Man has looked into the sky for thousands of years. The moon, glaring back, was a symbol of allure and mystery. It looks so close and, yet, it is so far away. What was up there? How could we ever get there? Could we ever get there? Is it made of cheese? To one day walk on the moon was a feat few thought would be possible. That is why many believe the first walk on the moon was a hoax.
The 1960’s were a time of turmoil in the U.S. Racial riots and desegregation, issues with Cuba and Russia, fear over nuclear holocaust, Vietnam and invading communists were just some of the issues on the minds of the American people. Americans needed a sign of hope, an issue to concentrate on instead of all the political and social unrest in the world. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. The United States found themselves behind in the race to space. President John F. Kennedy added to the desperation and, at the same time, gave inspiration to the American people in his speech to Congress on May 25, 1961. He vowed that man would walk on the moon before the end of the decade. That man would be an American. To further the necessity for the U.S. to make it to the moon was the assassination of JFK in 1963. Six years…The U.S. had six more years to make due on a promise. Would NASA succeed or would America be caught with egg on their face?
The U.S. was at least 4 years behind the Russians. Something needed to be done. JFK promised the U.S. would have a man on the moon before 1970. Several attempts at a trial run of the moon landing failed. The clock was ticking down. The U.S. needed this lunar landing to happen and fast. This is how the conspiracy began. Some say a secret production studio in Nevada filmed all the footage used to mock up images of space, the moon and the landing site. All the details of the possible conspiracy are easily accessible online. The list of possible fabrications is quite lengthy. Everything from the dozen people killed or murdered from 1959-1967 involved in the space program to the inaccuracies in the photographs of the landing are out there for the public to see. Significant evidence points to the notion that the landing could have been faked. Those, along with the motives for the hoax are enough to keep people wondering nearly 50 years later.
Did Armstrong ever really make it to the moon? A better question would be, “Does it really matter?” Man has undoubtedly been on the moon since. It would be impossible for all the nations that claimed to have landed on the moon to all tell the same exact lie over and over again. The craters left by Apollo 15 have been reported from future landings. Debris from previous landing has been captured on satellites from a number of sources. But where is the proof that Apollo 11 was the first? Armstrong will always be a symbol of man accomplishing the impossible and achieving what many have doubted for generations. Even if the original moon landing was a hoax, the effort put into the fabrication gave forth a new era in the world. The technological age soared, the U.S. became the world’s leader, other countries took to space, Mars became a new target and the American people joined in unison over accomplishment and commonality. Sometimes an action, even a hoax is necessary to bring together a nation. What happened to us? What happened to the American Dream?