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."
Retetired NASA consulting engineer