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Reasons people believe we never landed on the moon

Reasons people believe we never landed on the moon

Whether it's the assassination of JFK, or, ahem, Joan Rivers, Americans love a good conspiracy theory. But none has captured the imagination quite like that time we faked the moon landing. Yup, that's right, we never landed on the moon. Is your mind blown? Well, it shouldn't be, because of course we landed on it, dummy. Still, according to a 1999 Gallup poll, 6% of Americans thought the moon landings were fake, and 5% said they weren't sure. 

So what gives? Why would otherwise normal, critically thinking adults believe that we faked the most monumental achievement in human history? What sort of nonsense could they have read to wash their brains so thoroughly? Let's take a trip to the dark side of the moon and find out all the bananas theories these Lunar Truthers have been spewing.

Where did this nonsense come from?

President Kennedy first implored America to land on the moon in 1962. But by the time Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind, Richard Nixon was President, and the country was neck deep in a war that looked to have no end. Perhaps it's no shock that, with confidence in our government fading, some folks chose to believe we weren't capable of this monumental feat. And they weren't shy about sharing it, latching onto every inconsistency and odd fact they could get their hands on. 

Bill Kaysing, the father of the moon hoax movement, even wrote a book, We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle, helping to formalize what had, up to that point, been the whispers of kooks and crackpots. Now, thanks to self-publishing, the kooks had a voice! So what kind of evidence did Kaysing and his ilk hold up as proof that our trip to the moon never happened?
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Bill Kaysing, along with a growing number of skeptics, questioned whether astronauts could survive traveling through the Van Allen radiation Belt, a collection of charged particles gathered in place by Earth's magnetic field. (Hint: We can.) They claimed that crosshairs in the astronauts' camera lenses, used to help estimate size and distance, appeared behind objects in the developed photographs. (They didn't. That only happened in low-resolution copies of the originals.) They claimed there were artificial sources of lighting that made no sense. (Um, there weren't.) They claimed that the landing craft left no blast crater when it landed, (it didn't…because physics), that the letter C was visible on a rock (someone lost a hair when making a copy), and that the planted flag was actually flapping in the wind (it wouldn't extend all the way, so it looked weird). All in all, they picked apart every image, every recording and every anecdote to make their case. 

There's still one big question, however, that the moon-truthers have yet to adequately explain: why bother faking the moon landing at all? 

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