Approximately one billion people on Earth watched as the first human set foot on the moon 50 years ago on July 20, 1969.
This will long be remembered as a crowning achievement not just of our nation, but a game-changer for human civilization. This was our first step toward becoming an extraterrestrial species that pursues space colonization, harvests the solar system’s resources, and ultimately sends robot emissaries to earthlike planets around other stars.
However, what has polluted pop culture to detract from this breathtaking accomplishment is the completely absurd notion that the six Apollo moon landings from 1969–72 were faked by NASA.
The allegation is that we really couldn’t get a human to the moon and back safely. Nevertheless, we would do anything to look like we beat the Soviets to the moon in a Cold War technological Olympics.
Ever since the Apollo missions ended, this idea has been popularized in books, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, and innumerable YouTube clips by an eclectic group of government conspiracy buffs.
There is a long list of arguments why this entire allegation is simply inane. For starters, you’d have to believe that the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo program have ...