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Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?
Reviewed April 8, 2001
On February 15, 2001 (and again on March 21) FOX aired a television
show titled "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?". It claimed
that the Moon landings that took place between 1969 and 1972 were all
an elaborate hoax.
Conspiracy theorists, such as Bill Kaysing and Bart Sibrel, received
the majority of the air time while Brian Welch, the only NASA
spokesperson, was limited to a few poorly edited comments. It was
clear from the start that the show was biased in favour of the
conspiracy theory. After all, on television "ratings" is the name of
the game, and you don't get good ratings telling people that we went
to the Moon.
The sad thing about this show was that it almost sounded believable,
if you don't know much about the Apollo program or physics. Most of
the people in the audience didn't take the time to research Apollo
when the show was over, and that's a major problem. What will future
generations believe? FOX was irresponsible in airing that show. They
even went far enough to accuse NASA of murder.
The simple truth is that twelve people have walked on the Moon. The
evidence supporting this claim is overwhelming. Hoax believers ignore
physical evidence such as the eight hundred pounds of Moon rock brought
back by the astronauts, or the fact that the Russians had the ability to
track the Apollo spacecraft using radar and radio waves. If NASA didn't
go to the Moon, don't you think the Russians would have made a big deal
The supporters of the conspiracy theory can only repeat the same old
"evidence" such as the lack of stars in photographs, or the lack of a
blast crator under the lunar module. Every single claim made during
FOX's conspiracy show can easily be explained.
The following is a list of some of the hoax believer claims, along with
Why does the flag wave on the Moon when there is no air?
Simple. In every example of this there is an astronaut holding the flag
pole trying to push it into the ground or trying to straighten it. The
astronaut moves the pole, which moves the flag. You don't need air for
this to happen.
The show said the lunar lander's engine created 10,000 lbs. of
thrust. Why wasn't there a blast crator under the LM?
The engine on the lunar lander was capable of producing 10,000 lbs. of
thrust, but that doesn't mean it always used that much. The LM
engine had a throttle, which was reduced to about 3,000 lbs. of thrust
by the time the lander reached the surface of the Moon. That amount of
thrust just isn't capable of creating a crator into solid rock.
Why do objects in shadow appear as if they have been lit by a
second light source? Why don't the shadows run parallel?
The objects have been lit by a second light source: the Moon. Light
bouncing off the surface of the Moon lights up objects that would
otherwise be in complete darkness.
There is a great demonstration of this at:
The shadows don't run parallel because the ground is uneven. Try this:
Stand in a room with a light behind you so that your shadow goes
straight out in front of you. Now lean left. Your shadow leans left
On the Moon, if the lander is tilting one way and an astronaut is
tilting another way, the shadows will not be parallel and might even
intersect. Two light sources make two shadows. There aren't any photos
with double shadows, which proves that the only light source casting
shadows is the Sun.
The Earth is surrounded by radiation, called the Van Allen Belt.
How did the astronauts survive?
The radiation belt only reaches about 25,000 miles from where it
starts to where it ends. The Apollo spacecraft was travelling at close
to 25,000 miles per hour, which means they got through the radiation
belt in about an hour. The astronauts weren't exposed to the radiation
for long enough to get sick. Plus, the radiation in the belt isn't as
deadly as X-rays, like the FOX show would like you to believe. The thin
metal body of the Apollo capsule was actually capable of deflecting
some of the radiation. The following site explains it much better than