Bart Sibrel: Moon Landing 50th anniversary

What the notoriously corrupt United States federal government is claiming is to have sent men to the moon in 1969, on the very FIRST attempt, even though right here on earth Mt. Everest and the South Pole took NUMEROUS tries before success, allegedly accomplishing this amazing feat with FIFTY YEAR OLDER technology (a cell phone has ONE MILLION times more computing power than ALL of NASA did back then), yet FIFTY years later the farthest NASA can now send astronauts from Earth is only 1/1000th the distance as claimed half a century ago, despite there being five decades more advancements in rockets and computers.

If Toyota claimed they made a car FIFTY years ago that could travel 50,000 miles on one gallon of gasoline, yet today their best car can only go 50 miles per gallon, or 1/1000th the distance, would not their forgery be incredibly obvious? If it were not for people’s emotional attachment to the fifty year unrepeatable moon landing claim, also with only 1/1000th the distance capable five decades later, they would otherwise easily recognize it as the fraud that it sadly is.

The alleged moon landings are the only technological claim in the entire history of the world, such as the first automobile, airplane, or nuclear power, which was not far surpassed in capability fifty years later, much less could not be duplicated by any nation on earth fifty years later. The supposed moon landings are also the only time in the entire history of the world that such claimed breakthrough technology was deliberately destroyed afterwards, actually only done so to hide the evidence of their fraud.

Seeing how it is IMPOSSIBLE for technology to go backwards and today NASA can only send astronauts 1/1000th the distance from the Earth as was claimed FIFTY years ago on the very FIRST attempt with FIVE DECADES OLDER technology, the only remaining conclusion is that the 1969 claim was a government forgery. It is that simple.

MIT Science Reporter — “Landing on the Moon”

This 1966 MIT Science Reporter television program details the development and construction of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), the only vehicle of the three Apollo spacecraft modules that actually lands on the moon. Project engineer Thomas Kelly gives a tour of the LEM at Grumman Aircraft in Long Island, NY, and demonstrates the LEM Automatic Checkout System, while test pilot Robert Smyth demonstrates the lunar landing simulator via an electronic computer-controlled model of the Moon. The program is presented by MIT in association with WGBH-TV Boston, and hosted by MIT reporter John Fitch; it was produced for NASA. MIT Museum Collections.

Operation Avalanche (2016 Movie) – Official Trailer

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret — and a major government cover-up — they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk.

Apollo Zero – Full Moon Landing Documentary

Apollo Zero discusses issues related to NASA and its landing on the Moon. Various points are made to get to the truth and to question the arguments given by NASA in support of the expedition to Moon. Till today only three countries, US, China and Russia have succeeded in putting a man merely in Earth’s orbit. This suggests the difficulty of the task. The next point to ponder over is that the distance between moon and the earth is 240,000 miles. No country post the supposed landing on the moon ever claims to have gone more than 400 miles from Earth. The International Space Station orbits at 200 miles above Earth. It is clear that there exist a big difference between 240,000 miles and 400 miles. What one wonders why is it very difficult to cover more than 400 miles from Earth today when we had supposedly accomplished a 480,000 mile round trip in 1969. NASA further asserts that three men were loaded into a rocket, flew 240,000 miles to the moon and then achieved lunar orbit. They say the two astronauts flew 60 miles to the surface of the moon, in a vacuum and 1/6 Earth gravity. They stayed on the moon for up to three days in 250 degree heat and played golf as well. The answer provided to the important question of how they managed to stay in an unfriendly atmosphere for so long, they reply with the assistance of batteries. They then supposedly blasted off the surface of the moon and returned 240,000 miles back to Earth. They re-entered Earth’s atmosphere going 25,000 mph, and managed a safe landing with the aid of parachutes.

11+ Events to Celebrate the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary This Summer

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In July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two people to step foot on the moon. Now, 50 years on, it’s amazing how far the space program has come – and how far we have left to go. To mark the occasion, there are a variety of commemorative Apollo 11 events around the country. These “Apollo 50th” Anniversary events are happening at some of the best space museums and NASA facilities and are open to all ages!

Note: We’ve gotten emails about lots of new Apollo 11 Anniversary Events, and many of them are listed in the comments. Be sure to read the comments to see those events too!

