I’ve used this blog to deal with all sorts of ridiculous claims, dogmas and political crap over the past decade or so. Now my attention turns to lunar landing denialists.
According to these lunatics, NASA faked the moon landings as part of a vast conspiracy. Why they would ever claim such a thing is a mystery to me, but I guess some people just take comfort in believing that humans are simply not capable of achieving such feats. They need to grow up.
For the latest manifestation of such insanity, read this story:
Wild conspiracy theory claims that Apollo moon landing was ‘faked,’ touts new ‘photo’ evidence
Despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary, conspiracy theorists have claimed for years that man did not walk on the moon, that the landings were fake. That theory has surfaced again, thanks to a new “picture” posted to YouTube that alleges the last moon landing, one from Apollo 17, was staged.
The video, which shows a picture that was allegedly taken in December 1972, is named “Reflection in a Visor.” The person who posted it, using the user name Streetcap1, claims that there is a reflection of a stagehand on the helmet of one of the astronauts.
At 21 seconds into the video, Streetcap1 points out what this person believes is someone not wearing a spacesuit. “I thought it looked a bit strange, so I took a picture of it using my software,” Streetcap 1 said in the video.
He added that it appears to be “a figure of a human not wearing a spacesuit, circa early 70s… Apollo 17 photograph.”
Streetcap1 goes on to say that he believes the object in the astronaut’s helmet looks like a man with long hair.
“You can see some sort of, it looks like a man, back in the early 70s, long hair, wearing some sort of waistcoat-type thing… and a shadow of that figure presumably.”
Comments appear split on the video, with many saying the object being pointed out is indeed an astronaut wearing a spacesuit. Others, however, seemed to side with Streetcap1, with one commenter writing: “Omg goodness. Congratulations Street cap1. Making world news. Amazing find xx”
Apollo 17 was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program and was launched at 12:33 a.m. ET on Dec. 7, 1972 with Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt on board.
They spent two weeks in space, returning to Earth on Dec. 19, 1972.
Apollo 17 is notable for a number of reasons, including being the last time mankind has ever gone past Earth’s low-orbit. It is the first mission without a test pilot, it holds the record for longest moon landing, longest total moonwalks, largest lunar sample and the longest time spent in lunar orbit.
Conspiracy theories have continued to pop up since man first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to ever set foot on the lunar surface.
On the description of the video itself on YouTube, Streetcap1 says: “There is no backpack on the figure and even allowing for visual distortion due to the visor, surely you would see a backpack because they were extremely large.”
No they weren’t. Here is another photo of an astronaut on the moon.
Like the first one, this pic includes a reflection of another astronaut on the visor of the actual subject of the photo. Note that on the subject, the backpack is seen, but it is NOT “extremely large”.
Here is another example, this time a side view allowing the backpack to be seen more clearly:
Again, the backpack does not seem to be “extremely large”. Indeed, it could not have been or the astronaut would have been unable to move about while wearing it.
When I look at the reflected figure in the first pic, an astronaut in a spacesuit is exactly what I see, and nothing else. Of course, the reflection is extremely blurry, so it really is not sufficient evidence to prove anything.
So why does streetcap1 claim otherwise? Why does he make such an assertion that is sheer nonsense with evidence as flimsy as his video?
BECAUSE HE IS A LIAR, OF COURSE! When you have an agenda not based on reality or genuine ethics to push, you are usually willing to tell any lie to promote it, regardless of its lack of merit. That’s true in dogmatic religion, political ideology, or even other conspiracy theories. But only hard evidence, clearly discovered and described via scientific methods and defended via peer review, can enable us to find truth and with it, ideologies and principles that allow for the highest forms of justice in the world.