Every once in a while, the conspiracy theory that NASA never went to the moon crops up. The idea apparently was featured in Great Britain during something called the Glastonbury Symposium, which discusses the paranormal, conspiracy theories, and related subjects. A conspiracy theorist called Marcus Allen expounded on the man never went to the moon theory. He based his supposition on two points. If NASA could go to the moon in the 1960s, then everyone would be doing it by 2017. Also, no one can survive going through the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Allen then threw down the gauntlet and demanded that NASA prove that it went to the moon 49 years ago.

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Faking the moon landing has become an urban legend

The scenario of the #Moon Landings being fakes, presumably filmed on a sound stage, has become kind of an urban legend among the credulous. NASA, Marcus Allen’s rantings aside, has already provided ample proof that the moon landings happened as advertised, even going to far as to provide images of the Apollo landing sites courtesy of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Private groups, such as the original Mythbusters, have offered further debunking.

The #Moon Landing was faked has acquired a curious Internet meme. The scenario is that Stanley Kubrick, the director of the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” agreed to fake the moon landing. However, he was such a perfectionist as a movie maker that he demanded that the project be shot on location.

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The gentle reader is invited to wrap his or her mind around that one for just a moment.

The definitive reason why the moon landings were not faked

One of the great ironies of the moon landing hoax conspiracy theory is that it turns out that it would have been harder to fake landing on the moon than it was to actually go to the moon. The video by filmmaker S.G. Collins of Post War Media describes in exhaustive detail why the videotape technology of the late 1960s was simply not up to the task of faking the moon landing.

The problem was not just a simple matter of putting the moon walk on tape, but rather faking it in such a way that appeared to be a live broadcast from the lunar surface. The broadcast, the most watched in history, at least up to that time, was about two and a half hours straight, uninterrupted. Videotape, that was used or TV broadcasts that were broken up by commercials, could not have been recorded for that long of time back in 1969.

So, men really did go to the moon, not once, but six times between 1969 and 1972. In the future, people will return and, presumably, visit the vicinity of the Apollo landing sites when, at last, the conspiracy theory will die a well-deserved death.