Apollo 11 Mission Timeline

Before we launch into the list of events, it’s helpful to know the exact timeline of the Apollo 11 mission. Most of the Apollo 50th Celebrations happen on the anniversary of these dates:

  • July 16, 1969Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center. Three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins) set out on the three-day journey to the moon.
  • July 20, 1969Lunar Landing. After several maneuvers, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin take the Lunar Module to the Moon.
  • July 21, 1969First Man on the Moon. After a few hours of rest, Armstrong and Aldrin begin a multi-hour EVA on the surface of the moon.
  • July 24, 1969Splashdown. Armstrong and Aldrin launch from the surface of the moon, rejoin Collins aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft and make their journey home. The crew splashes down just over 8 days after they left earth.

Keeping those dates in mind, let’s dive into the list of Apollo 50th Anniversary celebrations around the country!

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Apollo XI 50th Anniversary Gala – Simi Valley, California

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  • Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • When: July 13, 2019
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There’s only one event where you can celebrate with an astronaut who was actually on the Moon for the whole thing! Buzz Aldrin is holding a special 50th Anniversary Gala in southern California, and it’s one of the first events to kick off a two-week window of festivities around the country.

Aldrin’s gala tickets aren’t cheap: the lowest tier starts at $1,000 per person but includes a meet-and-greet, photo of you with the Apollo 11 astronaut himself, a multi-course meal, and auction. The proceeds of the event will support Aldrin’s nonprofit, Human SpaceFlight Institute which focuses on utilizing a collaborative approach to advancing human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit. So it’s for a good cause and an Apollo 11 enthusiast’s dream opportunity to meet Buzz Aldrin!

Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration Events – Huntsville, Alabama

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  • Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • When: July 13-20, 2019
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If you’re looking for a week of festivities, look no further than Huntsville, aka Rocket City! From July 13th to 20th, there’s a full schedule of events, including a car show, a celebration dinner, and the Rocket City Summer Fest (a moon landing concert). Oh, and bring your model rockets: on July 16th, Rocket City will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by launching 5,000 model rockets simultaneously (part of Global Launch Day!).

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Apollopalooza – Denver, Colorado

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  • Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
  • When: July 13-20, 2019
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For an entire week surrounding the Apollo 11 mission, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is hosting a variety of events, lectures, seminars, and other space-y activities. You can hear from Apollo 17 astronaut Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, who was one of the last men to walk on the moon, or meet with folks from Spaceport America to hear about the future of space travel. If you’re in the Denver area, this is the place to be to mark the Apollo anniversary!

Apollo 50th Gala – Merritt Island, Florida

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  • Where: Kennedy Space Center
  • When: July 16, 2019
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Kennedy Space Center is understandably one of the epicenters for Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebrations. After all, this is where liftoff took place on July 16, 1969!

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To mark the occasion, KSC is hosting a 500-guest gala at the Apollo Saturn V Center. Your fellow guests will include Apollo, Shuttle, and ISS astronauts, flight directors and space legends, Apollo families, NASA executives, celebrities and global movers and shakers, international media, space collectors and educators. The best part? The dress code is “Golden Galactic” (black tie with a twist!). Oh, there’s also an after party and brunch the next morning for certain ticket tiers.

Apollo 50 – Washington, D.C.

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  • Where: National Air & Space Museum
  • When: July 16-20, 2019
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If you’ll be in the nation’s capital for the Apollo 50th Anniversary, head to the National Mall! There, based around the National Air & Space Museum, there’s a series of fun events for all ages. On July 16th, Neil Armstrong’s suit will be put on display for the first time in over a decade. On July 20th, stay late at the museum to celebrate the exact moment the first steps were taken on the Moon with an evening of activities until 2:00am! And in between, from July 16th to 20th, there will be other events along the mall, too. Your calendar can be as full as you want it to be!

Apollo 50th Anniversary Events – Houston, Texas

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  • Where: Space Center Houston
  • When: July 16-20, 2019
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Houston, like Huntsville, is the other epicenter of Apollo 50th celebrations. In addition to celebrating Space City Month all July, there are hotel and restaurant specials all over town, especially during the week of the Apollo mission. From a Lunar Landing Party to outer space trivia nights, local businesses are getting into the spirit. Space Center Houston will have pop-up science labs, briefings about the Apollo 11 mission, and a special tram experience at nearby Johnson Space Center.

(STG Founder Valerie will be in Houston all week for the Apollo 11th celebrations!)

