Man first landed on the moon, that celestial body that is our constant orbiting companion, on July 20, 1969. As the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong recently passed away, which prompted an article all about him and the Apollo missions to conquer near-space.
While researching that article I was astounded by the amount of conspiracy theories which still exist around the Apollo 11 moon landing. Many people don’t believe NASA actually landed on the moon 40-some years ago. And these non-believers are a vocal minority on the Web. There is a slew of information – both promoting and debunking the conspiracy theories – online, much of which is laid out below.
We begin as usual with Wikipedia, specifically the entry titled ‘Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories‘. The entry takes us through the origins of the conspiracy theories – a self-published book and The Flat Earth Society – before actually laying out the “evidence” accompanied by counter-claims by the debunkers.
As usual the ‘Citations’ section offers a good starting point for exploring the subject further on the Web, as do the links to other people and places key to the subject spread liberally throughout.
Moon Base Clavius
Moon Base Clavius is a website run by a group of amateurs committed to debunking the various theories. In order to debunk they first have to reveal the conspiracies in all their convoluted glory. The site breaks down all of the various moon landing conspiracy theories by category and then explores them in great detail.
Clavius obviously comes out as believers in NASA and the Apollo missions, but the information can be consumed in whichever way you personally see fit.
AULIS Online is a website which seeks to challenge accepted thinking on various subjects, including the Apollo moon landings. Putting aside the authors of this site’s views on Mars and the origins of mankind (as fascinating as they are), the section on the moon landings is unmissable. Lots of different conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo missions are put forward, and the sheer amount of reading material will keep you occupied for hours. Whether you believe it or not.
YouTube is a treasure trove of videos about the moon landing conspiracy theories. And every other conspiracy theory you care to mention as well. Type in Moon Landing and the auto-complete suggestions will kick in with Moon Landing Hoax, Moon Landing Conspiracy, Moon Landing Faked, and many more besides.
Some videos have been made by believers in the conspiracy, so they show the “evidence” and invariably include talking heads discussing the events. Other videos have been made by the debunkers, so they show the “evidence” that the whole thing was faked being ripped apart. There is also a Mythbusters episode dedicated to moon landing conspiracy theories, but you’ll have to watch it in several parts.
National Geographic – This is a debunking article which shows eight controversial photographs from the Apollo 11 mission and counter-arguments to the conspiracy claims against them. It’s up to you to decide the truth.
How Stuff Works? – This is an article that presents the most common moon landing conspiracy theories along with the counter-arguments which suggest there are pure, scientific reasons for all of the above.
American Patriot Friends Network – This article asks Was The Apollo Moon Landing Fake? and comes out in favor of it being so. There are a host of videos embedded on the page, along with other quotes, links, and statistics.
University Of Wisconsin – This article deals specifically with Conspiracy Theory: Did We Go to the Moon?, a controversial television special aired on Fox in 2001. The author of the piece clearly doesn’t side with the conspiracy theorists.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera – This article shows photographs of the Apollo moon landing sites as taken by the LROC. Many believe these images alone should put paid to the conspiracy theories, but they’re unlikely to ever die completely.
The majority of people do believe man landed on the moon in 1969, but there remains a minority who will never be convinced it happened as NASA suggested it did. There were certainly reasons why the U.S. would have wanted to fake the whole thing, and if they did then it remains the biggest hoax of all time, with the whole world played like fools. I say make your own mind up based on the evidence at hand.
Let us know what you think about the Apollo moon landings in the comments section. Do you believe Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface before the 1960s drew to a close? If you know of any website, resource, or video online that discusses the moon landing conspiracy theories then please share a link below.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center