We all know of the pioneering journey of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the sometimes forgotten third astronaut Michael Collins. Armstrong and Aldrin were the first astronauts to successfully land the Lunar Module (LM) Eagle on the Moon in 1969 whilst Collins orbited in the Command and Service Module (CSM) Columbia. We have seen the pictures and we have heard the audio but what about the stuff we weren’t told about. Below there are 11 weird, wonderful and downright strange facts about Apollo 11 that don’t usually feature alongside the mission highlights.
1.You would expect that when NASA asks you to be the first man to walk on the Moon that they would consider the possibility of things going wrong. Well for Neil Armstrong he couldn’t afford the life insurance policy for an astronaut. However, along with Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin he wasn’t alone. All three astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission decided to create a plan of their own to support their families if something bad was to happen. Before the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 when all three astronauts were in pre-launch quarantine, they signed hundred of autographs and sent them to a friend. If anything was to happen to the astronauts during their mission, the entrusted friend was to send the autographed memorabilia to each of the astronaut’s families. This way they could make some money by selling the signatures of the Apollo 11 crew.
2. One thing that surprised the astronauts who visited the Moon was the strong odour of the lunar dust which they were only able to smell when they got back inside the Lunar Module. While conducting experiments on the surface of the Moon the astronauts’ spacesuits gathered the moon dust in the creases of the suit, once the crew returned to the LM and removed their helmets the dust got everywhere even on their hands and faces (some astronauts even tasted it). After coming into contact with oxygen for the first time inside the Lunar Module, the four billion years old moon dust produced a pungent smell. As most of the astronauts had a military history they could compare the aroma to that of gun powder. Neil Armstrong described the dust’s scent as similar to to wet ashes in a fireplace. This distinct smell remains a mystery as moon dust and gun powder have no similar compounds and the exact explanation remains unknown.
3. There’s no doubt that the people behind the Moon missions were smart and skilled. The kind of expertise required seems beyond our general understanding. The spacesuits that the astronauts wore in the Apollo 11 missions were made by little old ladies, a bit like the ones in the Shreddies advert. NASA approached the International Latex Corporation (ILC) to produce a suit alongside the aerospace company Hamilton Standard. However Hamilton Standard became wary of the ILC and designed their own suit which after being submitted to NASA was refused. Hamilton Standard blamed the ILC causing the fashion company to lose their contract.
However, that wasn’t the end of the International Latex Company as a few years later NASA advertised a competition for a new suit. A handful of retired ILC employees saw their chance and broke into their old offices, stealing back their original suit designs that had previously been overlooked. After a lot of hard work the employees submitted their design to NASA who were impressed. They choose the ILC’s suit as the competition winner and deciding that Hamilton Standard would provide the oxygen tanks for the suit which we can only imagine may have been a little awkward given their previously rocky relationship.
Since their success with the original space suit, the ILC has supplied NASA with numerous items for space exploration. Along with the new next generation Z-1 suit and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suit used on the International Space Station, the ILC also designed the airbags that enabled Spirit and Opportunity, the two Mars rovers, to land safely on the Martian surface.
4. As you can imagine, in the microgravity of space, there are a few things you would have great difficulty with. I’m not talking about things like typing with those thick gloves or attempting to get dressed when one sock wants to head left and the other is determined to go right. Well as you can imagine everything in microgravity floats and when I say everything I mean everything…therefore going to spend a penny in space is not easy.
Nowadays astronauts staying in the International Space Station have a specially designed toilet that they can seatbelt themselves onto whilst a suction device can aid them with any waste disposal. However during the Apollo 11 mission, the solution to this all natural issue hadn’t really been solved yet and one astronaut in particular spent the entire mission on tablets that stop diarrhoea just to combat the problem. Michael Collins said himself that ‘The drinking water was laced with hydrogen bubbles’ which produced “gross flatulence…resulting in a not so subtle and pervasive aroma which reminds me of a mixture of wet dog and marsh grass.” He wrote about this in his autobiography, Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey (1974), and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the most pleasant memories of the crew’s trip to the moon as they were crammed together in the Command Module for three days.