Summer Moon Festival – Wapakoneta, Ohio

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  • Where: Armstrong Air & Space Museum
  • When: July 19-21, 2019
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Each summer, the town of Wapakoneta hosts a Moon Festival, but this year is a particularly special one. Neil Armstrong’s hometown is pulling out all the stops to celebrate their most beloved citizen’s monumental milestone as the first man on the moon. Enjoy presentations from astronauts, exhibits from NASA, aviation inflatables, free activities, science demonstrations, the Run to the Moon races, and more. A full schedule of events and activities is forthcoming, so keep an eye on the website if that’s where you want to celebrate the Apollo 50th Anniversary.

One Giant Leap Festival – Raleigh, NC

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  • Where: North Carolina Museum of History
  • When: July 20, 2019
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There are possibly no more momentous words spoken in human history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” 

To mark 50 years since Neil Armstrong spoke those words after his boots touched down on the lunar surface, the North Carolina Museum of History is hosting the One Giant Leap Festival. On July 20th, you can try your hand at hands-on crafts, demonstrations, and activities. You’ll be able to step into a virtual-reality lab where you can “travel” to space and be on the moon and enjoy a bungee-jumping station where you, too, can experience weightlessness, like real astronauts. More details coming soon.

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Apollo 50th Anniversary Flight – Merritt Island, Florida

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  • Where: Space Florida’s Launch & Landing Facility
  • When: July 20, 2019
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Curious what it was like on the moon? Here’s your chance to experience it! On July 20th, board the ZERO-G plane for a specialized anniversary flight that will demonstrate the feeling of exploring the moon’s surface by recreating lunar gravity and allowing you to float with the ease of carrying one-sixth your normal body weight (aka moon gravity!). Astronaut Scott Kelly will be aboard the flight to mix and mingle – and (probably) answer all your deep burning space questions.

Moon Landing Anniversary at JGAP – Logan, Ohio

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From 4pm to 1am on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, head to the plaza at John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) to celebrate. As the afternoon turns to evening, learn about the events of the first landing and moonwalk exactly 50 years after they happened – down to the minute. After sunset, stargaze and learn about objects in the sky. Then, when the moon rises, soon after midnight, peer through the JGAP telescope to get a closer look at the place where it all happened.

Space Out Saturday & Landing on the Lawn – Hutchinson, Kansas

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  • Where: Cosmosphere
  • When: July 20, 2019
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Even Midwest space enthusiasts have fun ways to celebrate the Apollo 50th Anniversary! Following their standard Space Out Saturday event (which usually happens on the 3rd Saturday each month), stay for Landing on the Lawn. Bring the whole family and attend a puppet show, lab demos, a Moon “selfie” station, giant lawn games, a showing of the CBS footage of the lunar landing… and loads more! This is perfect for young children to grade school age kids.

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – San Francisco, California

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  • Where: The Exploratorium
  • When: July 20, 2019
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On July 20th, San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum will host a day of festivities to mark the lunar landing. Opening at 10am, the museum will stay open until midnight with a chance to view restored footage of the 1969 landing or bask in the glow of a detailed 16-foot spherical sculpture of the moon. There are other events and exhibits that will be on display as part of Moon Month, too.

Destination Moon – Seattle, WA

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  • Where: The Museum of Flight
  • When: April 13 – September 2, 2019
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If you love the moon, head to The Museum of Flight! From now through September 2nd, you can see the Destination Moon exhibit during its only west coast stop. The exhibit includes a giant moon (part of the Museum of the Moon exhibits elsewhere), one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Smithsonian, many flown on the historic mission, plus dozens of NASA and Russian spaceflight additions from the Museum’s renowned collection. The Apollo 11 capsule is also on display. During the weekend of the Apollo 50th anniversary, there will be a festival to mark the lunar landmark.

Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy – Flagstaff, Arizona

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  • Where: Across Flagstaff
  • When: throughout 2019
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You might not think of Flagstaff as a part of the Apollo lunar program, but it actually was. NASA astronauts including Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Buzz Aldrin, and Jack Schmitt (who hails from Flagstaff) all trained in the craters surrounding Flagstaff. To mark the anniversary year, Flagstaff is hosting lectures and events that focus on moon science, the Apollo missions, and the future of human spaceflight. Check the calendar for full details.

