Saturday, February 26, 2011

Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (2001) (TV)

On Thursday, February 15th 2001 (and replayed on March 19), the Fox TV network aired a program called "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?", hosted by X-Files actor Mitch Pileggi. An hour long program, it featured interviews with a series of people who believe that NASA faked the Apollo moon landings in the 1960s and 1970s. The biggest voice in this is Bill Kaysing, who claims to have all sorts of hoax evidence, including pictures taken by the astronauts, engineering details, discussions of physics and even some testimony by astronauts themselves. One of the program's conclusion was that the whole thing was faked in the Nevada desert (Area 51). According to them, NASA did not have the technical capability of going to the Moon, but pressure due to the Cold War with the Soviet Union forced the deception.
Some of the main questions and topics:
- The likelihood of success was calculated to be so small that it is inconceivable the moon landings could have actually taken place.
- Every Apollo mission before number 11 was plagued by about 20,000 defects apiece. Yet, with the exception of Apollo 13, NASA claims there wasn't one major technical problem on any of their Moon missions.
- The poor video quality of the first moon landings was a deliberate ploy so nobody could properly examine it.
- There can't be any pictures taken on the Moon because the film would melt in the 250° temperatures.
- Every Apollo photograph appears to be perfectly composed, focused and exposed, despite the fact the astronauts used cameras without viewfinders and light meters.
- The black sky should be full of stars, yet none are visible in any of the Apollo photographs.
- The astronauts should have seen a beautiful star-filled sky above them, yet they never mention it.
- There are several photographs of objects that are in shadows, yet they appear lighted and with surprising detail. Objects located in shadows should appear totally black.
- In many photographs the shadow side of the astronauts appear illuminated, while the shadow side of rocks appear totally black.
- Shadows cast on the lunar surface should be parallel. Some shadows in the Apollo photos are not parallel indicating more than one light source, thus the photos are fakes.
- Many Apollo photographs show lighting "hot spots", as well as a darkening of the surface toward the horizon. Sunlight should not produce hot spots, nor should the surface fade in an airless environment.
- Only two men walked on the Moon during each Apollo mission, yet there are photos in which the astronaut reflected in the visor has no camera. Who took the shot?
- Not one still photograph matches the video footage, yet NASA claims both were shot at the same time.
- Some of the Apollo video shows the American flag fluttering. How can the flag flutter when there is no wind on the airless Moon?

Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (2001) (TV)
Host: Mitch Pileggi

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