Saturday July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the date in 1969 when NASA purported to land live men on the surface of the moon.
We are technically-minded people here at Wooster.fun, and so we’re somewhat skeptical of the whole thing. We don’t say the entire thing was faked. We say that we don’t know. But there are five things we believe we can know with absolute certainty:
- No government agency would ever lie to us for any reason.
- Baby Boomers are astonishingly gullible people, as a general rule.
- The video footage of the event that we’ve been presented since childhood is not fake in any way.
- Neil Armstrong used to, and Buzz Aldrin still does, order a Coccia House pizza every time he comes to Cleveland to talk about the time he went to the moon and didn’t die from acute radiation poisoning on the way. Michael Collins, who supposedly stayed in the orbiter, knows what’s what and just orders room service.
- The Daily Record will make a clumsy week-long effort to contrive local connections to this event for clicks.*
If you’re a Daily Record subscriber then you might not have the presence of mind to wonder about some gaping scientific holes in the official story. We humbly do:
- How did they get live men through the Van Allen belts, twice per round trip?
- How did their sensitive, primitive electronic instruments survive the irradiation?
- You say they chose a trajectory through the poles and bypassed most of it. Fine. Show us the telemetry data.
- You say that, in the years since, the recordings of the telemetry data from the most significant scientific expedition in human history were not deemed significant enough for preservation in the national archives. They were casually left unguarded throughout the Cold War and eventually taped over. Fine. Who was deemed responsible for that negligence and subsequently fired, prosecuted and imprisoned?
- I can’t send an 802.11 WiFi signal, using modern equipment, from my living room to my back yard in 2019 without losses. How did they send their signals in 1969 more than 230,000 miles to and from the moon and lose only one single word of their corny script?
- Why haven’t any other nations even pretended to land men on the moon since? Fifty years is a very long time indeed, in terms of rocketry and engineering. The Chinese steal and copy everything else we do. The English and Canadians are so envious of us generally that any reasonable person could expect them to try to fake something like this too. Yet they haven’t. Why not?
- And the Soviets?
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