Have you heard of other great Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebrations? Which one do you plan to attend? (Source: https://spacetourismguide.com/apollo-50th-anniversary-events/ )

A NASA document actually started the Moon landing conspiracy

Kieran L. asks: Who started the conspiracy theory about the moon landing being fake?

Since the early 1970s conspiracy theorists have created ever more elaborate stories about how NASA faked the moon landings, much to the annoyance of the literal hundreds of thousands of people who worked in some capacity to make these missions a reality, and even more so to the men who were brave enough to sit in front of a massive controlled explosion, take a little jaunt through the soul crushing void of space in an extremely complex ship built by the lowest bidder, then get into another spacecraft whose ascent engine had never been test fired before they lit the candle, and all with the goal of exiting said ship with only a special suit between them and oblivion. And don’t even get the astronauts started on the paltry government salary they earned in doing all that and the hilarious lengths they had to go to to provide some semblance of a life insurance policy for their families should the worst happen during the missions. So who first got the idea that the moon landings were faked?

While it’s highly likely there were at least a few individuals here and there who doubted man could accomplish such a thing a little over a half century after the end of period in which humans were still hitching up covered wagons, the first to really get the moon landing hoax story going popularly was a writer named Bill Kaysing. How did he do it? Kaysing self-published a book in 1976 called We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.

Released a few years after the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, Kaysing’s book popularly introduced some of the most well known talking points of moon landing deniers, such as that the astronauts should have been killed when they passed through the Van Allen radiation belts, noting the lack of stars in photographs, the missing blast crater below the lunar modules, etc. Beyond these, he also had some more, let’s say, “unusual” and occasionally offensive assertions which even the most ardent moon landing denier would probably rather distance themselves from.

Not exactly a best-seller, Kaysing’s book nonetheless laid the ground work for some of what would come after, with the idea further gaining steam in part thanks to the 1978 film Capricorn 1, which shows NASA faking a Mars landing and then going to any lengths to keep it a secret. As for the film, director Peter Hyams states he first got the idea for such a movie when musing over the Apollo 11 mission and thinking, “There was one event of really enormous importance that had almost no witnesses. And the only verification we have . . . came from a TV camera.”

Not an accurate statement in the slightest on the latter point, it nonetheless got the wheels turning and he ultimately developed a script based on this notion.

As to how Kaysing before him came to the conclusion that NASA faked the moon landings, the story, at least as Kaysing tells it, is that in the late 1950s he managed to view the results of a highly secretive internal study conducted by NASA on the feasibility of man successfully landing on the moon that concluded, in his own words: “That the chance of success was something like .0017 percent. In other words, it was hopeless.”

Kaysing doesn’t explain how NASA came up with such a precise figure given all the unknown variables at the time, nor why he put the qualifier “something like” followed by such an extremely exact number. He also did not name the report itself. And, in fact, as far as we can tell, NASA never conducted such an all encompassing study on the feasibility of a successful moon landing in the 1950s. Whether they did or not, we did find in our research looking for that report that NASA conducted a feasibility study on the proposed designs for several manned rockets immediately prior to Apollo program to decide which contractor to use. This, of course, has nothing to do with Kaysing, but we figured we’d mention it as we like to deal in facts and reading Kaysing’s various works has us feeling like we need to be cleansed a little by saying things that are actually true about NASA in this period.

In any event, Kaysing would later assert that he determined from this report that there’s no way NASA could have improved these 0.0017% odds in the time between the results of this supposed study and the moon landings about a decade later.

Now, if Kaysing was just some random guy shouting in the wind, it’s unlikely anyone would have listened to him. Every conspiracy theory origin story needs at least some shred of credibility from the person starting it to get the fire going. For Kaysing’s assertions about the moon landings, this comes in the form of the fact that for a brief period he worked for Rocketdyne, a company that made rockets for the Apollo program. Not an engineer or having any similar technical expertise whatsoever, Kaysing’s background was primarily in writing, earning an English degree from the University of Redlands, after which he naturally got a job making furniture.

As for the writing gig he landed with Rocketdyne, his job was initially as a technical writer starting in 1956 and he eventually worked his way up to head of technical publications. He finally quit in 1963, deciding he’d had enough of working for the man.

After quitting, to quote him, “the rat race”, in 1963 Kaysing traveled the country in a trailer with his family, earning his living writing books on a variety of topics from motorcycles to farming.

