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Moon Landing Celebrates 45 Years of Conspiracy Theories

It’s the 45th anniversary of the first (alleged) moon landing. Let’s revisit this monumental event that seems to have not impressed anyone.

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched out of Florida toward the moon. On board were three astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Neal Armstrong, and the often-overlooked but equally important Michael Collins.

After three days in flight, the ship entered lunar orbit. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin took the lunar module down to the moon while Collins stayed in orbit.

On July 21 at approximately 3 a.m. GMT, Neal Armstrong (allegedly) became the first man to walk on the moon.

While moon landing hoax theories have existed since as early as 1974, it wasn’t until 2001, when Fox aired a special called Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? that skepticism rose dramatically–according to Fox.

According to skeptics, the flag supposedly flaps, the shadows don’t match, there are no stars and no landing crater, the footprints are too perfect, there are wires on the space suits, unexplained cats, an intern in the shot, and so on and so on.

According to the experts: The flag is not flapping, its called inertia. The shadows are weird because it’s the moon. Any surface that can reflect the sun’s light (the earth, the space craft, the spacesuits) can potentially be a light source. The stars aren’t visible because they’re using cameras at a really fast exposure. That makes it hard to capture background light.

But whatever. Fake or not, moon landing, we salute you. Allegedly.

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