The Green Scene- The Moon Landing Hoax
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Moon Landing: The Great American Hoax
Just about everyone is familiar with the iconic words that astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered as he stepped onto the lunar surface for the first time: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” Indeed, it was a giant leap, but in what direction?
The idea of a man hopping around on the moon is an amusing one, and though most people believe that this event actually took place, there are conspiracy theorists who believe that it was actually fabricated by the American government.
“I do not believe the moon landing was a hoax. To go to those extremes to convince us that it’s fake is….almost absurd. The amount of effort we’ve put into space exploration and the evidence we have that we’ve been in space reflects back on that,” said Amador Civics teacher Sam Weaver.
During the late 1960’s, America found itself tangled in a mess of global conflict and economic crisis. The Cold War was in full swing, pitting the United States and the Soviet Union against each other.
American morale was at an all-time low due to the Vietnam War. Americans cried out for peace and prosperity. The Soviet Union was beating us in the Space Race, and Americans were eager to explore the “final frontier.”
“I do not believe the first moon landing was staged. America’s got a huge ego, and to stage something like that would be so out of character for us. Also, the Soviets were probably keeping a close eye on the mission and were able to confirm themselves that it occurred,” says Anthony Rojas (‘17).
The “Space Race” (the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to develop superior spaceflight technologies) began in 1955 with the challenge to send satellites into orbit. The USSR managed to achieve this first, and soon after, they beat the United States in sending a human into space.
America appeared to be losing on all fronts. We desperately needed to make a comeback, to achieve something monumental and never-before-seen: we were going to send people to the moon.
However, technology necessary for such an undertaking did not exist at the time. Research would take years and billions of dollars that the United States could not spare. Sending men to the moon was more than impractical, but entirely necessary to preserve the image of a strong nation.
On July 20th, 1969, the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped forth onto the lunar surface for the first time. The Soviet Union was especially attentive, as they had been spending billions of dollars in research to achieve the same feat. Little did they know that this was the United States’ goal all along.
What better way to break a nation’s budget than to engage them in a battle of excessive government spending? Even more genius would be to do so, all the while only pretending to spend such enormous sums of money! After all, special effects are much more affordable than spaceflight.
Many conspiracy theorists have collected evidence and observations derived from the data collected on the lunar missions, coming to the conclusion that special effects were used and that the entire mission was staged. A great many anomalies have been noted in the photographs, video, and audio from the missions which suggest editing or fabrication, such as inconsistencies in lighting and background.
This claim isn’t too far fetched, all things considered: the United States had plenty of enemies to prove their superiority to, and very little money to do so with. To simply fabricate evidence would be both convincing and cost-effective!
It’s overall likely that men walked on the moon on that historic day in 1969. However, it would be foolish to disregard other possibilities, especially when presented with the evidence that contradicts such a lofty claim. Assume nothing, question everything.