The John F. Kennedy Assassination and the Moonlanding
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the most devastating events in our nation’s history. John F. Kennedy, also known as JFK, became America’s 35th president when he was elected in 1960. Soon after being elected, Kennedy made it a goal to land a man on the moon. As promised, in 1969, Apollo 11 did just that. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were the astronauts that were sent into orbit and eventually landed on the moon (Dunbar). These two events helped shape our nation’s history, and were very important in characterizing that time period. There are several different theories on the death of John F. Kennedy and the landing of the moon. After clinching the victory of the election in 1960, it was time for Kennedy…show more content… Even though he did not survive long enough to see it happen, his promise was kept, and a man stepped on the moon in 1969. As Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon he said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” (Dunbar). Even with this statement and millions of witnesses watching on TV, some people do not believe the “small step for a man” actually happened. Many people think that the whole thing was a giant hoax. Several people think that it is possible the NASA paid $30 billion for the whole thing to be filmed in a movie studio. The group of people that believe this feels that it is impossible that the United States had the technology to actually land a man on the moon. They think that the United States wanted to establish their leadership role for the rest of the world to see because it was in the middle of the Cold War times.
The idea of this conspiracy was all started by a book entitled We Never Went to the Moon. The book was written and published by Bill Kaysing who is a former aerospace technical writer. This launched a several other authors to write books to sway the opinion of Americans. Other books such as Moongate: Suppressed Findings of the U.S. Space Program by William L. Brian and NASA Mooned America by Ralph Rene are just two examples of the several books out there trying to convince Americans that NASA did not really land a man on the moon. However, despite their efforts, only