One Small Step For Man or One Big Lie?

    “One small step for man” (First Moon Landing 1969): those five words made Americans so proud in July 1969, as they watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.  They had finally beaten the Soviets at something in the space race and the moon was the biggest prize of all! But for those who have closely examined the technology and the videos and photos, it becomes clear that we are just victims of an elaborate hoax.

    American officials had to have had an immense motive to attempt to deceive the whole world by faking the moon landing, and they did. The U.S. and the Soviet Union were in the midst of the Cold War. In the last 50 years the U.S. had fought in two World Wars and there was great fear that they may soon enter a war with the USSR in the atomic age. Both countries were competing in a space race, which the Americans were losing. In 1957, the Soviets sent the first satellite to space and in the same year, the first living creature, a dog. On April 12, 1961, to the despair of the Americans, the Soviets were first to send a human to space.   As a result, on May 25, 1961 the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy said, “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth” (May 25, 1961: JFK’s Moon Shot Speech to Congress). The Soviets were also working on a moon project, but did so quietly incase they failed.  Coincidently, the Americans landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, shortly before JFK’s end of the decade deadline. During the entire Space Race, America and the Soviet Union was neck and neck but the Soviet Union was never able to reach the moon manned or unmanned. The Americans landed on the moon 6 times until December 14, 1972 when NASA announced it was  canceling the next three Apollo missions. Intriguingly, this was done immediately after the Soviets said that they had the technology to track deep space travel.

    The 1960s was regarded as a time of technological discoveries. Some of the inventions of the 1960s include, the audio cassette, the lava lamp, easy bake oven, hand held calculator, the single-chip microprocessor and home smoke detector (60s inventions).  By comparing these to the 1960s invention of a manned spaceship capable of landing on the moon and returning, shows that it is outrageously out of place. It was not until the 1980s that far less complicated technology such as personal computers and cell phones were invented.  That the lunar landing supposedly happened, at the time of the great hand held calculator invention, is too unrealistic to be believed.

    Many have admired that photos of the astronaut’s footprints clearly visible on the moon’s surface or the wheel tracks of the moon rover, showing man’s presence there.  The astronauts compared the moon dust to “talcum powder or wet sand” (Who Morns for Apollo?). However, shockingly there are no blast craters or even holes under the lunar module.  The module required 3000 lbs. of engine thrust to slow it’s decent to softly land on the moon (Apollo missions) . Similarly, it required the thrusters force to take off from the moon and yet at neither time did the engines send dust, rocks and sand flying.  Photos of the landing site show the lander on its footings with the ground below it undisturbed, but with astronaut footprints all around.

    Examination of the photos provides additional evidence of the moon landing hoax.  On the moon the only light source is the sun, meaning that all the shadows would be in one direction. In several of NASA’s pictures of the moon landings there are competing shadows. For example, in one photo (Competing Shadows In The moon Landing Photos) you can see a shadow of an astronaut and a shadow of equipment but the astronaut’s shadow leans right, while the equipment’s shadow leans left, but how could this be, unless there was artificial lights being used.   There are also photos, supposedly taken miles apart, with identical backgrounds and rocks in the same place suggesting that the same backdrop was used for various photos.

Shockingly, it is the statements of some NASA astronauts that provide strong evidence to support the theory of a faked moon landing.  Many people have questioned the absence of stars in the background of moon landing photos. NASA has explained that they did not have the correct setting on the camera to capture the stars (Why Aren’t There Stars In The Moon Landing Photos) but in an interview in 1970 Neil Armstrong stated that “the sky is a deep black when viewed from the moon” (Sir Patrick Moore interviews Neil Armstrong).  Yet in 2014, Mike Massimino, NASA space shuttle astronaut, commented “pretty much all the time, you can see the stars” (ISS Mailbag Episode 2 – Part 3). His comment contradicts Neil Armstrong’s statement entirely. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, who has had long stays on the International Space Station, said in 2017, “I’d go to the moon in a nanosecond, the problem is we don’t have that technology anymore.” Where did the technology go? It’s been almost 50 years since the “moon landing” so how do we have less technology?  A return to the moon should be much easier now as we could use some of the STEM information from the previous moon landings. However in 2015, Terry Virts, a NASA Space Shuttle pilot said “right now we can only fly in Earth orbit, that is the farthest that we can go. This new system that we are building is going to allow us to go beyond and hopefully take humans into the solar system to explore, so the Moon, Mars, asteroids.” If we can not fly out of Earth’s orbit then how, in 1969 did we go to the moon?

The Google Lunar $30 million X Prize, which challenged teams to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon, move it 500 meters and send photos and videos back to earth, was announced in 2007.  The five finalists were privately funded teams from Florida, Japan, Israel, India and an international team. Some had considerable funding as they planned to exploit lunar resources. The deadline was originally set for the end of 2012, but X Prize pushed it back repeatedly as teams needed more time.  Prize X Founder, Peter Diamandis announced on January 23, 2018 that “after close consultation with our five finalist, we have concluded that no team will make a launch attempt to reach the moon by the March 31, 2018, deadline,” (Xprize Moon Race Ends). So the moon race ended with no winner. In the 21 century, several teams had more than 10 years to devise an unmanned spacecraft that could land on the moon, move and project images and not one was capable of doing this, even with a huge cash incentive.  Yet, incredibly, we are to believe that in the 1960s, in less than 10 years, scientists developed the technology to land men on the moon, travel miles, while broadcasting live and returned them safely to earth.

The moon is something we see everyday when the day gets dark and the stars shine. In spite of seeing this beautiful site everyday we want more, we want to go to it.   The American government put so much pressure on itself to do the impossible, so much pressure that they had to reach their goal, because their goal was now their country’s goal.  When they realized that they didn’t have the technology to achieve a moon landing, they refused to admit they had failed. Instead, they carefully scripted a live performance to amaze the world, but not carefully enough.  


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