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Science is a complex subject and scientists do make mistakes as the Universe is so strange. But false conspiracies and bad science like this example make their job harder still.
"These people are doing a terrible disservice to the youngsters in education today"
... Buzz Aldrin; Apollo 11.
"Americans never landed on the moon? You might as well say America was never discovered!" Prof Brian Cox.
(Quotes from other Astronauts / Cosmonauts / Taikonauts / Scientists are very welcome).
Discussions take place in Schools, Universities, Buses & Bars around the world about this. Bad science can affect real science in the public domain. It can affect project budgets, potential career choices & public opinion on many scientific matters. On rare occasions, it has been taught in schools as fact so it can even affect exam results! It is important to put the record straight and bury this problem by using science that everybody can understand rather than the pure guesses that hoax supporters use; such people are fundamentally lazy and are dragged in to the world of conspiracies by others who know no better. I will not apologise for any of it! We even now have a US President who believes in false conspiracies and is making world changing decisions upon them.
Can flags really flap on the moon?
Why are there no stars in the dark lunar sky?
How can the astronauts survive the deadly radiation in space?
They couldn't have had the technology to go to the moon surely?
The moon rocks are fake aren't they?
They only stayed in earth orbit so there!
That Nazi Von Braun was behind it all!
And what about those wonky shadows?
A website & book (see books pages) is totally dedicated against the idea that the Moon Landings were just a big hoax. This is being sponsored and produced by The Astronomy Roadshow. This site is dedicated to the bravery of all the Mercury, Gemini & Apollo astronauts involved. Some lost their lives in training such as Elliott See, Charles Bassett, and the Apollo 1 crew. It is disgusting that some people just sit around, claim it was all fake and the astronauts were lying; from the comfort of their chairs. Other people who are not experts in this field start to believe them and spread this rumour further, then end up embarrassing themselves when they learn otherwise. Even some University students have been known to support the hoax which goes to show the true value of some of the courses today.
This is a pure scientific explanation of where the hoax supporters are going wrong. It is important to know the difference between real science and guess work. Nothing new will ever be invented or discovered otherwise. It is okay to have your head in the stars as long as your feet remain on the ground. This is the only way real science can be done.
Carl Sagan sums up very well the danger of living in a science based civilisation, full of people who don't understand or even interested in science itself.