Without a doubt, the Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the most significant moments in human history. Millions of people across the world witnessed the breathtaking moment Neil Armstrong took his first step on the lunar surface on Jully 20, 1969. Nine years earlier, President John F. Kennedy went before the public and promised the American people by the end of the decade we would land someone on the moon. He kept his promise.
The Apollo 11 launch date had arrived with only months to spare: Nine years earlier, U.S. President John F. Kennedy had said that by the end of the decade the country would put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.
The successful Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, ushered in an era of moon exploration that has so far gone unrivaled.
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Launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 9:32 a.m. ET aboard a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 11 included a command module dubbed Columbia and a lunar lander called the Eagle.
The lander was named after the bald eagle in the mission insignia.
Apollo 11’s journey to the moon took three and a half days.
During that time the astronauts “just kind of gazed out the window at the Earth getting smaller and smaller, did housekeeping things, checking the spacecraft,” Aldrin recalled.
As the craft passed through the shadow of the moon and started its approach, Aldrin and Armstrong got into the spider-like lunar module and began their descent.
The landing process didn’t go flawlessly. Alarms sounded when the computer couldn’t keep up with the data stream: “Nothing serious—it was distracting,” Aldrin said.
“Neil didn’t like what we were heading toward, and we selected a safer spot alongside a crater with boulders in it. We landed with a little less fuel than we would have liked to have had, maybe 20 seconds of fuel left.”
Aldrin insists that he felt no real fear about landing on the moon.
Nevertheless, he said, “we kind of practiced liftoff [for] the first two hours. … We both felt that was the most prudent thing to do after touching down, was to prepare to depart if we had to.”
Finally, with half a billion people watching on televisions across the world, the astronauts emerged from the Eagle to spend another two hours exploring the lunar surface.
The pair planted an American flag and placed mementos for fallen peers.
Armstrong uttered his famous first words, reportedly unscripted: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
For a long time, the Apollo 11 moon landing was seen as a beacon of hope for humanity, but not everyone was convinced that the mission was real. Conspiracy theorists spent years trying to debunk the moon landing but with little real evidence to go on-. Time went by and most people continued to believe it was real despite the cries from conspiracy theorists that it was staged. Recently however, a YouTube user presented a photograph that he claims will prove once and for all that the government staged the whole thing.
According to BroBible:
The United States has taken pride in the fact that NASA astronauts were the first to step foot on the moon. A total of 12 U.S. astronauts have landed on the moon, the first being Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. The last person to walk on the moon was astronaut Eugene Andrew Cernan on Apollo 17 on December 7, 1972. Now a new eagled-eyed detail of a photo suggests that the Apollo 17 mission was faked.
YouTube user Streetcap1 made an observation of an official NASA photo from Apollo 17’s lunar mission in 1972. There appears to be a man walking around the moon in the reflection of an astronaut’s visor. You can see the official NASA photo HERE.
The conspiracy theorist zoomed in on the astronaut’s visor and it appears to be a person walking on the moon without a spacesuit. There was a three-man team for Apollo 17 including Commander Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt. However, the person in the reflection doesn’t appear to have a bulky spacesuit. “What we appear to have here is a figure of a human, not wearing a space suit, circa early 70s. An Apollo 17 photograph,” the video suggests. “It looks like a man. Back in the early 70s. Long hair. Wearing some sort of waistcoat type thing.”
The conspiracy theory suggests that faking the lunar landing helped the United States defeat the Soviet Union in the space race during the height of the Cold War. So was the moon landing a hoax?