More than forty years after men first landed on the Moon (July 1969), polling indicates that 6 percent of Americans believe the landings were faked – that they couldn’t have happened.
|Neil Armstrong standing on the Moon July 1969 (Apollo 11 mission)|
These nonbelievers study photographs from the moon missions and see studio fakery. They see a photo of the American flag waving in the vacuum of space and claim fraud. They note the risks of traveling through radiation belts and contend astronauts couldn’t have survived.
If they are correct, it’s all a large conspiracy that would have involved more than 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo project for nearly ten years -- astronauts, scientists, engineers, technicians, and skilled laborers. Can that many people keep a secret?
|Launch of Apollo 11 |
July 16, 1969
It probably would have been much easier to land on the Moon than to generate such a huge conspiracy to fake the landings!
To date, nobody from the United States government or NASA who would have had a link to the Apollo program has said the Moon landings were hoaxes.
And yet they walk among us, the doubters.
So why is it that so many people believe this, and other conspiracy theories? They can't all be paranoid schizophrenics. New studies are providing some eye-opening insights and potential explanations.
If you, like me, are interested in knowing why people get on the bandwagon for any conspiracy theory that comes along, you’ll want to read this Scientific American article that offers some insight.
And for a full discussion on the Moon landing conspiracy theories, and the counter-argument that proves each theory wrong, read this Wikipedia article.
I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts about some of the more well known conspiracy theories that continue to circulate among us!