The Lunar Landing Hoax Theory - Evidence Pro and Con

analytical Essay
1339 words
1339 words

The Lunar Landing Hoax Theory - Evidence Pro and Con

A cash reward of $100,000 was offered to anyone who could prove, with conclusive physical evidence, the existence of the moon. This reward still remains unclaimed ("The Moon-The Real Truth"). After all, how does one know for sure the moon even exists? Even if it does exist, how does one prove it? That's what NASA set out to do in the late 1960's.

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong planted the first human footprints in the lunar soil. The United States had accomplished their goal in sending men to the moon. They managed to not only send them 238,857 mi. (384,403 km) into space to our neighbor celestial body, but also send them back with a successful flight to our mother earth. This seems like a difficult task for a country that was behind Russia in space exploration at the time.

So, did NASA actually have enough technology to do this? Even though many Americans believe that the United States sent men to the moon in 1969, there are a few who believe that the moon landing was a hoax. A 1999 Gallup poll showed that 6% of Americans have doubts about the moon landing. Even though 6% of Americans doesn't sound like a lot, it translates to millions of people (Plait). It would have been easier to fake all the photographs in the Nevada desert in Area 51 than to actually perform the mission to the moon. However, NASA did indeed have the technology in the late 1960's to send men to the moon, and all the evidence they brought back proves it.

On July 16, 1969 the space ship Apollo 11 left from Kennedy Space Center en route to the moon. The crew consisted of Neil A. Armstrong, the commander; Edwin E. Aldrin, the jr. lunar module pilot; and Michael Collins, the commander module pilot...

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...aphs and videos ("Proof"). This is a matter of physics.

No one can physically prove that the US landed on the moon. So, will Americans ever know the real truth about the moon landings? What one's eyes see, one believes. So, from all the evidence that NASA obtained, it proves that they really did send men to the moon in 1969.

Works Cited

"Apollo Investigation." Aulis online. 11 Feb. 2001. 9 Dec. 2001 <>.

Dumoulin, Jim. "Apollo 11." Kennedy Space Center Launching A Vision. 12 Dec. 2001. 13 Dec. 2001 <>.

"The Moon-The Real Truth." Reptilian Research. 9 Dec. 2001 <>.

Plait, Phil. "Fox TV and the Apollo Moon Hoax." Bad Astronomy. 3 Dec. 2001. 6 Dec. 2001 <>.

"Proof." Red Zero. 8 Sept. 2001. 6 Dec. 2001 <>.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that nasa set out to prove the existence of the moon in the late 1960's.
  • Explains that many americans believe that the united states sent men to the moon in 1969, but a 1999 gallup poll showed that 6% of americans have doubts about the lunar landing.
  • Explains that apollo 11 left from kennedy space center en route to the moon on july 16, 1969. the astronauts set a united states flag up, performed miscellaneous tests, and gathered rock samples.
  • Explains that in every picture taken of the moon, there are no stars in the night sky. without air, the sky is black.
  • Explains that in order to capture a bright object on film, the film speed has to be fast, so the negative won't be overexposed. the moon's surface is extremely bright, and the stars are faint objects.
  • Argues that there should have been a blast crater under the lunar lander, because the rocket would have exerted an extreme pressure on the moon's surface.
  • Explains that the rocket could produce 10,000 pounds of thrust when at full throttle, but the astronauts eased it onto the lunar surface.
  • Explains that crosshairs are black crosses that are located in every photograph taken on the moon.
  • Analyzes how white parts bleed into the film around them, making them look white too. in the lunar photographs, the white object fills in the black crosshair.
  • Explains that in the videos and pictures of the lunar landing, an astronaut raises a flag. the flag is waving, referring to the fact that there is wind moving it.
  • Analyzes how the astronaut is rotating the pole on which the flag is mounted, so that it wouldn't hang limply and unattractively down the side pole.
  • Argues that nasa's evidence proves that the us sent men to the moon in 1969.
  • Cites aulis online's "apollo investigation" and "the moon-the real truth" from kennedy space center launching a vision.
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