tend to over exaggerate some of the “facts” or main points behind them, which make them seem so dumb. All though conspiracy theories often have very many good points that really make people think twice, they are usually proven to be wrong or just to crazy to believe. So why do people believe them? Well some people just like to believe the ﬁrst thing that people read to them, and just automatically assume its true. Others actually like to tear it apart, and see what actually is plausible, and what is ﬁction. Conspiracy theories often have many believable points, that make almost anyone think twice about it. A study showed that 63 percent of registered voters believe in at least one conspiracy theory (Weinste). The scary part behind these theories, is that if some of these are proven to be true, it makes people become skeptical about any phenomenon that the world comes across. Depending on what the theory is, or who it involves, could drastically change the way people think about the government and other contributors.
In 1969, President John F. Kennedy sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and
Michael Collins on the Apollo 11 spaceship to the moon. The famous quote, “Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as Neil Armstrong was stepping off the Apollo 11 spacecraft on to the moon for the ﬁrst time ever by the hu-
man race. Now overtime, many people believe that the government made all of this up, and created all this evidence and pictures on a movie set, to win the space race against the soviet’s to put a man on the moon before they did. Others believed that the United States did this, to give hope for the NASA program to give it a great launch. Recent polls shows that twenty percent of Americans believe that the U.S. still has not set foot on the moon. That’s one and every ﬁve people you see walking on the street. There are several good points that make people think twice or even three times about if the United States actually did put a man on the moon, or if it was all just a big Hoax. One of the most popular points to consider was the waving
American ﬂag that was planted on the moon after Apollo 11 landed. Since their is no atmosphere on the moon, and no form of air, how could the ﬂag be rippling?
Some people that were watching it live on Tv, could see the ﬂag rippling as if there were a breeze. Another thing to think about, is when the lunar module ﬁrst landed on the moon, there was absolutely no evidence of an impact crater beneath it. The moon is covered in a very ﬁne lunar dust as if there were a layer of baking soda on the surface. Yet there was no evidence of the module landing other than it looking like someone just placed it there in the pictures provided by NASA (Fox). Many people have no idea what the Van Allen radiation belts are. They are centered along
the earth’s magnetic equator in the upper atmosphere. It consists of mainly protons and electrons, and extends roughly 15,500 miles above the earth. They became radiated when nuclear devices were detonated in space, which gave it the name “radiation belt” (Van Allen Radiation Belts). The Apollo missions to the moon marked the ﬁrst time ever for any living humans to ever pass through the radiation belts.
The amount of radiation that the belts hold should have cooked the astronauts as they passed through it, even with the intense amount of protection that the lunar module has with its aluminum interior and exterior. How is this possible? Another point to consider when looking at this theory is known as the “C” rock. It is one of the most famous photos from the moon landings. The pictures shows a decent sized rock in the ground with the letter “C” engraved in to it. Scientists have studied this picture, and said that the letter has almost perfect symmetry, which means it is highly unlikely that it was a natural