This brings us to 1969 when he, like most everyone else in the world with access to a TV watched the moon landing. While watching, Kaysing recalled the supposed NASA study he’d seen all those years ago, as well as that engineers he’d worked with at the time in the late 1950s claimed that while the technology existed to get the astronauts to the moon, getting them back was not yet possible. He later stated he further thought,

As late as 1967 three astronauts died in a horrendous fire on the launch pad. But as of ’69, we could suddenly perform manned flight upon manned flight? With complete success? It’s just against all statistical odds.

Despite often describing himself as “the fastest pen in the west”, it would take Kaysing several years to write the book that introduced one of the most enduring conspiracy theories to the world.

As for why NASA would bother with the charade, he claimed NASA worked in tandem with the Defence Intelligence Agency to fake the moon landings to one up those pesky Russians. While certainly good for the country if they could get away with it, the benefit to NASA itself was, of course, funding. Said Kaysing, “They — both NASA and Rocketdyne — wanted the money to keep pouring in.” As to how he knew this, he goes on “I’ve worked in aerospace long enough to know that’s their goal.”

So how did NASA do it? He claimed that the footage of the moon landing was actually filmed on a soundstage. When later asked where this soundstage was located, Kaysing confidently stated that it was located in Area 51. As he doesn’t seem to have ever given clear evidence as to how he knew this, we can only assume because it’s not a proper space related conspiracy theory if Area 51 isn’t mentioned.

Kaysing also claimed that the F-1 engines used were too unreliable so NASA instead put several B-1 rockets inside each of the F-1 engines. Of course, in truth these wouldn’t have been powerful enough to get the Saturn V into orbit even if its tanks were mostly empty. (And given the frost and ice clearly visible covering certain relevant parts of the Saturn V here, it’s apparent the tanks could not have been mostly empty). There’s also the little problem that the clusters of B-1s he described couldn’t have fit in the F-1 engine bells and you can see footage of the F-1 engines working as advertised, with no clusters of engines anywhere in sight. Nevertheless, despite these problems with his story, he did purport that the Saturn V was launched to space as shown (though at other times has claimed that in fact as soon as the rocket was out of sight it was simply ditched in the ocean and never made it to space). Stick with us here people, he changed his story a lot over the years.

Whatever the case, in all initial cases, he claims the astronauts were not aboard.

(And if you’re now wondering how the U.S. fooled the Soviets and other nations tracking the rockets during these missions, he claims a way to fake signals was devised, allowing for tracking stations on Earth to think the craft was headed for the moon and, critically, successfully fooling the Soviets who were indeed closely tracking the missions to the moon and back.)

So what did Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins do during the mission if they weren’t zipping around in space? In the first edition of his book, Kaysing claims that they flew to Las Vegas where they mostly hung out at strip clubs when they weren’t in their rooms on the 24th floor of the Sands Hotel.

We can’t make this stuff up, but apparently Kaysing can.

Kaysing goes on that at one point one of the trio got into a fistfight with someone in broad daylight over a stripper. Sadly Kaysing doesn’t reveal which of the men did this, nor how he knew about it, so we’re forced to assume it was Buzz Aldrin who is the only member of the three we definitely know actually has gotten in a fist fight.

In this case, in 2002, a 72 year old Buzz Aldrin punched Bart Sibrel who is a “we never landed on the moon” conspiracy theorist, “documentary” maker, and cab driver. Sibrel invited Aldrin to a hotel with Sibrel telling him he was making a children’s TV show on space. Once Aldrin arrived at the hotel, Sibrel pulled out a Bible and tried to get Aldrin to put his hand on it and swear that he had walked on the moon. Needless to say, Aldrin was pretty irritated at this point. Things got worse when Sibrel called Aldrin a “liar” and a “coward”, at which point Aldrin punched him.

As for his defense, Sibrel states, “When someone has gotten away with a crime, in my opinion, they deserve to be ambushed. I’m a journalist trying to get at the truth.” Unwilling to sway on what that truth is, however, Sibrel states, “I do know the moon landings were faked. I’d bet my life on it.” Not all is lost, however, because he states, “I know personally that Trump knows the moon landings are fake and he’s biding his time to reveal it at the end of this term, or at the end of his second term if he’s re-elected.” So, rest easy everyone, the truth will come out soon enough apparently.

