Outer space is a vast, mystical place most of humanity has never experienced firsthand, and may never get the chance to. The aura of mystery and wonder surrounding space is both magnified and diminished by those who believe in space-related conspiracies. From those who do not believe Americans ever actually landed on the moon to those who believe there are aliens living among us, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories surrounding the topic.
In 1969, the United States narrowly beat Russia to become the first country to land on the moon. This event was a unparalleled feat that was globally celebrated. History will forever remember the day Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon as the world watched from home — that is, unless it never happened.
Up to 11 percent of Americans do not believe the U.S. actually landed on the moon at all from 1969-1971. Some claim staging the moon landing was an elaborate scheme to beat Russia, while others say it was to boost American morale and further government agenda. Whatever the motive, there are several fascinating, seemingly valid points made by educated theorists that seem well worth taking into consideration.
In the original moon landing video, many claim that if the American flag had really been in outer space, it would not have been able to wave outside of the earth’s atmosphere. Those who set out to disprove this allegation say that wire was woven through the bottom of the flag in order to create the illusion of a waving flag.
Rebekah’s hot take: This seemed fishy and unnecessary to me, but not being a skilled physicist, I needed more proof.
SHADOWS AMONG US?
The next major discrepancy whistleblowers point out is that the astronaut’s shadows are not proportional to their bodies. They claim shadows would not be possible on the moon
regardless, due to the overpowering light from the sun’s reflection.
Examination of the photos does prove the shadows are strangely disproportionate, which theorists say indicates video lighting was used on a set.
NO CAMERAS, PLEASE
Nonbelievers also point out that Neil Armstrong and several of the other astronauts seemed to detest giving interviews, and that there were countless inconsistencies in the reports given after returning to earth.
In his 1974 book “We Never Went to the Moon,” former NASA employee Bill Kaysing claims that the real moon would have more crater holes, would be surrounded by stars and that a large quantity of dust would have been visibly unsettled had a spacecraft really landed on the surface of the moon.
Moon landing conspiracy theorists are passionate about their beliefs and for valid reason. They point out that if these theories are ever proven true, trust in our media, historical records and government would inevitably collapse. They allege that this would expose one of mankind’s proudest accomplishments to have been nothing more than an elaborate ruse, resulting in worldwide disillusionment.
While it may be simplest and most comfortable to brush off all we consider to be fake news or ridiculous, perhaps we should objectively take into consideration the motives and evidence moon landing conspiracy theorists point out that the U.S. had and decide for ourselves whether or not what they claim is possible. Whether you believe we went to the moon or not, question everything, do your research and remember: The truth is out there.
Listerhill Credit Union holds no opinions on the moon landing. Any views expressed are solely that of the writer.