Apollo Moon Landings..Are They Real or a Myth? Essay

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Throughout history, the United States and the U.S.S.R. have been competing in what is known as the "Space Race". This all began when the Russians sent the first satellite into space in 1958 called Sputnik. Soon after, Americans did the same. The U.S. followed in the footsteps of the U.S.S.R. with sending animals into space. When they sent the first human into space, Yuriy Gagaran, it became evident that the race to the moon had begun. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a speech saying "We will go to the moon in this decade amongst other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard." After he was assassinated, NASA decided to pursue his plan and in 1967 the Apollo program began. In 1969, NASA landed Apollo 11 on …show more content…
Conspiracy theorists have also questioned the way that the astronauts were walking on the moon and they claim that the leaping appearance could easily have been staged if the fake astronauts ran and the camera played the footage back in slow motion. In all actuality, the moon's gravity is only 1/6 of earth's gravity and the jumping that could take place on earth is not nearly as high as someone on the moon could jump. Scientists attempted to stage the experience just as the theorists proposed and when the fake astronaut jumping was played back in slow motion, he did not get nearly as much height and leverage as Neil and Buzz, nor did he "float" the way that Neil and Buzz did on the moon. It is physically impossible to capture the image of a person in a "floating" motion on earth. David Percy and Ralph Rene raised the argument that when the spacecraft landed on the moon, it should have blasted away several layers of the moons surface and caused a giant crater to form. They backed this up using the fact that when shuttles are launched, they cause huge blasts and flames. In response to this, NASA representatives have said that when the spacecraft was getting ready to land, the thrusters were turned off so that it would be able to gently glide across the surface to ensure that no damage would be done to the machine. If photos are observed carefully, slight

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