5.When the Apollo 11’s Eagle Lunar Lander was separating from the CSM Colombia there was a loud pop, a bit like the noise of a champagne bottle being opened. This was because the cabin in the LM hadn’t been fully compressed before the separation. Some claim that this minor fault actually pushed the LM four miles off from where it was originally supposed to land.
6. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were heading out to explore the Moon they both had to remember not to fully close the door on the Landing Module behind them. The door was closed to prevent heat escaping from the cabin but not completely in case any the cabin was somehow repressurised, which could make it difficult to get the door open. Aldrin and Armstrong joked about leaving the door open:
109:41:28 Aldrin: Okay. Now I want to back up and partially close the hatch. (Long Pause) Making sure not to lock it on my way out.
109:41:53 Armstrong: (Laughs) A particularly good thought. (From http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11.step.html )
Since then some websites have claimed there was no outside handle to get back in as the engineers back at NASA thought that the weight of a handle would affect the calculations of the descent so decided to leave the door without one! Well there was indeed a handle on the hatch complete with instructions!
7. We all know the famous first words of Neil Armstrong as he stepped foot onto the moon, ‘That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.’ However Armstrong’s first step out onto the Moon wasn’t small at all, in fact Armstrong had landed the Lunar Module so gently that the shock absorbers hadn’t compressed. So his first step out onto the Moon was actually close to a four foot jump onto the lunar surface.
8. Whenever you ask children what the astronauts who visited the Moon have left behind, the first hand up in the room always mentions the American flag. However, the fate of that flag is quite sad as it was later knocked over when Armstrong and Aldrin launched the Lunar Module back into lunar orbit to join with Collins in the Command Module. After Aldrin hit the button to begin the launch he looked out the window and watched as the infamous flag was blasted away with the rest of the material left behind on the lunar surface.
9. As you can imagine, the first men to land on the Moon was a global event, everyone that could, would be watching. Due to this, NASA asked the astronauts on Apollo 11 not to engage in any religious activities that could offend, insult or isolate the rest of the world. However, Buzz Aldrin felt the opportunity was too great to let pass by. Therefore once Armstrong and Aldrin had landed safely on the Moon and were waiting to take their first steps, Aldrin radioed back to Earth asking anyone who was listening to reflect on that moment in history. Aldrin gave thanks for the opportunity and produced a small flask of wine and a piece of bread which he then consumed whilst reading from the Gospel of John. From that moment Buzz Aldrin then became the first and so far the only person to participate in the Christian ritual of Communion on the Moon. Neil Armstrong watched on in respect but never participated.
10. After gathering some Moon samples, taking some pictures and raising the American flag, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the Lunar Module, only to realise that a switch on a crucial circuit breaker had broken. This particular broken switch left them without a way to ignite the engine, so they tried to sleep while the mission control team at NASA tried to find a way to repair it. Eventually Aldrin decided that enough was enough and jammed his pen into the mechanism creating a make-shift switch. Surprisingly enough this quick-fix worked and launched both Aldrin and Armstrong off the lunar surface.
11. As the Apollo 11 team arrived safely on the Earth, the crew were brought to Hawaii. Despite being the three most famous men at the time, as they had just landed on the Moon safely and returned, they were still asked to fill out a customs and declarations fo
rm at security. As you can imagine, in the section asking “Departure From:”the Apollo 11 crew had to write “The Moon”.
(Article by Samantha Steed, Education Support Officer)
Links to Further Reading
15 Questions about the Moon Landings
5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories
8 Myths About Neil Armstrong’s Flight to the Moon
Apollo 18: The Truth About the Lost Moon Missions
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Christopher · June 8, 2017 at 07:31
I have no problem with observance of communion, but how on earth, or should that read how on the moon, is it possible to take out a small flask of wine and a piece of bread and then proceed to partake of it? The helmet is sealed. How do you get it into your mouth? Or was it just symbolically held to the visor, acting out the eating and drinking ritual?
Ps. Here in SA we had no TV and the country sat glued around their radios. I was 12 at the time and a aunt in Canada sent me n stack of black and white pics which she took from her TV as it aired. They were my pride and joy and i used them in one of my orals. Have them to this day.
Paul · January 5, 2018 at 06:00
He did that before they left the craft. So he didn’t have those problems
Robert · April 15, 2018 at 18:13
I believe it was done inside the landing module itself.
