Lunar Follies

Did U.S. astronauts really land on the moon on July 16, 1969, or was it faked? What about the other Apollo missions? Were they all faked?

This is one of the most intriguing conspiracy theories, partly because it’s so hard to prove the moon walk really happened. Even if we knew it really happened, it still offers some amazing insights into the way the mind works. After all, the moon is an alien environment, making it easy to see conspiracies where there are none.

Nevertheless, there are some valid reasons for questioning the official narrative. One of my favorites is the fact that we haven’t gone back to the moon in more than half a century, in spite of the extraordinary advances in technology that have been made during that time. In recent years, Japan, India, and Israel sent unmanned craft to the moon that crashed, though India succeeded on its second attempt.

In January 2024, the U.S. joined the parade of failures. (“Moon landing attempt by private company appears doomed after ‘critical’ fuel leak,” PBS News Hour, Jan. 8, 2024.) That’s right, India may be pulling ahead of the U.S. in terms of space exploration.

It gets better . . .

“U.S. astronauts won’t set foot on the lunar surface until September 2026 at the earliest, following the announcement of multiple delays to NASA’s Artemis Moon program stemming from concerns relating to astronaut safety, and the need for further development of key technologies.” (“NASA Astronauts Won’t Step Foot on the Moon Until September 2026 at the Earliest,” Anthony Wood, IGN, Jan. 10, 2024)

Pardon my skepticism, but what’s wrong with the key technologies that got us to the moon in 1969? Did NASA lose all its files?

Of course, NASA will have the last laugh when it finally puts astronauts on the moon towards the end of 2026. Or will that mission be scrubbed, too? Will China beat America to the moon?

Inquiring minds are dying to know.

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