Even though it was proven time and time again that Armstrong and Aldrin stepped on the moon, there are still plenty of moon landing conspiracy theories, most of them centered around the idea that the whole thing actually happened somewhere in Arizona.
Forty-seven years ago, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed the Apollo lunar module on Earth’s natural satellite. Millions of Americans gathered around their television sets to watch the event live, witness the great scientific progress of NASA.
The people held their breath waiting for the two astronauts to reach the moon, they took in every word when the two recited the checklist before Armstrong uttered the famous “The Eagle has landed” line. However, as most cheered and shed a tear of joy when the man talked about the giant leap, others were busy conceiving moon landing conspiracy theories to shed some darkness over the astronomic success.
The Moving Flag
Some people were cautious before celebrating the arrival of the United States because they noticed that the flag was waving in the wind when Aldrin was fixing it on the natural satellite. While it may look like a trivial concern at first, remember that the moon surface should be as windy as a void, so there was no natural “lunar” phenomenon that could have moved the US symbol.
NASA’s explanation? When Aldrin was planting the stake that harbored the flag he, of course, twisted it a couple of times to make sure that it was deep-rooted in the harsh soil.
There’s No Crater to Mark the Landing
Some skeptics were pointing to the fact that there was no evident mark of the module landing on the surface of the moon. According to them, when the spacecraft landed, a crater should have been created.
NASA’s response? Planes don’t leave craters every time they land. Moreover, the moon’s gravity is lighter, making the process even smoother.
Too Much Light
Moon landing conspiracy theories aficionados tried to argue that the event was staged because the lighting seemed very artistic. The only source of light on the satellite is the sun, but the shades of the two astronauts and the module fell in a diverse pattern, making some believe that additional set lighting was used.
NASA’s response? The terrain of the moon is very erratic, allowing light to fall in various, curious patterns.
Other More Farfetched Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
There are other conspiracy theories that the Apollo 11 module should have reached the moon carrying lifeless cargo since the Van Allen radiation belt can fry humans instantly.
Others discovered a terrain in the Arizona desert that resembled the moon surface, thus presenting compelling evidence that the whole shebang was a fake.
What do you think about all of the moon landing conspiracy theories? Do you think any of them are based on real science?
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