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I was looking for a late night Netflix romp last week and came across Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? I passed by a couple of times but finally bit. It’s actually fairly well put together. The show makes many arguments:

  1. If there is no wind on the moon, why is the flag waving?
  2. The shadows on the moon were in the wrong spots.
  3. If the Lunar Module lifted off from the moon’s surface, where is evidence of the blast?
  4. By speeding up the footage, the astronauts look like they are on the earth’s surface. The effect of gravity is evident.
  5. The cameras would be impossible to use on the moon’s surface. 
  6. It would be impossible to shield the astronauts from the moon’s radiation. 

There were more. Helmets, footprints, and the technology itself were called into question. It was an hour long special. Presented in a convincing manner. But at the end of the show, I still couldn’t shake that it would be almost impossible to keep all of NASA quiet on this one. To make the theory work, it would take a few thousand people to pull off a faked moon landing. Actors. Multiple sets. Film crew. It might be easier to actually land on the moon, which is where Occam’s Razor comes in. The simplest solution is usually correct.

At the end of the documentary, it does note that the Japanese would have a satellite with a powerful enough camera circle the moon in about ten years. Then, we would know for sure. As this was filmed in 2001, it was pretty easy to check. No waiting involved.

Yes, Neil Armstrong did take one giant leap for mankind.

It’s amazing the leaps some will take to prove a point. In the era of fake news and shoddy reporting, this is a lesson worth noting. Dig deep. Support those that do. Buy a subscription to your magazine of choice. There are some good ones out in the wild.