An Essay on the Apollo 11 Conspiracies
Ms. Betances, English 1 Pre-IB
Global Issue Research Paper
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Global Issue Draft
20 May 2011
Scientific Facts for Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists
People around the globe are familiar with the triumphant words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” However, nearly 20% (Russo) believe they were not said up in space, but in a set created by Americans unable to get to the actual moon. It’s concerning that some people think the moon landing was faked, and the conspiracy is starting to become a global issue. The lunar landing was not a hoax. It was not a miracle. And it was made possible by multinational technological advancements and spectacular engineers; making it truly one of man’s most fantastic accomplishments. "Putting a man on the moon not only inspired the nation, but also the world," said Steven Dick, chief historian of NASA at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., "The 1960s were a tumultuous time in the U.S., and the moon landing showed what could be accomplished at a time when much else was going wrong." (Dylan) NASA’s engineering for the Apollo 11 mission played a huge role in developing technologies around the globe. For example, they further developed the integrated circuit for their mission, encouraging the development of the home computer. The global impact doesn’t just stop there. NASA’s technology aided the development of fire detectors and fire resistant materials, the Space Pen, and shock absorbing materials like helmets, TV Satellite Dishes, and medical imaging devices. On February 15, 2001 Fox News aired a programme called “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” (Schadewald) This addressed the most common arguments of moon landing conspiracy theorists. One of the most popular is the waving American flag; how can the flag flutter when...