In any event, going back to Kaysing’s book, he states that shortly before the astronauts were supposed to begin broadcasting from the moon, all three men arrived on a soundstage deep within the confines of Area 51 and ate cheese sandwiches. He also states that along with cheese sandwiches, NASA provided the men with buxom showgirls while at Area 51. Presumably this was the only way to pry the astronauts away from the strip clubs.

After eating the no doubt delicious sandwiches, Aldrin and Armstrong put on some space suits and pretended to walk across a fake moon set while reading out some, to quote Kaysing, “well-rehearsed lines” in a performance he called “not great” but “good enough”.

A description we personally feel is a little unfair considering it has apparently fooled seemingly every scientist on Earth then to now, including ones working for the nation directly competing with the US to land on the moon who would have relished any opportunity to even allege the whole thing was faked in a credible way, let alone prove it and embarrass the U.S. utterly in front of the whole world. But, unfortunately, as you might imagine, the Soviets at the time were monitoring the whole thing quite closely with their newfangled technology and so never got the opportunity to disprove the landings.

Amazingly Kaysing also claimed in his book that the fake moon landing footage was filmed live and that there was only “a seven second delay” between Armstrong and Aldrin’s performance and the broadcast the world was watching. Thus, had even a fly buzzed across the set, NASA would have only seconds to notice and cut the feed, lest such a mistake or inconsistency be noticed in the footage people would be watching for the rest of human history.

As for the splash down and recovery, he claims the astronauts were eventually put on a military cargo plane (a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy) and simply dropped from it in the capsule. As for how he knew this, he did provide a source for once, claiming that an airline pilot he talked to had seen the Apollo 15 module drop from a cargo plane. Who this pilot was, what airline he worked for, if he offered any evidence to support his claim, such as a flight log showing him piloting a plane in the area during the time of the splash down of Apollo 15, or even when he talked to said pilot, however, he fails to mention.

As for the moon rocks brought back, these were apparently meteorites found in Antarctica as well as some that were cleverly made in a NASA geology lab.

As to how NASA was able to keep the lid on things, despite nearly a half a million people working on the Apollo Program in some capacity, not just for NASA but countless independent organizations, he claims NASA simply only let those who needed to know the whole thing was a hoax know.

So following this reasoning that means all these scientists, engineers, etc. working on all the components and various facets of the mission were genuinely trying to make the moon landing happen, including knowing the requirements to make it happen and testing everything they made until it met those requirements… Meaning what was built and planned should have been capable of doing what the mission required…

That said, Kaysing admits a handful of people here and there would have had to know the whole thing was a sham, and thus NASA simply paid off those who could be paid off, promoted those who preferred that reward, threatened those who still wouldn’t go along, and murdered those who still resisted, which we’ll get into shortly.

The ridiculousness of many of these claims and how easily they crumple under the slightest bit of scrutiny is likely why in the 2002 re-release of his book Kaysing changed his story in various ways, including claiming that the engines on the Saturn V actually did work and that Collins, Aldrin, and Armstrong did go to space after all, instead of going to hang out with strippers in Vegas. He then states that all three men orbited the planet while pre-recorded, not live, footage was shown on Earth.

Despite, to put it mildly, straining credibility on pretty much everything he said from start to finish and him providing absurdly specific details, generally without bothering to provide any evidence whatsoever backing up these claims and changing those specific details frequently over time, Kaysing’s book and subsequent work nonetheless helped spawn the still thriving moon landing hoax conspiracy theory.

As for Kaysing, he didn’t stop there. He continued to sporadically come up with new allegations against NASA, including that the agency murdered the astronauts and teacher aboard the Challenger explosion. Why would they do this when the whole Christa McAuliffe thing was supposed to be a publicity stunt to get the public more interested in space travel, science, and what NASA was doing? According to Kaysing, “Christa McAuliffe, the only civilian and only woman aboard, refused to go along with the lie that you couldn’t see stars in space. So they blew her up, along with six other people, to keep that lie under wraps…”

Speaking of things that Kaysing said that are ridiculously easy to debunk with even a modicum of effort, we feel obligated to point out that Christa McAuliffe was not the only woman on board. NASA astronaut Judith Resnik was also killed in that tragedy.

Not stopping there, Kaysing also claimed the deaths of the Apollo 1 astronauts were intentional as one or more of the astronauts aboard was about to blow the whistle on the upcoming hoax plan. We feel obligated to point out here that, as previously mentioned, he also used this fire as evidence of NASA lacking expertise to get a man to the moon… Meaning according to Kaysing this fire was somehow both intentional to murder a few astronauts and also accidental owing to NASA’s incompetence.

