Friday, July 17, 2009
They walk among us, seemingly little different from you or me. Most of the time, you never would know of their true nature — except that occasionally, they feel compelled to speak up.
Take an example from Lens, The New York Times’ photography blog. A recent feature, “Dateline: Space,” displayed stunning NASA photographs, including the iconic photo of Neil Armstrong standing on the lunar surface.
The second comment on the feature stated flatly, “Man never got to the moon.”
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The author of that post, Nicolas Marino, went on to say, “I think media should stop publicizing something that was a complete sham once and for all and start documenting how they lied blatantly to the whole world.”
Forty years after men first touched the lifeless dirt of the moon — and they did. Really. Honest. — polling consistently suggests that some 6 percent of Americans believe the Apollo 11 landing and five subsequent missions were faked and could not have happened. The landings, one of the greatest gambles of the human race, were an elaborate hoax developed to raise national pride, many among them insist.
They examine photos from the missions for signs of studio fakery and claim to be able to tell that the U.S. flag was waving in what was supposed to be the vacuum of space. They overstate the health risks of traveling through radiation belts that girdle our planet; they understate the technological prowess of the U.S. space program; and they cry murder behind every death in the program, linking them to an overall conspiracy.
This article was posted: Friday, July 17, 2009 at 4:15 am