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David · February 9, 2017 at 06:56
Did it 50 years ago, why not ever since? It would be economical just to re-use parts or to improve the technologies? something unrepeatable?
John Klumpp · January 3, 2017 at 17:37
Admin, you seem to have a lot of patience with posts from the foolish and/or under-educated.
However, I fear that I must take you yourself to task as you appear to trumpet NASA’s own mis-truths.
For example, in a response to Anonymous Dave (posted July 22, 2016 at 8:18 AM), you finish with these words:
“If there was an alien presence on the Moon, NASA would not cover it up as it would be the greatest possible justification to boost that agency’s budget!”
All through their history NASA has followed official government policy to suppress (cover-up) any evidence of ETs & ETVs. Even the designation ‘UFO’ was part of this policy. This policy goes right back to 1941. It has fallen to Whistleblowers taking personal risk to describe much information that is suppressed.
Can it be that you are unaware of current Disclosure information, and the suggestion that a policy of Partial Disclosure may soon be attempted (revealing only some things), partially due to widespread knowledge about recent discoveries in Antarctica (where Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was medically evacuated to New Zealand)?
“Former NASA photographic technician, Donna Tietze said in an interview with a radio station in 1995 ‘The job of a co-worker in a restricted area was to airbrush out any anomalies found on the Moon photos’.”
“Statements from various NASA sources, including former chief of NASA Communications, Maurice Chatelain, reveal that all astronauts are briefed and debriefed, before and after every mission, and are warned not to discuss their encounters in public.”
Walter Muroski · December 8, 2016 at 14:11
I was stationed at Redstone Arsenal USAMMCS, the very day the landing took place. July 20, 1969. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Enough said!
Darren T. Ross · December 8, 2016 at 07:37
There is no doubt in my mind that human beings landed on the moon. I came across this site while double checking the exact date Neil And Buzz stepped on the lunar surface twenty minutes apart. I collect die cast models of the Apollo 11 Rocket, John Glenn’s Gemini capsule, and a model portraying the first two Americans on the surface of the moon placing the flag in front of a Newspaper headline describing the event. I find it interesting that on average there are 100 billion neurons in the human brain, 100 billion stars in a galaxy, and a 100 billion galaxies in the known Universe. As an engineer with a large corporation that used to make business machines, and a graduate degree born in 1965, I can think of no more personal words of relief than the words emanating from the lunar module, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Not only does it make me grateful and proud to be an American, the same as it always has without degradation, in the sensation I feel, but grateful and thankful I was alive with all others on that day. Reminds me that it is as self evident that “all men are created equal”, and that some of those men walked on that one, largest, beautiful natural satellite I see every day weather permitting. Thank You Admin for your time and patience with those who believe it never happened. I can only hope that further scientific research of facts will convince you, and be able to enjoy the beauty of this awesome human accomplishment.
Michael J · November 15, 2016 at 19:48
Admin – I heard that we left many items on the moon…Since we landed on the near side of the moon (the part that faces earth) isn’t possible to still see those items with telescopes?? Thanks btw for the awesome info.
admin · November 16, 2016 at 10:05
Dear Michael, thank you for your question. Briefly, the answer is no, we cannot see any Apollo artifacts on the Moon from Earth by telescope as this would need a telescope hundred of metres across and no such telescope exists or is planned. Equipment left behind on the Moon has been imaged from space by the camera of the LRO spacecraft.
Hana · November 15, 2016 at 07:53
Neil armstrong is not the first astronaunt who land on the mood.
Hana · November 15, 2016 at 07:54
Paul ross · November 10, 2016 at 22:40
For years I’ve studied and researched all aspects of the Apollo moon landings, of which I have several questions that no one can answer with a factual answer that can be backed up by simple answers..
1. When Neil Armstrong first steps onto the moon, how was there a camera taking video of him ? And please don’t say it’s attached to the lander as I’ve researched the positions and measurements on the position and shape of lander and from that it’s impossible to be attached to the lander.
2. On Earth it takes several guys to help put the space suits on for launch, yet in the lander that barely has room for the two men , how is it possible for them to dawn these suits and be able to seal them and connect the outside hoses plus fit the back pack on and make sure all swivel joints down to gloves have to be locked, a lot of these items are impossible to lock while wearing space suit gloves and in the tiny compartment of only a few square feet. Some one would have been left not having a full suit on.
