Apollo 11 Landing on the Moon

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Did Apollo 11 Land on The Moon?
Tammy Getzloff
Rasmussen College

Author’s Note
This research is being submitted on February 17th, 2013, for Barton Pritzl’s

G239/AST2002 course at Rasmussen College by Tammy Getzloff.

On July 16, 1969 three men, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin waited anxiously 363 feet above the ground inside the top of the towering Saturn V rocket, to begin mankind’s most historic journey to landing on the moon. July 20, 1969 at approximately 4:17 p.m. EDT Armstrong notified Houston, “Houston this is Tranquility base, the Eagle has landed,” or did it? Some people believe this is one of the governments biggest cover ups, did Apollo 11 land on the moon or was it all a hoax and a major cover up? In this paper I will show how the facts prove that Apollo 11 did in fact land on the moon and that is was not a cover up.

Nine years prior to the launch date of the Saturn V, President John F. Kennedy had said that by the end of the decade the country would put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. The landing of the Apollo 11 on the moon ushered in the era of the moon exploration that so far until then had gone unrivaled. When President Kennedy made his announcement it came at the height of the space race, which was a subplot to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union started the space race by sending the first artificial satellite into orbit, Sputnik l in October 1957 (www.nationalgeographic.com).

The Apollo 11 astronauts had several tasks that they wanted to accomplish during their extravehicular activity (EVA) operations on the surface of the Moon. The astronauts planned to collect lunar samples, deploy several experiments and examine and photograph the lunar surface. The EVA lasted about 2 ½ hours, and all scientific experiments were completed satisfactory, all instruments were deployed and samples were collected. Neil Armstrong emerged from the spacecraft first, and while he descended, he released the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly on the Lunar Module’s descent stage. There was a camera on this module that provided live television coverage of man’s first step on the Moon (www.lpi.usra.edu).

Now that we have a little bit of history on Apollo 11, why we launched Saturn V into space to attempt to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to Earth and some of the things that Apollo 11 was suppose to do if and when it landed on the moon, we can now get down to the debate. Did Apollo 11 really land on the moon, or did our government succeed in one of the largest cover ups known?

According to some of the conspiracy theorists that are out there and that are saying that the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon was all a hoax say that the flag was waving in the pictures and footage that we see. How can a flag wave in the wind if the surface of the moon is airless, it can’t. The flag was made from an aluminum foil substance, which would mean that there would have to be a huge fan in the studio to make it “wave” on the moon. So that points to NASA faking the landing, it must have happened in a studio where there were huge fans that would create a breeze, and that is why the flag moved (www.londonladyhubpages.com).

Incorrect, there is an explanation to this theory that proves that the flag that was placed on the moon could in fact “wave” after the astronaut placed it on the moon. The reason that the flag is “waving” after the astronaut placed it on the moon, is inertia from when he let it go (www.nationalgeographic.com). Inertia is understood and described in Newton’s First Law of Motion: that an object not subject to any net external force moves at a constant velocity. Which means an object will continue to move at its current velocity until some force causes its speed or direction to change (www.wikipedia.org). Without drag or friction from the air, the momentum from the planting of the flag on the moon will...
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