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5 Theories and Conspiracies Debunked

30 Nov 2018, 16:52 UTC
5 Theories and Conspiracies Debunked
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Article written by: Tom Watts, PhD Student, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
For this article we will be looking at five common theories and conspiracies, and giving our scientific insight into them. Below are the five topics we will cover.

The Apollo moon landings were faked
Flat Earth
Climate change
Planet X is going to kill us all
Aliens


The Moon Landings Were Faked
On July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first of just 12 people to step foot on a celestial body that wasn’t Earth. This first step fulfilled the goal set by President John F. Kennedy just 8 years previously, and for many signalled the end of the Space Race with the Soviet Union.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, climbing down the LEM. Image Credit: NASA
In this iconic photo of Buzz Aldrin climbing down the ladder to the Moon’s surface, we see no stars in the sky, despite it being a deep, inky black. Some people think this lack of stars is evidence that the landings were faked here on Earth. In fact this is because the surface is bright, and the camera takes the photo so quickly that the ...

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