Is NASA telling the truth on moon landings? There were 12 Apollo missions between 1967 and 1972 (Apollo 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17). There is a claim that NASA faked the 6 manned landings and that the 12 astronauts never actually walked on the moon. This claim, believed true by many people, got a shot in the arm in 2001 when Fox television network released a documentary titled Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?
The origin of these allegations can be traced back to 1976 to a self-published book by Bill Kaysing- We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle. The book claims that the chance of a successful moon landing is about 0.0017%, and it would have easier for NASA to fake the landings than to actually send the spacecraft. Thereafter, many conspiracists raised questions of varied degree on the evidence presented by NASA for moon landings.
There are three main theories regarding the motives of NASA and the US government for faking these missions:
- Winning the Space Race: Successful moon landings would signal a significant national and technological accomplishment in the time of Cold War with the Soviet Union.
- Securing funding: Kaysing in his book claimed that the funding of about US $30 billion could have been used to “pay off” many people. In fact, between 1960 and 1973, 34% of the total NASA budget of US $56.6 billion was spent on the Apollo program.
- Diverting the attention from Vietnam War: The American Patriot Friends Network claimed that the landings helped the US government divert public attention from the Vietnam War.
Although there are many third-party evidences which confirm that moon landings did indeed happen, these speculations and conspiracy theories do present an interesting thought.
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