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Stupid Top Moon Conspiracy Theories                                                                                      23





              Top Moon Conspiracy

            Theories and Why They

                       Are Stupid



                   By Yasemin Saplakoglu




          When humans first walked on the moon 50 years
          ago, they left footprints, a flag and for some, a
          trail of doubt. While most Earthlings celebrated
          humanity's great feat, a handful of holdouts just
          raised their eyebrows and whipped up some
          bizarre theories.  The most famous of these
          conspiracy theories is that the moon landings
          were not real, but were staged by NASA.
                 Though the first moonwalker has died,
          these conspiracy theories — and others about
          the moon — live on. Here are some of the most
          famous moon conspiracies and myths, and here's
          why they make absolutely no sense.


          The Apollo moon landings were faked

          About 5% of  Americans think the moon
          landings were completely staged (they were
          not). These people cite various reasons for this
          belief, as Space.com previously reported. Why   Conspiracy theorist Richard Hoagland claimed this photo was taken by the Lunar Orbiter in
          are there no stars in the photos of the         1967 and it depicts a mile-high spire that is artificially-made. It turned out that Hoagland had
          moonwalkers? Why is the U.S. flag fluttering?   processed the image.Credit: NASA
          Why are there footprints but no prints from the
          lunar modules from the landers?                city" on the "dark" side of the moon. He came to "Shard" and argued that no geological
                 There aren't any stars in the photo     this conclusion after analyzing a photo of the phenomenon can explain it, so it must be
          because daylight on the surface washes them    Giordano Bruno crater — a 14-mile-wide (22 artificially made.
          out, just like it does on our planet. The U.S. flag  kilometer) crater that lies on the far side of the  Another photo taken during the Apollo
          is fluttering because it has a metal rod sewn into  moon.  There, he said, he found destroyed or 15 moonwalk in 1971 depicts a bright light
          it to give it the appearance of moving in the  damaged "structures" that could be a hundred above astronaut David Scottt's head.  This led
          "wind."  And there are footprints but no       million years old. Some of them had reflective some people to suggest that maybe it's evidence
          impressions from the modules because the       roofs and some looked like ships, he explained of alien activity — but experts say it's just a lens
          weight of the lunar modules was more evenly    in a Youtube Video.                             flare.
          distributed than the astronauts' weight was in         NASA dismisses these and other claims
          their boots.                                   of "objects" on the moon as simply mind tricks The moon might turn green
                 "OK," others ask, "don't you need water  or a psychological phenomenon called
          or some kind of moisture in the soil to leave  "pareidolia," according to the International    A couple of years ago, rumor had it that the
          footprints?" The answer is no, particles of dust  Business  Times. It's simply like finding an  moon would turn green. After all, several of the
          can hold various shapes because of the friction  image of a bear in a cloud or Jesus on a piece of  planets aligned and caused an eerie glow,
          between them. And the lunar module that landed  toast.                                         according to Space.com. This sickly shade was
          on the lunar surface did not leave a deep crater                                               supposed to fall upon the moon on April 20 and
          because beneath the dust, the moon is made up Random things on the moon                        May 29 of 2016, allegedly making it the first
          of densely packed rock. But the dust and loose                                                 time the moon has gone green since 1596.
          dirt on the surface was kicked up, as can be seen The photograph on the top of this page taken by Spoiler alert: It didn't.
          in the photos.                                 the Lunar Orbiter in February of 1967 shows a
                                                         mile-high piece of "something" rising from the The moon is made of cheese
          Aliens on the moon                             surface of the moon. NASA conspiracy theorist
                                                         Richard Hoagland said this should be called the  The moon is (unfortunately) not made up of
          The moon is not real, but an alien space station                                               cheese, a popular myth or story told to children.
          that is used to monitor our planet, according to                                               If it were made of cheese, that would mean there
          another conspiracy theory.  This came from a                                                   is a gigantic cow somewhere in the solar system.
          website written by a person named Scott C.                                                     And in this cosmic game of Where's Waldo?, we
          Waring, who claimed to have found two photos                                                   probably would've already detected the beast.
          in the NASA Image  Atlas in 2013 that have                                                     But then again, space is random and you never
          since been deleted.                                                                            know what you'll find, you know?
                 "The evidence that NASA deleted is not
          just a UFO, but is also 100% evidence that the                                                 The moon makes us lunatics or
          moon is not real, but actually an alien space                                                  insomniacs
          station," he wrote. According to him, the surface
          of the moon is covered in debris to make it seem                                               A popular lunar myth holds that a full moon can
          like a natural celestial body, but in reality it                                               affect our well-being — it can make us wilder,
          opens up like a gate and allows spaceships to
                                                                                                         more likely to give birth, less likely to sleep,
          enter in and out.
                                                                                                         more likely commit crimes.
                 This same self-proclaimed UFO
          researcher also claimed that there was an "alien  Astronaut David Scott in a photograph taken                         (Continued on Page 24)
                                                          during the Apollo 15 moonwalk in 1971.
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