3. Both men fully suited and loaded with gear then had to climb backwards out a hole around 36in across, and unsighted find hand rails and then footing of a ladder, this is something were a simple error would be disaster, nasa with its safety precautions would never have allowed this error.
4. Both men claim when the managed to get back into the lander and remove clothing they found the moon dust had a strange smell. How did any one know if this was toxic or would dangerous to the mechanics and electrics inside the fragile ship. Keep in mind when the rocks came back to earth they were put into quarantine in case of any contamination. Did nasa not care about this simple issue.
admin · November 14, 2016 at 11:18
Dear Paul, thank you for your questions. I’m delighted that you’ve been researching the Apollo missions for years but rather shocked you have not been able to find the answers to these questions in any library or other reference source. I’ll do what I can to help.
This isn’t the answer you say you want but nevertheless it is the correct one. The TV camera to record astronauts on the ladder was attached to the Modular Equipment Storage Assembly (MESA), a sort of hinged box on Quadrant IV of the Lunar Module’s Descent Stage (to the left of an astronaut on the ladder). The MESA lowered itself (and the camera activated) when the first astronaut out onto the ladder pulled on a lanyard.
One possible source of your confusion is the practice of many TV documentary makers to illustrate Armstrong descending the ladder with any old piece of footage of astronauts leaving the LM, including shots taken by other astronauts already on the surface.
The engineers responsible for designing the spacesuits made sure that it was entirely possible for two astronauts (or even one astronaut in a hypothetical emergency) to put on and remove the suits. In addition, the astronauts extensively practiced this in mockups of the LM’s cabin. On Earth, it was intended that the two astronauts could prepare themselves working together in two hours. On Apollo 11, Aldrin and Armstrong took about three hours, the cabin was more cluttered than the mockup and this made their tasks more awkward.
By the way, the same spacesuits were used for spacewalks from the Apollo CSM and from Skylab, again the astronauts were able to get ready in cramped conditions. To this day, astronauts can dress themselves in the relatively small Quest Joint Airlock on the ISS.
All I can say here is that you are over-estimating the difficulty of exiting the hatch and forgetting the part played by the Egress Platform and its handrails which are just outside the door.
When the missions were planned, there was no reasonable concern about lunar surface material (essentially “rock”) damaging the spacecraft from inside the cabin. Our knowledge of the Solar System was more limited then and although no one believed it was at all likely, it was thought that the presence of micro-organisms in lunar soil was just about possible (remember at the time some astronomers expected to find plant and animal life on Mars). This is why the early Apollo missions quarantined the astronauts and samples on their return (although I would argue this wasn’t taken very seriously). Obviously research soon showed the Moon’s surface to be sterile. There is a really interesting history of the quarantine program by one the scientists involved at this link.
More recently, though researchers have come to believe that prolonged exposure (say over several weeks) to very fine and abrasive moon dust would be a hazard to human health (especially if breathed in) and to equipment with moving parts. Studies into future concepts for exploring the Moon take this possible hazard into account.
I hope this has helped you.
Bill · October 30, 2016 at 16:59
It’s amazing the stupidity of some people.No wonder the world is in the shape it is.Yes ,America did land on the moon.And before I die will see a man on Mars.
Chris · July 16, 2019 at 09:56
“It’s amazing the stupidity of some people.” – sure is!
“No wonder the world is in the shape it is.” – round?
“Yes ,America did land on the moon.” – really!!? The entire country of America landed on the Moon – that’s incredible!!!
“And before I die will see a man on Mars.” – a more popular belief is a corridor with a bright light at the end of it
Nico · October 28, 2016 at 23:02
How come they landed on the moon long time ago and how come they can’t land to the moon now? I mean don’t we have better technology to get to the moon than before.
admin · October 31, 2016 at 08:49
Dear Nico, thank you for your question. The same question has been asked many times here, so I will repeat my previous answer.
There have been many robotic missions to the Moon since the end of the Apollo missions but I assume that you mean missions with astronauts. The cost is the crucial thing. The Apollo missions ended early because starting in 1968 and continuing through to 1970 the US Congress began to severely reduce NASA’s budget, as a result the series of Moon missions ended with 1972. This was a popular decision as there was a widespread belief that the Moon missions were expensive (true), not worth the money (debatable) and using public money that would otherwise be used to eliminate poverty and hunger (untrue). I am old enough to remember this.
