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It's Official - U.S. Did Land On Moon

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:31:05 -0400
Archived: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:31:05 -0400
Subject: It's Official - U.S. Did Land On Moon

Source: The Guardian - UK


Wednesday November 6, 2002

It's Official - US Did Land On Moon

Oliver Burkeman in New York
The Guardian

The US moon landings, as any good conspiracy theorist knows,
were staged on a movie set by Americans eager to outstrip the
Russians in the space race. You can tell because the flag they
plant there ripples in a gust of wind, because the film-makers
forgot to include stars in the night sky and because Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have never spoken about their lunar

But in a move the doubters will surely dismiss as just another
plank in the conspiracy, Nasa has finally been goaded into
responding. The space agency is to launch a publication setting
out the evidence that the 1969 Apollo landing really did take
place, Nasa's former chief historian told the Guardian
yesterday, in response to a flood of questions from school
students and their teachers. "Hardcore conspiracy theorists,"
Roger Launius said, "are not the audience - nobody believes you
can convince them of anything. But teachers are always saying
they were asked in class and want to know how to respond."

The missing stars are easily dealt with: the photographs in
question also show Earth, a huge patch of brightness hard to
combine on the same exposure with dimmer flickering lights.
Awkwardly for those who see evidence of deception, Armstrong and
Aldrin have both spoken of the mission.

The rippling flag is explained as follows: the astronauts had to
twist the flagpole to insert it into the moon's surface, and
doing so caused it to ripple. In the absence of any atmosphere,
the rippling continued long after they had moved away.

Mr Launius said he was of two minds as to whether the monograph
- which will be written by aeronautics engineer James Oberg -
 might end up giving the urban legends more credibility.

Queries surged after the Fox television network ran a programme
last year called Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?,
and the issue re-emerged two months ago when the leading
proponent of the theory, filmmaker Bart Sibrel, confronted Mr
Aldrin, 72, at a hotel in Beverly Hills. When he demanded that
the astronaut swear on a Bible that he had walked on the moon,
Mr Aldrin opted to punch Mr Sibrel in the face.

[UFO UpDates thanks www.theanomalist.com for the lead]

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