The Moon's Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon?

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The year is 1961 and the U.S. is six years deep in a space race with the Soviet Union to show off to each other who has the best air and space capabilities. President Kennedy gives a speech saying that we will go to the moon “not because it is easy, but because it is hard” (Engle). Less than a decade later, on July 20th, 1969 at 20:17:40 UTC, the Apollo 13 mission put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon (“Theories”). Ever since that day the people have doubted the fact that we ever put people on the moon. An opinion poll found six percent of American believed the U.S. did not go to the moon, with it jumping to 20% after Fox released the 2001 documentary: Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (Newton 22). It might make sense why …show more content…
It is not possible for there to be a breeze or wind in a vacuum. If the flag is truly waving from a breeze, then it would have been impossible for it to have been filmed on the moon. The flag had a wavy pole inside the flag so that it would stick out. NASA says that the when looking at the film closely, the flag only appears to be waving when the astronauts are moving it. The momentum and force from the astronauts moving the flag caused the top to move and moving the wavy pole in it, making the flag do a flap like motion …show more content…
In 1958, 11 years before the Apollo 11 mission, scientist Van Allen discovered two radiation belts surrounding the earth. These two belts hold energetic charged particles held together by the magnetic field (Fox). Upon discovery these belts were thought to be very deadly if passed through. Conspiracists claim that even these days, with our technology it is deadly to pass through the belts, and it definitely wouldn 't have been possible back in 1969. However, when the astronauts passed through the first, and more deadly radiation belt, it took them only a couple of minutes, and the lesser belt around one and a half hours. The amount of radiation they received, including the journey home, is not enough to be lethal. In fact the amount they received is about the same that workers are allowed to receive working at nuclear energy fields (Fox). In 1968 the Soviets did a moon test off their own with living matter, with their Zond program. The Zond Five was launched and did an orbit around the moon, then returned. The payload of the capsule contained two Russian tortoises, wine flies, mealworms, plants, seeds, bacteria, and other living matter. When the capsule returned to Earth, four days after being launched, all living matter inside was alive and had no radiation traces

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