Due to the real cost of developing lunar spacecraft and the infrastructure needed for Moon missions and the possible negative response from the public there has been only one serious plan to send people to the Moon in decades. This was Project Constellation which met with apathy from the public and was underfunded until it was cancelled. At the moment virtually no one is interested in paying to send astronauts to the Moon.
Burt · August 31, 2018 at 22:04
As soon China will decide to go to Mars, America will immediately find capital to go
to Mars,.. that´s the way it goes,.. Another critical components if the climate will drastically deteriorated on earth let´s say after 100y then we also will go because we have no choice,.. it´s hardly from a scientistic point of vye or from pure curiosity who drives Humankind to explore the space even as much as a romantical i am would like to think so, it´s not the case,.. Money poltics and power keep us in chains and they set the terms it´s a huge task to put a moonbase on Mars, but it wil happen specially if we have a raket lounch on the moon.
Bryan · October 20, 2016 at 23:33
The admin is so polite.
admin · October 24, 2016 at 08:48
Teja · October 18, 2016 at 21:32
Hello, I am doing a project on the first moon landing and would love it if you could provide me with a list of important dates you think I should included and what they are about, thank you
admin · October 19, 2016 at 07:18
Dear Teja, there is a list here (link) that might help you.
vinothkumar · October 3, 2016 at 18:13
Who is the second person in the foot of moon.and name list of travel to moon at the time..
admin · October 4, 2016 at 08:22
Dear Vinothkumar, thank you for your questions, unfortunately I am not clear what you are asking. As the first paragraph says Armstrong and Aldrin were the first two people on the Moon. If this isn’t what you are looking for, can you ask your question a different way?
Gibran · September 24, 2016 at 20:30
The reason why no other country cud go to the moon is that it’s not possible, if USA cud do it in 1969 , why not in 2016, it indicates it was a hoax and is not possible even in 2016, that’s y Russia dropped the plan too coz they know it’s pointless and wastage of time even discussing it, if USA went in 1969, then going in 2016 shud not be a big deal, USA says it’s too expensive, does the war in other countries is cheaper than going to the moon, stop fooling people, I really wonder if there was any Osama bin laden or not, USA created it in the air and then buried it in the sea, down with American politics, and the most stupid thing is that a common man doesn’t understand all these games,
admin · September 26, 2016 at 09:14
Dear Gibran, thank you for your comments. Your are not bringing any evidence to the table to support your assertions about travelling to the Moon. You say that going to the Moon is “not possible” without any support so this appears to be a faith-based assertion.
ToSeek · September 21, 2016 at 18:21
Nice job overall, but #7 is inaccurate: if you look at the video, you’ll see that Armstrong jumps from the ladder onto the LM footpad (and then back up and down again). You’re right that that is a “leap”, but he’s still on the footpad. The actual first step is a fairly easy sideways one from the footpad onto the lunar surface.
Noel · September 17, 2016 at 18:43
Awesome staff there , God is self existing and you cannot deny it .
eton · September 12, 2016 at 01:49
Another (TWO WORDS REMOVED- ADMIN) lie…Van Allen Radiation Belts would of fried them like Kentucky fried chicken ! they havent been past space stations.
admin · September 12, 2016 at 08:49
Dear Eton, thank you for your comment, but please avoid posting anything that can be interpreted as a racial slur. I would also suggest that you investigate the radiation environment in the Van Allen Belts and the trajectory taken by the Apollo missions. A starting point might be our article 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
Partha Mukherjee · September 5, 2016 at 14:46
(527 words copied from another website removed – ADMIN)
admin · September 7, 2016 at 15:57
Dear Partha, are you the author of the material you wish to publish here? If you are not, do you have the author’s permission to republish this material here?
Matthew · September 4, 2016 at 15:19
When Armstrong jumped from the ladder he landed inside the footpad. He was not on the surface of the moon ubtil he stepped out of the footpad.. So your 36 inch leap is incorrect.
