Honors English 10/Mr. Brown
10 April, 2011
Apollo11 Moon Landing, Was it Just a Fake? Many accomplishments throughout the years, in the United States have formed our country to a nationalist society. On July 20th, 1969, the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas received the call, “Houston”, which confirmed the landing of these three astronauts on the moon. Recently though, many discussions of the Apollo 11 mission have astonished thoughts of many Americans. Conspiracy theorists are looking at the Moon Landing as a hoax and one big set up that Americans were fooled into believing actually happened. In 1974, Bill Kasying wrote a book entitled We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle, which explained in full detail that the whole Apollo 11 mission was a fake (The Apollo Hoax). Not only did this spark many people’s interest then, but now more than ever. If the citizens of the United States actually did believe that American actually won the “Space Race”, perhaps understanding evidence that it was a hoax could change some minds. The loss and destruction of evidence, absence of a clear plan for takeoff and a safe return to earth, curious and mysterious actions of astronauts upon their return and deficiencies in the technology required for the Apollo 11 mission, prove that the lunar landing was a hoax. When closely watching the moon landing video, the viewer can see that many mistakes are made to hide the public from believing the landing was actually a real event. NASA and the government hid evidence of the technology used in the moon landing and used cover up stories that they had lost any evidence of the landing that many conspiracies can prove were non-existent to begin with. In the very first airing of the moon landing video there is clear evidence that a hoax could be justified at any means. First of all, there are no stars in the sky, just a clear black sky or back drop. Neil Armstrong claimed to have landed somewhere around night time when they snapped the footage, but where the astronauts were on the moon, many stars should have been seen. Without stars being there it should have also provoked people to start seeing other minor details within the video footage that clearly showed it to be a hoax. Another example of evidence to prove the landing to be true is the USA flag being stuck into the ground, then waving around. There is no possible way that the flag could have been moving around on the moon because there is no air on the moon. The flag should have also dropped to the ground if there was no air. NASA explains this to have happened because the flag was on an antenna, connected to the pole, which pulled out like a radio receiver causing a ripple effect to happen. That still does not explain how the flag could have been placed in the moon. (Apollo Moon Landing Hoax- Video Evidence) NASA also released to the public that there was a loss of 700 boxes containing moon landing evidence, but never clearly stated how or when it even happened ( NASA loses moon landing tape pictures). If NASA would have been smart, a closer eye would have been kept on all of the evidence that proved from their side that the moon landing actually did happen. Now, all of the conspiracy rumors are being sparked fully. Sarkissian, a man who had been wondering about the footage of the Apollo 11 mission in 1997, was the one who discovered all of the evidence was missing. The government and NASA thought this would lead suspicion to happen in Americans minds, but at that time the moon landing was not a huge issue, so rumors were set aside. Now, 14 years later, conspiracy theorists do not believe that all of the evidence was just lost, but that Sarkissian was NASA’s cover-up as to how it could have been lost and not destroyed by NASA. Any way the situation is looked at it is suspicious because NASA should have kept a closer eye on all of...
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