Searching the google machine that is the Internet for “moon landing,” you’ll find a million pages of links.
Actually its closer to 6 million, but that is beside the point.
Nearly 1 million of those pages are about a “fake moon landing,” and I’m here to add to that total.
Not that I’m some conspiracy nut. (I am a nut but that isn’t why)
I don’t dwell on most moon landing hoax theories, including fake photos or flags blowing in the wind (I could not care less about those things), rather I question the big-picture.
The story goes like this:
In 1961, President Kennedy declared that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. In 1969, man “successfully” landed on the moon. And then man “returned” 5 more times in the next three years only for the missions to come to an abrupt halt. The 8 years in between 1961-1969 are what I’d like to focus on.
My main skepticism comes from simply looking at the dates. I’m supposed to believe that in 8 years, using 1960s technology, NASA designed and developed, from scratch, the 3 most advanced devices of all time (Saturn V Rocket, Space Suit, Lunar Module), and successfully landed men on the moon 6 times in 3 years (that’s an average of once every 6 months for those of you who are bad at math!) These men also supposedly took off from the moon and safely returned to Earth. That is pretty impressive considering we can’t launch a Shuttle from Florida in 2011 if the weather isn’t perfect (or if we are SpaceX in 2015…sadly.)
Read that part again… 8 years… 1960s technology. That does not and will not ever sit right with me. Using basic logic, one would assume that in 8 years in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s mankind would be developing things that far surpass what we made in the 60s… yet that isn’t the case. In fact, it’s far from it. Every other facet of life has improved since the 60s yet space travel seems to have regressed. Can you imagine if things like cars, airplanes, computers, & TVs were behind where they were in 1969?!
Additionally, no other developed nation has even come close to replicating these “feats” of the 60s. China, with their endless supply of money, hopes to have a man on the moon by 2030. Again, using basic logic, I wonder why, with the USA already setting the blueprint, and with 2011 technology at their hands, it would take China over 25 years to accomplish what the USA claims to have done in 8, over forty years ago.
Since 1972, no other nation has claimed to put a man past Low-Earth Orbit (160 km – 2000 km from Earth). You have heard of this before… it’s where the ISS (International Space Station) resides, between 278 km – 460 km above Earth’s surface. The moon, on the other hand, is between 356,000 km to 406,000 km away. Not quite the same, is it? For those of you who think that housing astronauts at 460 km is the same as 406,000 km, I’ll tell you to save it, or to trade me your $406,000 for my $460 🙂
Furthermore, prior to 1961, the USA’s space program was largely a complete failure. Fifteen consecutive U.S. unmanned lunar missions over a six-year period from 1958 to 1964 all failed their primary photographic missions. Yet just 5 years later, the USA claims to have successfully put men on the moon.
Most people do not realize that no other nation has claimed to put a man on the moon. A lot of people simply assume that Russia did. Those same people, and most others, don’t even give a second thought to man landing on the moon. “Of course it happened” is a common reply I hear when talking about the subject.
Yet these people haven’t given it serious thought since they learned about it in school, or in the case of the baby boomers, since they “witnessed” it happen! I simply ask for people to use their heads and to start thinking critically, instead of believing everything that is told to them because “it must have happened.”
I believe that JFK had good intentions when he made his bold statement in 1961. However I think he bit off more than he could chew. After the early failures of the Apollo program, I believe that NASA had too much pride and too much financial incentive to scrap the program (they had already invested billions, and they would continue to receive funding so long as the program was showing progress.)
Again, the big picture is what makes me skeptical, however if you continue to research on your own, you’ll find numerous other examples including cancelled Apollo missions, lost priceless, one-of-a-kind tapes, declarations of a manned Mars landing by 1984 and more.