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?
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.
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 created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.