Discuss Conspiracies and Cover Ups - e.g. 9/11 Truth, JFK Assassination, New World Order, Roswell, Moon Hoax, Secret Societies, etc. whatever conspiracy floats your boat.
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The Moon landing hoax refers to the belief of a small, but persistent, percentage of people who think that the Apollo Moon landings of the late 60s and early 70s were propaganda films produced by NASA in pursuit of embarrassing the USSR in the Cold War.
Some believe that humans never went to space at all, save for perhaps low orbital flights, while others think we may have eventually succeeded, but the original claims dating to July 20, 1969 of a Moon landing were false.
In the US, the Moon landing hoax claim was originated by libertarian writer Bill Kaysing with his 1976 book We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle. It is a shame Kaysing is mostly remembered for that, because he also wrote some great books on sustainable living, privacy, hot springs, homelessness and other topics. It has since reached the level of being a pop-culture meme, much in the way JFK assassination theories are, and has been referenced in a number of works, from a Rammstein music video to a Red Bull TV commercial. Nevertheless, true believers are limited to the ranks of die-hard conspiracy theorists, and, outside the United States, belief in it is usually correlated with general anti-US sentiment.
hmm, no smoke without fire...
and the Cold War and deep psychological need for US exceptionalism don't count for anything?
how about wireflashes, risks of failure, technical impossibility (size and power of rocket, protection required, radiation from solar flares and the van Allen belt, calculating docking rendezvous perfectly), fake moon rocks that don't match genuine unmanned probe samples, strange studio lighting artifacts, no stars in any pic whereas probes show stars, backdrop hills that look exactly like hills in Hawaii, accelerations and decelerations that are clearly impossible in science and engineering, magic movie cameras that 'flip up' with a remote when LEMs take off, staged photos that couldn't take place with cameras mounted on chests with no viewfinder, 250F heat that would fry camera film, not enough battery capacity in suits or the LEM to actually run air-conditioning, the lunar rover can't actually fit in the LEM when you look at the plans, the hatchway from the LEM base and the ascent module is too small to get through in a spacesuit, there isn't enough room to move in the cockpits with a suit, Mike Collins' crazy slip-up in post-mission interview, the so-called astronauts' clear evasion today, blue-coloured oxygen-rich skies while supposedly travelling in deep space, flipping water all over the cockpit in zero G on the live mission that could jeopardise instrumentation, taking hammers to the moon (why would you?), no tyre-tracks around the rover in many pics, no blast crater or disturbance whatsoever under the 'lander', potentially pics of one mission seen on the foot of the LEM on another mission(?), flags clearly waving in the breeze in footage, the same identical footage of one rover excursion while going in both directions, missing landers in pics (moved with cranes), artifacts of light bulbs in the sun in computer analysis, appearance of ScotchLite screen imperfections in computer analysis, and so on and so forth. all part of the US imperial hegemony project and a grand deception.
Interesting that Kaysing wrote other very cogent, intelligent and worthwhile books, this one was no exception.
It was also referenced in a James Bond movie at the time, then later in Capricorn One.
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