Video: Moon hoax not

Don’t believe the moon landings were real? Go ahead. Watch this.

In the video above, filmmaker SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s couldn’t have been faked. He’s talking about it from a filmmaker’s point of view, so he doesn’t try to debunk the many arguments conspiracy theorists have put forth to “prove” we didn’t go to the moon. He just explains why it wouldn’t have been possible to fake it, from the standpoint of the footage on the moon itself.

If you’re looking for counter-arguments to conspiracy theorists’ claims that the moon landings were faked, try this page of moon conspiracy theories, debunked, from History.com.

The History.com page goes through various claims by conspiracy theorists, including the now-disproven idea that film director Stanley Kubrick – whose film “2001: A Space Odyssey” was a major hit in 1968, one year before the first moon landing – helped NASA fake the moon landing footage. If you’re specifically interested in the Kubrick side of the moon landing conspiracy theory, also try this page from Snopes: Did Stanley Kubrick Fake the Moon Landings?

The History.com page leaves out one of the biggest arguments conspiracy theorists always pull out while claiming we didn’t really go to the moon. That is the argument that the astronauts “could not possibly” have made it through the dangerous Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. And yet they did survive, and, in fact, radiation dosimeters carried by Apollo astronauts showed their total dosage for the entire trip to the moon and return was not more than 2 rads over six days (you’d need a dose of over 100 rads to cause immediate acute effects from radiation poisoning; doses over 1,000 rads are nearly always fatal). Basically, they survived because they went through fast, along a path designed to give them as little exposure to radiation as possible. NASA provides a detailed answer to the question of how it was possible for the astronauts to survive the journey through that realm of space in a pdf titled The Deadly Van Allen belts?

Want more? Listen in, as the first humans land on the moon

Be forewarned: No evidence will satisfy a conspiracy theorist who believes the moon landings were faked. In fact, in my experience, conspiracy theorists are peculiarly immune to any scientific evidence that does not support their claims.

Astronaut in space suit in front of the boxy, partly gold lunar lander on a gray rocky landscape.

Image from the Apollo 11 moon landing. Conspiracy theorists often claim the moon landings were “faked” because the shadows in the pictures “aren’t right;” on the moon, where there’s no air, those objects in shadow “shouldn’t be visible,” they claim. That would be true if the sun were the only source of illumination in the pictures. But it wasn’t. On the day of the first moon landing – July 20, 1969 – a crescent moon was visible in Earth’s sky. Because the moon and Earth are mirrors to each other in space, that means a nearly full Earth would have been visible in the sky from the moon. That nearly full Earth would have cast a lot of light on the moon, just as a nearly full moon casts light on an earthly landscape … you know how you can see your shadow at night, when there’s a bright moon in the sky? On July 20, 1969 – and in the days following that – earthlight would have scattered into the shadows on the moon, disproving the claims of conspiracy theorists.

Bottom line: A video from filmmaker SG Collins – and some other thoughts – on why the Apollo moon landings could not have been faked.

Deborah Byrd

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