The Moon Hoax
As a child, nothing captured my attention as much as the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space flights of NASA’s. The astronauts were heroes of mine and my appetite for the science rich topic of traveling to space was insatiable. Of course the Apollo missions were the crowning achievements of the time and they spanned the few years of mine right before starting high school. Later, while in high school, word had reached me that some doubted we were ever there. To the casual observer, the case presented by the doubters seemed rather convincing. In time however, scientists in and out of NASA published a rebuttal and the tale of the hoax had faded.
The internet is an amazing place and it’s been fascinating watching its development from the very beginning. It has given us undreamed-of access to knowledge, but it has also provided a platform for sloppy and impatient thinkers who crave a good conspiracy as if it were some sort of opiate.
Unfortunately, the hoax lives on via the web with much of its audience populated from those who were not even alive when the landings occurred. The claims levied against the validity of the landings are more than I care to address in this writing, they’re all available on the web if one wishes to read them. I’ll take the time to address one of them to illustrate the myopia of the skeptics.
Among the multitude of accusations, is the claim that because there are no stars seen in the moon sky, it must have been filmed in an indoor studio. The viewer is so anxious to adopt a conspiracy theory that they forget the photos and footage were all taken in the day time! For God’s sake, the sun was out at the time! Why would anyone expect to see stars against the illumination of our sun? My guess is that since a lack of atmosphere on the moon causes the sky to be black, some lazily assume it’s night and are perplexed by the absence of stars they’re so used to seeing on Earth at that time. Good solid thinking is a dying art.
I must say that I have always been astonished at the level of paranoia these people must feel to believe that NASA would have the capability to forge such an event which would include Amateur Radio operators, radio telescope operators, and international TV broadcast assistance who were all tracking the flights and landings on their own. To believe a hoax could be perpetrated on the people of this magnitude, one must give either far too much credit to those around them or far too little credit to themselves. Perhaps it’s some combination of both.