moon program dwindled after the Apollo landings.

Funding

It is claimed that NASA faked the landings to forgo humiliation and to ensure that it continued to get funding. NASA raised about US$30 billion to go to the Moon, and Bill Kaysing claims that this could have been used to “pay off” many people.[23] Since most conspiracists believe that sending men to the Moon was impossible at the time, they argue that landings had to be faked to fulfill President Kennedy’s 1961 promise: “achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”.[16] Others have claimed that, with all the known and unknown hazards,[24] NASA would not have risked the public humiliation of astronauts crashing to their deaths on the lunar surface, broadcast on live TV.

Vietnam War

It is claimed that the landings helped the US government because they were a popular distraction from the Vietnam War; and so manned landings suddenly ended about the same time that the US ended its role in the Vietnam War.

 Moon Landing Hoax Claims

Main Categories of the Moon Landing Hoax claims
  • Number of people involved
  • Photograph and film oddities
  • Environment
  • Mechanical issues
  • Transmissions
  • Missing data:
    - Tapes
    - Blueprints
  • Technology
  • Deaths of NASA personnel
  • Stanley Kubrick involvement
Primary source of this post: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All Images Curtsey of NASA

A Small Selection of the Apollo Program Photos…
Can you spot any oddities?

Conspiracists devote much of their efforts to examining NASA photos. They point to oddities in photographs and films taken on the Moon. Photography experts (even those unrelated to NASA) answer that the oddities are what one would expect from a real Moon landing, and not what would happen with tweaked or studio imagery.
Example:
It seems the moving Rover does not leave any tracks behind (see close-ups below)…
No tracks before and after the wheel?

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 1NOYOUDONT September 20, 2013
um, the fact that the radiation in space at the least not even considering the van allen belt would over expose any film of pictures taken. why do so many people not only ignore the van allen belt but excuse it as a non piece of information…. hello… van allen belt. do some dang research on it.
2Shamsul Ahsan September 14, 2013
Why these disbelief? NASA should explain all these.
3bill heaney September 13, 2013
The Van Allen Belt’s radiation would fry any living thing passing through it. No Soviet scientist believed they walked on the moon, and many have been freed to voice their opinions since the break up of the Union, and none has. NASA knows there is a controversy over the landing, and they could have ended by showing the foot prints of the astronauts on later moon studies, and they have not.
 4Helen Parks July 19, 2013
All the above reasons are correct
HOWEVER – they DID land on the moon – knowing what was there and circumventing the public having that knowledge.
There was no way they wanted the public to see what they already knew would be seen
Creating a movie version was the simple way around the problem.
On the other side of the moon are clearly seen mining operations and tracks of mining plant. Even what appears to be runes on boulders.
An ex NACA (before its was NASA) employee whose job it was to collate the photographs had kept a large number of pertinent pictures. He wrote a book The Men In The Moon in around 1973 or so. A few years later he did become a Senator and I have been trying to find his name ever since I lent the book and never got it back.
There are many instances of strange happenings regarding this moon we have – such as ringing like a gong for many long minutes after being experimented with.

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