The Theory Of The Conspiracy Theory

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The door to the bulky module unlatched to a whirr, and from behind it emerged a figure cladded in white. “One giant leap for mankind,” the man uttered, as he descended the short flight of stairs down to ground level, disengaging his fishbowl helmet to the pleased “Cut!” of the director and the thrilled clapping of everyone else in the studio. This was Apollo 11 for the moon landing conspiracy theorists, who will swear by their beliefs despite the standard opinion of the television and the textbook. Minute details differ, but the foremost claim of the conspiracy theory goes something like this: in 1969, the United States was unable to perform a manned lunar landing, and therefore staged the Apollo missions in an attempt to defeat the…show more content…
As the New York Herald in Paris remarked, “It is difficult to fly. It is easy to say, ‘We have flown,’” two things fueled skepticism in the face of scientific achievement: a disbelief in technological capabilities, and a lack of demonstrable results. The Apollo missions extinguished both concerns. In terms of technology, hoax believers frequently mention the Soviets’ constant lead in the Space Race. They achieved many firsts, but were never able to send men to the moon; it seems logical, then, that this feat must have been beyond the Americans as well. But in reality, the United States was never far behind. In fact, by 1965, it overtook its rival, reaching many milestones that were key to manned lunar missions (e.g. space rendezvous). NASA, thus, was in a good position to travel to the moon—and to the moon it traveled. As noted in Lunar Rocks and Soils from Apollo Missions, it even brought back some souvenirs, in the form of 842 pounds of moon rocks. These samples possess unique properties unseen in any Earth counterparts, and to forge these rocks in such large volumes would have been impossible. Rocks aside, there are other reasons to believe in the moon landings as well: reflectors left on the lunar surface, or landing site imagery, to name a few. Surely, the validity of the landings lacks no evidence in support. Then again, the vast majority of us have never been in space, on the moon,
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