Dis­cover the truth be­hind the myths and the psy­chol­ogy of the be­liev­ers


Nearly 50 years on from what is pos­si­bly hu­man­ity’s great­est achieve­ment, con­spir­acy the­o­rists have pored over the footage of the Moon land­ings from 1969 and they think it’s a set up. They be­lieve NASA built a stu­dio on Earth, at­tached ac­tors to wires and sim­u­lated low grav­ity with slow-mo­tion film­ing, all to trump their Soviet ri­vals in the space race. NASA says they put men on the Moon. So, what re­ally hap­pened?

The light­ing has been a topic of much de­bate, with con­spir­acy the­o­rists claim­ing that one of the most iconic images of Buzz Aldrin could only be taken with an ar­ti­fi­cial light source. So com­puter graph­ics ex­perts sim­u­lated real-time light­ing prop­er­ties at the Apollo 11 land­ing site. It turns out that Neil Arm­strong’s space­suit re­flected the Sun’s light and was re­spon­si­ble for il­lu­mi­nat­ing Aldrin in the iconic 1969 photo.

Per­haps the best proof of the Moon land­ings is the trail of ev­i­dence left by the as­tro­nauts. The Apollo 11 mis­sion brought Moon rocks back to 135 coun­tries for their sci­en­tists to ex­am­ine, and they have con­firmed their lu­nar ori­gin. The as­tro­nauts also planted re­flec­tive pan­els on the sur­face of the Moon; when other coun­tries shot lasers at them, they pinged back a sig­nal. If the Moon land­ings were a hoax, re­searchers from across the globe would have had to have been in on the con­spir­acy too.

This im­age cap­tured by the LRO in 2011 shows foot­prints from the Apollo 12 land­ing

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