Jul 20, 2013 1:07 PM GMT
Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. I was almost 5 years old on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong made that giant leap for mankind by being the first human to set foot on the Moon. It's all very fuzzy in my brain's eye, but I think I can remember being called to the TV set to witness this event. I think I was a little bored with it...lol.
If you think about all of the technical difficulties with the Space Shuttle program over the years, I think we were very lucky to have made it to the Moon and back. Amazingly, there are MILLIONS of people who believe that the Apollo missions were an elaborate hoax staged by President Nixon to distract the American public from Vietnam, and to bolster our position in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
There are scores of opinions on the conspiracy theory, and some are quite convincing. Many of them are based on the examination of photos taken during the Apollo missions, but there are a lot of other questions raised based on what we know (or think we know) about the laws of physics and our level of technology in 1969. Some of the arguments regarding the technical discrepancies are interesting... like how could the lunar module's 32K computer (hell, my iPad looks like HAL next to that!) have possibly been adequate? And if the Space Shuttle astronauts report that the radiation is so powerful that they can see it with their eyes closed (freaky!!!!) at only 400 miles from Earth, how did all of the Apollo astronauts survive a 240,000-mile trip to the moon?
The most intriguing Apollo 11 legend revolves around extraterrestrial spacecrafts that approached the lunar module after it landed. As the story goes, somewhere in western Australia, HAM radio operators reportedly picked up a conversation between NASA and Neil Armstrong, in which he describes huge spaceships on the Moon, "watching us". This led to the rumor that the aliens had somehow warned us off the Moon, and that's why we never decided to build a permanent space station there. These lucky western Australians were also rumored to have been the recipients of an unedited satellite feed of the TV broadcast of the first moonwalk which depicted a Coke bottle on the moon's surface....lol. Sounds like the granddaddy of all Super Bowl commercials!!!!