Partha Mukherjee · September 5, 2016 at 13:38
Matthew , is it really he was landed in moon?.. ,, how can it possible ..?
where there havent air , and so less gravity .. and many things are not clear ,
some times i am thinking about that , it is a English H-wood movie Film , nothing else .. can you please send me the side or link were i can find out the original view
Partha Mukherjee · September 2, 2016 at 07:45
It’s totally fake, no one has landing in CHAND … Moon , because we know very well about that the gravity of moon is 1/6* earth ,,, can you please explain me how can it to be possible to walk in moon land?
okey i doesnt deny the value of USA , but i dont believe that … dont take its otherwise ,,,,
if there have any one who can educate me so please send me a mail about the details of Neil Armstrong along with his all Medals that he have achieve
admin · September 2, 2016 at 15:11
Dear Partha, thank you for your questions and comments.
I’m not sure what your objection is here, on the Moon objects including astronauts weigh only about a sixth of what they do here on Earth, but I do not see why you believe this makes walking impossible. Why do you think this?
You can start to learn more about Neil Armstrong’s career at this link.
I hope this has helped.
Partha Mukherjee · September 4, 2016 at 14:13
Do you think is it possible to walk in moon land.. once again i am asking to you .. can you please explain ,, and .. if i jumped in earth 1ft , then should i jumped in moon land 6ft .. am i right ,, then why he jumped just 5ft>? and the 2nd things with out air is it possible to flooding the Flag ,,,
( my English .. is not so good , so please try to understand what i am asking to you my dear Brother )
do you have any document , that proved this ,that he was landing in moon?
we know that he was walked in moon land 30 minutes ,, but he was caring that kind of oxygen cylinder ,,, that he can use it 2 to 5 minutes … so what do you think about that ?
you know i am just 10+02 ,, i am not so educated , but i am able to understand it ,, that there have some great or big mistake ,
okey once again i am ,, i does not deny the value Neil Armstrong , but i think it was just a !
i am waiting for your reply
admin · September 7, 2016 at 15:52
Dear Partha, thank you for your questions
Yes, in theory because your weight on the Moon is only 1/6 of your Earth weight, you ought to be able to jump much higher vertically. In practice this was never achieved due to the weight of the spacesuits and the relatively inflexible joints in the suits.
I think you need to read Item 1 at 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
I think you need to read Items 1 and 2 at 15 Questions about the Moon Landings (link).
The Apollo Moon landings are some of the best-documented events in history, and accurate information about them can be found easily if you chose to look.
ToSeek · September 21, 2016 at 18:26
Armstrong has numerous medals and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, a National Defense Service Medal, an Air Medal with two stars, and much more. See Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong#Legacy ) for a list.
vinay · September 2, 2016 at 07:39
One compelling argument for the moon landing hoax is the total lack of stars in any of the photographic/video evidence. There are no clouds on the moon, so stars are perpetually visible and significantly brighter than what we see through the filter of Earth’s atmosphere.
The argument here is that NASA would have found it impossible to map out the exact locations of all stars for the hoax without being rumbled, and therefore left them out – intentionally falling back on an excuse that the quality of the photographs washes them out (an excuse they did actually give).
admin · September 2, 2016 at 07:55
Dear Vinay, thank you for your comments but sadly you have been misinformed.
This is not correct, what was your source for this?
Stars are literally millions of times further away than the Moon is from the Earth, so stars seen from the Moon show no difference in position from their positions as seen from the Earth. I work for a Planetarium, simulating star fields seen from other locations in the Universe is part of what we do, so I am speaking from personal knowledge.
I hope this has helped you.
This Is My Display Name · September 21, 2016 at 19:24
Think about it.
If it was staged, they would’ve spent a bunch of money and had a large number of people working on making it look real. Don’t you think a production on that level could’ve afforded to dot the background with artificial stars? Don’t you also think that, with everyone working on making it look real, someone would’ve said “Hey, what about the stars”? Artificial stars would be easy compared to everything else that production crew would’ve had to do.
If it was real, on the other hand, they couldn’t just fake starlight.
Therefore, the lack of stars is evidence that it’s real, not evidence that it’s not.
houceyn · August 24, 2016 at 19:32
We made the sky a preserved and protected roof yet still they turn away from Our Signs. (Qur’an, 21:32)
Do u have some thing as a reply for ur creator , its not a human word its the creator of universe who said that .
and thanks for ur researchs n ur hard work to approve it u ve done a great job.
