A Russian team of engineers has built a micro-satellite to capture HD photos of the moon surface to find out the truth behind the moon landings of the late 60s.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 and its three-man crew successfully became the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. Or so we’re told. Lunar skeptics have been around since the moon landing, claiming the U.S. Government faked the landings to top the Russians and finally end the space race.
The Moon Landing Conspiracy
The U.S. Government faking the Apollo 11 landing is one of the more popular “hoaxes” out there. Sure, people think Bigfoot exists, the Loch Ness Monster is chilling in Great Britain, and chemtrails (the exhaust trails behind jet engines) are actually deliberately sprayed to poison the general public. The History Channel even has an entire series dedicated to proving the existence of Ancient Aliens. Some episodes are quite convincing. I recommend the episode on the Mayan civilization. However, none of these have gained the traction or popularity that the Moon Landing Hoax has.
The Internet and Anonymity
The internet likely has a lot to do with the popularity growth of the conspiracies and hoaxes currently out there. Anonymity helps anyone speak their mind. Nobody can smell the whiskey on the breath of the guy living in his mother’s basement, spewing out “facts” on his website. The woman who spends her time searching out Bigfoot in the forests of the northwest United States might never have found a club of enthusiasts just like her without that 1990s AOL chatroom. Anonymous internet activity is to conspiracy theorists what the Green Dragon Tavern was to American Revolutionists in the late 1700s. It’s a place to discuss ideas held by the few without the consequences from the many.
Moon Landing Hoax
The Moon Landing Hoax has found its way into MythBusters episodes, Time magazine, and YouTube. A popular theory involves filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, the brain behind the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Eyes Wide Shut. Others involve the flag movement in space even though it should be still, the astronaut shadows, or the original filming being lost. A 1999 Gallup poll revealed that 6% percent of Americans believe the landings never happened. Another 5% are not sure. That’s 11% of Americans who need more evidence to believe in the original landing. If this many Americans could be convinced, I’d imagine a poll in Russia would reveal at least as many hoax supporters.
How They Plan to Find Answers
The team of Russian engineers hopes to find (or not find) physical remains of the original Apollo 11 landing on the surface of the moon. To do this, they would send a micro-satellite to the moon to capture high-resolution photos. From the video report on the Russian engineers and their idea, it sounds like they were tired of the internet debates on the subject and wanted to put it to rest for good. Learn more about the project here. The Moscow-based engineers believe they would only need around $15,000 to complete the venture. And they are already at that level of funding. The satellite not requiring their own rockets influences the low cost.
Of course, people tend to be stubborn when it comes to their opinions and beliefs. I’d go find a study to back that up, but I doubt you need convincing. Try debating politics sometime if you need evidence. If the hoax is debunked through new photos, someone will likely come forward with convincing evidence that these new photos were doctored, just like the originals. That’s just the way of things. Maybe the footprints found won’t be of astronauts but Bigfoot’s. Maybe Lady Loch Ness summers on the dark side of the moon and we’ll finally see her. Regardless of what is discovered, any high-resolution imagery of the moon would be worth the project. HD imagery of the moon’s surface has yet to be captured even 40+ years after the original landing.