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Was the 1969 moon landing a fake?

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If Neil Armstrong was the first human on the moon; who do you think took this pic?


Many people believe that the whole idea behind sending astronauts to the moon was a brainchild and passion of President John F. Kennedy. Addressing a special joint session of congress on May 25, 1961 he said: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

At 9:32 a.m. on 16 July 1969, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center on a mission to moon 240,000 miles from Earth. Neil Armstrong, a 38-year-old U.S. astronaut was the commander of the mission that included Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins.

Some 76 hours later, Armstrong — the first human to walk on the surface of the moon uttered the famous words at 10:56 p.m. on July 19, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Aldrin joined him on the moon’s surface at 11:11 p.m. They took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke to President Nixon before starting their journey back home. Among the items they left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon–July 1969 A.D–We came in peace for all mankind.”

Almost five decades since Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” — many people suspect that the U.S. government and NASA deliberately faked Armstrong and Aldrin’s landing on the moon to bluff the Russians and convince them that they were far behind the US in space technology.

For nearly 50 years we have believed that Armstrong and Aldrin explored the lunar surface on foot for two and a half hours while Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 orbiter around the Moon. That’s the history that we continue to believe. But what if someone insists that the Moon landings never really happened?

What made the American flag flutter on the moon?

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According to the sceptics even the photos and videos of the Apollo missions are fake. A film taken by Aldrin shows an American flag fluttering in the wind on the moon. This is not possible and only proves that that the video was shot anywhere else, but definitely not in space. The presence of wind and the flag’s movement are not possible because of lack of gravity on the surface of moon.

A documentary film titled “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” produced by Fox television network, in 2001 also presented “evidence” of deception and claimed that NASA faked the moon landing in 1969 to score a point over the Russians and win the psychological Space Race.

Why no stars were to be seen on the moon?

The documentary producers raised the questions how the American flag was fluttering on the moon, in spite the fact there is no air or wind? Also why no stars are to be seen in the lunar sky- a common feature in most photographs in space, due to extreme contrast between light and dark. The surface of the Moon reflects the strong sunlight and appears very bright in photographs. As a result, the relatively dim light of stars in the dark sky fades away and gets overshadowed. The human eye can adjust can adjust itself and pick out the stars, but a camera struggles with the contrast unless its settings is adjusted properly.

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How did the astronauts cross the highly lethal Van Allen radiation belts?

Another possibility why the Moon landings couldn’t have happened is due to the presence of the highly lethal Van Allen belts. The lethal doses of radiation from Van Allen belts, 400 to 6,000 miles above the earth’s surface charged by the high-energy particles from the Sun can fry humans trying to pass through them. Anyone exposed to 200 to 1000 ‘rads’ of radiation for a few hours is likely to be affected by radiation sickness. The Apollo 11 crew would have been within the radiation range of these belts for close to two hours during their journey to the Moon.

How do we explain the presence of multiple shadows?

Another peculiarity noticed in the photographs from Moon is the presence of multiple shadows. If the Sun is the only source of light, why do the shadows point in multiple directions? The only explanation for this may be – that these pictures were actually taken using multiple lights in a studio.

How did the Apollo crew bring back tons of Moon rock?

Another suggestion that the Moon landings were stage-managed on Earth is due to the fact–that the Apollo crew brought back tons of Moon rock. Some 382 kilograms of Moon rocks brought back by the Apollo 11 crew were distributed to 135 different countries around the world as a good will gesture.

These rocks were indeed of lunar origin and withstood every possible geology test in labs around the world but why is it so that no other manned or unmanned, space mission has returned back with such huge quantities of rock?

Strangely, Soviet Union’s unmanned Luna program in the 1970s could bring back only about 300 gm rocks similar to the rocks brought back by Apollo missions.

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Taazakhabar News Bureau
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