Moving swiftly on, NASA officials also apparently had others killed, including safety inspector at North American Aviation Thomas Baron who wrote a report on NASA safety protocol violations after that tragic Apollo 1 fire.

It’s at this point, we should probably note that in the 1990s Kaysing decided to sue Jim Lovell. You see, in 1996 Lovell publicly stated “The guy is wacky. His position makes me feel angry. We spent a lot of time getting ready to go to the moon. We spent a lot of money, we took great risks, and it’s something everybody in this country should be proud of.”

Lovell also wrote to Kaysing asking him to “Tear up your manuscript and pursue a project that has some meaning. Leave a legacy you can be proud of, not some trash whose readers will doubt your sanity.”

Unwilling to stand for his good name being publicly besmirched, Kaysing naturally sued Lovell for defamation, though the case was eventually dismissed and nothing ever came of it.

Kaysing continued to assert that the moon landings were a hoax right up until his death in 2005, in between writing books on cookery, motorcycle safety, farming, taxes, survival, how to subsist on very little money, and travel guides, as well as making occasional appearances on such shows as Oprah expounding on his conspiracy theory work.

On the side he also promoted micro-housing as a solution for homeless people and ran a cat sanctuary called “FLOCK”, standing for “For the Love of Cats and Kittens”. So, yes, Kaysing was a man whose passions included micro housing, cats, survival, travel, living off almost nothing, and rapidly coming up with conspiracy theories. If only he’d been born later or the interwebs invented sooner, this man could have been an internet superstar.

Whatever the case, Kaysing’s death understandably garnered a mixed reaction from the scientific community, with few finding the ability to muster much sympathy for a man who accused NASA of murdering people.

Gone but not forgotten, Kaysing’s ideas have actually gained in popularity in recent years, particularly among younger generations according to various polls, such as one done by space consultant Mary Dittmar in 2005 showing that 25% of people 18-25 doubted man had ever walked on the moon.

This is all despite the fact that it’s never been easier to definitively debunk Kaysing’s various assertions. Not just via reading the countless explanations by scientists definitively addressing point by point every idea ever put forth by moon landing conspiracy theorists, there’s also the fact that there are literally pictures taken in the last decade showing clear evidence of some of the equipment sitting on the moon, including for the Apollo 11, 14, 15, 16, and 17 landing sites. Even in some cases showing the tracks left by the astronauts and the shadows from the flags planted themselves.

Naturally, moon landing deniers simply claim these photos too were faked, although why China, India, and Japan should cater to NASA on this one when they independently took pictures of their own verifying the moon landings is anybody’s guess.

We’ll have much, much more on all this in an upcoming article on How Do We Know Man Really Walked on the Moon?

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NASA FAKED MOON LANDINGS (documentary)

THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MOON LANDINGS (REAL NASA CONSPIRACY DOCUMENTARY) It’s now been nearly four decades since Neil Armstrong took his . NASA FAKED MOON LANDINGS – LUNAR HOAX – SCIENTIFIC PROOF (REAL CONSPIRACY DOCUMENTARY) Bill Kaysing worked for Rocketdyne, the . Moon landing conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories which claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were faked.

The folly of conspiracy theories

By Andrew Hobbs

For many, many years, ever since their happenings in 1969, the space landings have been the source of outrageous conspiracy theories and accusations, made by outrageous people and theorists, going out of their way to prove the moon landings never happened and, in some cases, they are completely absurd and clearly have not been thought through like they should have been. On the other hand, some of the theories and conspiracies these unique individuals have come up with seem like the theorist has spent their whole lives devoted to arguing that the moon landings never happened by completing crazy, unneeded calculations and arguments that, while they are impressive and persuasive at first glance, have some pretty obscene weaknesses.

In November 2018, Stephen Z. Nemo from Communities Digital News wrote an article regarding a poll run in Russia, The United States, and Britain. The poll says that of the American population, 7% of people do not believe that men landed on the moon in July 1969. That percentage seems relatively small, however, the poll was also conducted in Britain and Russia. In Britain, the poll states that nearly 52% of citizens do not believe that the United States put men on the moon, and that percentage climbs to 57% in Russia, that percentage including Vladimir Putin himself, Russia’s current president. What theories and conspiracies have been created and presented that, when looked into by the average citizen, persuade them that the moon landings were faked?

