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3/22/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman letters: To the moon and back

Did we go to the moon?

The naysayers who insist that we never really went to the moon at all have some really good evidence to prove their point. But here is what really happened. In the heat of the space race get to the moon first, NASA officials decided that in order to thoroughly upstage the Russians, we had to make a really good show of it.

Watching a bunch of scientists standing around gathering moon rocks and planting a flag was hardly a show worthy of the cause. Taxpayers deserved a better show than this for their money. On the other hand, there is no way that true scientists can be persuaded to go racing around in a moon rover whooping it up like a bunch of cowboys. That kind of unprofessional conduct would be completely demeaning.

So for "balance" between these two extremes, it was deemed necessary to film the acrobatics in a Hollywood film studio, and then merge these with the actual moon landing shots to produce the "Greatest Show (not) on Earth."

And so it was. This accounts for all of the little glitches that make the moon landing look fake, like studio lights reflecting in the alleged astronaut's helmets, etc. Unfortunately, it was not possible to catch and edit all of these errors out, and so there is plenty of "proof" out there of just how phony the moon landing apparently was.

Annoying as it is that Hollywood was allowed, even invited, to infiltrate this very scientific venture, the moon landing was indeed very real.

On the Mythbusters television program, they sought proof of the moon landing at an observatory. Here, a radar signal was bounced off of the reflection plate that the astronauts had placed on the moon, and the return signal came back so loud and clear that there was no doubt that we had indeed been there.

So, as the Mythbusters said to the skeptical conspiracy theory people who wrote in demanding proof, "Yeah, we went to the moon. Get over it."

Norman Swartz

Retetired NASA consulting engineer


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ just curious .....

You didn't find any info about the ACS?


Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: just curious .....

Hey, I'm a complete believer and all that. But just for fun, could you please tell us how those two astronauts blasted OFF the moon? The best I've come up with online is sixteen RCS (Reaction Control System) thrusters, each weighing 2.5 kilograms. That's less than 90 lbs. True, the Moon hasn't Earth's gravitational resistance, but aren't we traveling a little light here?

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

Anyone with a decent telescope and some research skills can see the actual landing site and the US flag we left there too!

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: We left a junkyard

Im sure one or our super telescopes should be able to find all the junk we left on the moon. A few lander bases, a rover vehicle, and whos knows what. I dont have to wonder. I help build some of the stuff up there. Nobody asked me to keep a secret.

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Capt. Nice

So the millions of people who worked on the Saturn V vehicles wouldn't be a consideration - you just send the ship up empty.

The major problem would be sending the signals from the hoax transmission to something out in space undetected, which would then have to send the signal back to the points on earth that receive the footage from the astronauts. This would be easier to manage than having loads of communications techs be in on the hoax - not because they would be so morally opposed to this, but rather, would have egos such that they couldn't help but be the first guy to figure out what's going on.

The final problem would be how to fake the returns since they show in quick succession the command module falling through the atmosphere, being opened in the ocean, and then the astronauts being pulled out. So either you have a secret launch of a capsule that goes up and comes back down - which takes a lot of people to support - OR you have a whole navy ship in on the conspiracy and bringing a fake capsule out to the middle of the ocean.

Maybe you'd like to see an interesting documentary about the subject....

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: tongue in cheek .....

he was serious. we went to the moon, and various astronauts are on record as having described with alarm huge alien spaceships and structures, and NASA's chief information officer confirmed all of it after retirement. And there really is a Colorado River down the hill from Kingman, and the water really is wet. And this Government is running wild through the national culture in a massive crime spree. And how do I get out of this kindergarten (or is it an insane asylum)?

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: mo co biker

We never walked on the moon, Elvis aint dead, You aint going crazy, Its all in your head! Sorry not mine....Diamond Rio!

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

I'm not sure if the writer was being tongue in cheek with some of the comments....but if he is seriously suggesting that the astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin did not actually go to the moon as history documents, and that the footage of them being there was faked in a sound stage, well....he's no rocket scientist.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Dean Edwardsen

If anyone believes we didn’t go to the moon I am sure you can find out how to get a membership in the Flat Earth Society.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: capt. Nice

I have said all a long that over one million people were involved with the workings of the craft that went to the moon.
How in the dickens were they able to keep them all quiet and not selling out to the media or writing books if it was all a fraud.
I can picture our present corrupt leadership trying to pull off something like this, but back then there was still a thread of dignity left in our country and we really went to the moon.
I don't know why this keeps popping up!

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