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Belief in Apollo hoax conspiracy could grow

Posted on Tuesday, 30 April, 2019 | Comment icon 936 comments

The Apollo hoax conspiracy isn't going away anytime soon. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's former chief historian is concerned that more people will subscribe to the hoax theory as time goes on.
Arguably the most notorious conspiracy theory of all time, the idea that the Apollo Moon landings were a hoax is inexplicably still around despite an overwhelming body of evidence to the contrary.

Perhaps more unsettling however is the potential for belief in such a conspiracy to rise rather than fall over the coming years due to just how long ago the Apollo Moon landings actually took place.

According to Roger Launius, NASA's chief historian from 1990 to 2002, polls typically show that around 5% of Americans currently believe that the landings were faked.

"The thing that concerns me more and more about this is, as time passes and the Apollo landings are farther into the past and fewer people remember them, it might be easier to embrace these kinds of ideas," he said during a recent presentation.

It's certainly no surprise that the Internet - and in particular social media - has played a significant role in the proliferation of the Apollo hoax conspiracy and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon.

"Americans love conspiracy theories," said Launius.

With NASA aiming to send humans back to the Moon within as little as five years however, there is at least a chance that this particularly conspiracy theory could soon be put to bed once and for all.

Source: Space.com | Comments (936)

Tags: Moon, Hoax

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Comment icon #927 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 8 July, 2019, 10:27
For me its about the people who are on the fence about the Moon landings. I try to show that there are real world answers to all of the hoaxers objections. I don't expect to convince hard core hoax believers, but if I can convince one doubter that we did indeed go to the Moon I consider it to be worthwhile. You could say that the people who argue with the fruitcakes does so because they want to show facts. Once historical revisionism becomes mainstream we are on a very slippery slope.
Comment icon #928 Posted by Merc14 on 8 July, 2019, 12:51
It's not the F'ed in the heads people I worry about, they are, as you say, too far gone to salvage, it is the young skulls full of mush types that fall for this well packaged BS.  Hoaxers offer a tantalizing package of "obvious truths" that far to many gulp down hook, line and sinker and it is necessary for people to cut that fishing line and offer rational explanations for what is being debated.
Comment icon #929 Posted by Obviousman on 8 July, 2019, 22:06
Ditto. I know good people who have parroted hoax nonsense because, to them, it sounded right. When you ask if they checked the veracity of what they have been told, the answer is invariably "well, no". If you can provide a little more factual content, provide context, give alternative explanation... and back them up with easy to find references, etc - then you stand a chance at making that person start to apply critical thinking. They might just decide "Hmm - this is interesting - but how can i find out if it is true or just what some person has made up?". That being said, research has shown t... [More]
Comment icon #930 Posted by Merc14 on 8 July, 2019, 22:17
Comment icon #931 Posted by bknight on 13 July, 2019, 17:22
Well as we move ever closer to the 20th, I thought I would share some information with all, including Derek.  I was searching for some information concerning the DSKY for a reply on apollohoax.net.  I found a copy of a memo  http://tindallgrams.net/70-PA-T-1A where I got an somewhat of an answer to a question to Derek earlier concerning changes to AGC programs prior to A13 launch, since "John" told him that the computer was not up to snuff or words to that effect: This is the first time I have ever read such information.  In no way does this indicate that the programs were not sufficient to la... [More]
Comment icon #932 Posted by Obviousman on 13 July, 2019, 23:51
Reading the mission report and the Tindallgram, I would say it was associated with the loss of visibility in the last phase of the landing, so that they can - in P66 - have the PGNCS maintain zero horizontal and lateral movement, and allowing the CDR to use the RoD switch to perform a 'vertical' landing.
Comment icon #933 Posted by pixiii on 14 July, 2019, 4:37
Absolutely I agree.  These days people aren't happy with any sort of organisation stating this or that happened as most people require evidence to form some sort of an opinion otherwise it's just taking someone's word for it, which doesn't really cut it now.
Comment icon #934 Posted by bknight on 14 July, 2019, 12:23
Almost all if not all the information is available online, all one needs to do is search for whatever is required.  For example look at post #932 for the mission report of A12.  Those kinds of reports exists for all the missions.  For an Lunar surface image got to https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/ for information concerning a flight go to https://history.nasa.gov/afj/ .
Comment icon #935 Posted by Minimalists on 14 July, 2019, 17:34
You're better off arguing with your computer monitor than with trying to convince some of these CT Nutters of anything...They have a skewed view of things a government is out to get me syndrome...They take crap posted by these off the wall alternative news sites as the holy word when in reality it's fake news they buy into..Their mindsets are all the same, no matter how information goes against their belief you will never shake them from it.....Their rabbit holes run deep, their tunnels are mind boggling...
Comment icon #936 Posted by bknight on 14 July, 2019, 17:43
I couldn't agree with you more, but I post information links to casual reader who may not have gone to the dark side of life.

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