An example of one of these outrageous buffoons is the late Bill Kaysing, a scientist and person in charge of calculations at RocketDyne Rocket Engines, as well has holding security clearances with the United States Air Force and the Atomic energy Commission. Kaysing held this position up until a few years before the first manned landing on the moon when he resigned in 1963. Mr. Kaysing is seen as the father of the moon landing hoax theory, and is worshipped as a god in the eyes of moon landing conspiracy theorists. Kaysing wrote and published his book, We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle, in July 1976, less than 4 years after the last manned landing on the moon. In that book, Kaysing makes ridiculous claims attempting to back up his thesis, being that America wasted the money and never actually landed on the moon.

One of Kaysing’s biggest shortfalls in his claim, however, is that, despite having an entire 206 page book to fill with empty thought and evidence, he relies on one claim, and that is that America, nor the rest of humanity, possessed the technology needed to land men on the moon. Now, most people might look back and be like, “Yeah, that is a good point, we were not very technologically advanced in the 60s and 70s”, but let us look deeper into this empty claim. Humanity as a whole as advanced hundreds of thousands of miles in the last present decade in terms of technology and new ideas. Kaysing resigned in ‘63 and the first launch for a man to land on the moon was not until the middle of ‘69. Kaysing also relies on a calculation that he conducted in early 1962, where his math shows that there was a 0.02% chance of humans landing on the moon when they did, but how come that could not have changed? When Kaysing resigned in 1963, away went his security clearances, causing him to not ‘be in the loop’ any longer with what was going on, so how come a lot of different advancements could not have been made in that 6 year time frame? Or even the seven-year time frame from when he produced his original calculations of the probability of landing on the moon? While Kaysing was a brilliant man in his field, he did not quite think through his reasonings of why, “there is no way we landed on the moon,” when writing his books on the topic.

For an example of a theorist with too much time on their hands, presented to you is The author of ocii.com’s, Various other Apollo Image Anomalies, where the unnamed author and an internet alias named NiteCaty TRY to say that the moon landing footage, along with the pictures, were faked and were actually filmed/taken in a studio in Hollywood. Now, there are a lot of theorists that believe this statement is true, however this unnamed author and NiteCaty are truly, with all sincerity, a new breed of buffoon. This pair of moon hoax theorists take the reported angle of the horizon on the moon, (recorded by the International Space Station), and the angle of the horizon from Earth, and compare it to the pictures take of the sunrise by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong while they were on the moon, and attempt to say that the horizon of the moon is actually 0.1 degrees off, stating that the moon landings, and the corresponding pictures, were faked. 0.1 degrees. An opinionated statement on what NiteCaty did in their calculations, and what the unnamed author double-checked, is not even necessary to explain how absolutely bogus their statements are. In their joint article, there are some other calculations that give slightly more leniency, however they are all done with the same process. The same bogus process.

Let us just assume that these two are onto something in their research and highly extensive calculations. In order to be able to make these kinds of calculations, they needed some background information, and some of the needed information was included in their findings, but not one of the biggest: they never took into account the curvature of the lens, or, the time of year that the pictures were taken. Those are arguably the two most important pieces to the research, and they are completely overlooked. If one does not already know, the cameras sent to the moon with the astronauts were, obviously, not the cameras that are available to the public today, but instead had a very large curvature on the lens, providing a larger field of view, allowing the astronauts to acquire larger photos in order for scientists to more easily analyze in the labs. Also, depending on the time of year, the Earth and the moon are in different positions in relation to each other, this alone, rendering the research done by these two theorists practically useless, and just like their predecessors work, an empty thought.

Now, while these are only two examples of the many, many, conspiracies and conspiracy theorists surrounding the moon landings from 1969 to 1972, they are perhaps the strongest in terms of claim on one hand, and who created it on the other. The basis of all of the theorists work, and all of their findings, seem to always be the same; that being, the largest pieces of evidence and/or pieces of their overall research, being left out and merely overlooked. It always seems that every conspiracy theorist is not a theorist at all, but merely a producer of empty thoughts and research, just hoping to find a way to argue on part of their behalf.

(source: https://www.tdn-net.com/opinion/editorials/60967/the-folly-of-conspiracy-theories )