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Case Closed, 40 Years Later

Posted by AlienCG on July 20, 2009

40 years ago today (and at about the time of this post), a small vessel landed on the surface of our satellite, the moon.  Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin would become the first two explorers to step foot there, leaving their indelible footprints for the ages.  Kennedy had it right when he made his speech, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  And we did.  And it was hard, but we persevered and made it.  But there are some who don’t believe it.

I was born a little over a year after Cpt. Eugene Cernan left the final human footprint on the moon, but just the idea of this, the thought of stepping off of our homeworld to explore another has always been an exciting prospect.  Man’s nature is to explore, to find new things and to even take a risk to find them.  The moon, at that time, was the ultimate prospect.  Like Everest is to a mountain climber, the moon was to NASA.  Of course, some people believe that the whole moon landing was an elaborate hoax perpetuated in a studio.  I’ve heard it all, no stars in the photos, astronauts visible in the shade, it’s all bunk and easily provable.  Anyway, just this past Friday, I found a Slashdot story that linked to this page which is quite interesting.  Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the end of a hoax.  There they are, to me as clear as day, the moon landing sites.

The photos were taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).  Oh, and if you think they’re just dots, it will get closer and have better pictures to pound the nail in the coffin of one unreasonable hoax.  Of course, some people will still not believe it and continue to claim it never happened.  I think it might be another facet of the human condition, there has to be a conspiracy involved with world-changing events.  With the moon landing, however, you’re talking about a whole lot of people involved in the conspiracy, somebody would have talked by now.  I do not believe there is a conspiracy, twelve men walked on the moon, if it was a hoax, then why would NASA attempt to fool the world six times (almost seven)?

Ladies and gentlemen, the next time you see the moon hanging overhead, look up at it, and take a moment to just think about how far away, yet how close it is.  Only twelve men have been there, but more will be going.  This time, though, NASA will be plotting a bigger mission, something more than collecting rocks.  Wait and see what they have planned.  Keep looking up, keep looking beyond and have a good day.


5 Responses to “Case Closed, 40 Years Later”

  1. What a wonderful and inspiring post, aliencg! We have two people we know who refuse to believe that the moon landing ever happened. I do not get it. I will happily direct them to your information. I don’t know if you can change closed minds, but it’s worth a shot. Thanks. Great info.

  2. laura b. said

    I could never be an astronaut, but I admire them so much. I can’t imagine what it must be like to belong to that exclusive club of people who actually walked around someplace that wasn’t Earth! Great post. Thanks Alien.

  3. i’m always amazed at the precise calculations required for this stuff.

    i’ll buy the moon stuff but i find it hard to believe some of the statements about galaxies billions of light years away. i’d still like to get a cheeseburger at the restaurant at the end of the universe.

  4. dmarks said

    Waiting for Dan Rather to claim that the moon landing was fake, because he managed to get exclusive footage from Neal Armstrong’s Sony Mini-DVD Handicam that was dated 1969.

  5. churlita said

    I have a lot of crazy conspiracy theory friends who refute the moon landing too. I think those people are silly.

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