Dereck · August 19, 2016 at 09:59
” THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN , AND A GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND”
rahul · July 30, 2016 at 16:15
No one went to moon on that launch it is true or not???
admin · August 1, 2016 at 07:24
Dear Rahul, thank you for your question. I would have hoped that the article makes clear that three people went to the Moon on this mission. Why do you think this is unclear?
Lisa · July 30, 2016 at 14:03
All the conspiracy theories are absurd. My grandfather helped develop the electronics that made the landing possible.
Gibran · September 24, 2016 at 21:12
The whole world including Americans were fooled, they spent hell lot of taxpayers money on the programmme, the govt was answerable towards citizens, so this hoax was created and fooled people.
admin · September 26, 2016 at 09:11
Dear Gibran, thank you for your comments, but do you have evidence to back them up? Otherwise they are just your opinions.
Anonymous Dave · July 21, 2016 at 04:28
I know it’s not enjoyable dealing with the number of moronic posts from people who truly think the moon landing never happened, when other countries including Japan have snapped probe photos of Apollo debris. Most hoaxers have never cracked a science book enough to know things like, the radiation in the Van Allen belts is nowhere near as intense as that of an an atomic blast and therefore wouldn’t require metal to block it- or that the astronauts timed the ascent to go through the thinnest part of the belt. Ultimately there’s too much historical and physical evidence to debunk any ignorant de-sciencing that one could try. With that said- the part people are afraid to talk about, which is left out of most mainstream science forums, is the missing 2 minutes of “lost” audio feed, which was actually switched over to another feed at the time and heard by hundreds of ham radio operators. I spoke to an insider, who shall remain nameless- who told me directly to my face that the astronauts were shadowed and observed by multiple alien crafts on their way to and during the moon mission itself, and the missing 2 minutes confirms this but the official tapes are locked up and no one can get to them. There may be more than one reason we never see the entire original NASA video footage or that they would “erase” proof of their most monumental achievement. It’s also rumored the 2009 moon blasts done in the name of “confirming evidence of water” were actually nukes to destroy proof of an alien base. One thing’s for certain- if the coverup is true, and I’m NASA, I would be ever so thankful to the moon landing hoaxers for diverting attention away from a much bigger secret.
admin · July 22, 2016 at 08:18
Dear Anonymous Dave, thanks for your comments. Although you’ve rightly rejected the absurd and evidence-free claims that the Apollo missions were faked, I think you may want to take another look at some of those other events you mention.
Can you identify when the “missing 2 minutes of lost audio feed” occurred? (To the best of my knowledge the only redacted material is from conversations with the flight surgeon when medical details of individual astronauts was discussed).
Alleged transcripts of the Apollo 11 crew reporting alien spacecraft have circulated for decades but are full of technical and procedural oddities that argue strongly against their authenticity.
This – in reference to the LCROSS mission (link)– might be a rumour but it is untrue. There was no nuclear payload on this spacecraft.
If there was an alien presence on the Moon, NASA would not cover it up as it would be the greatest possible justification to boost that agency’s budget!
Mona · July 20, 2016 at 18:26
Thank you for sharing this. I was 3 years old when they landed on the moon.
6 years later I watched the video clips on the news.
I was really amazed by what I saw. And still am.
I look forward to seeing another moon landing and the astronauts walking again on it.
It’s sad to know that there is so much negativity among the comments given here about the first moon landing and walk.
Our new generation have become unbelievable and unreasonable to what is real and what isn’t because of too much imaginary teachings by our educational system and Hollywood.
Again thank you so much for sharing this.
NASA is doing a great job. Thank you. God bless America.
Gareth goddard · July 17, 2016 at 22:11
When will there be another mission to the moon there’s a lot being said about the moon these days and I do believe the Americans took the first steps on the moon I hope there will be one while I’m still alive to whittness it
admin · July 19, 2016 at 09:10
Dear Gareth, thank you for your question. The next crewed mission to the vicinity of the Moon will probably be NASA’s Exploration Mission 2 scheduled to be completed by April 2023. EM-2 will be a ten- to fourteen-day mission with a crew of four astronauts who will spend four days in lunar orbit. Missions to land or even establish bases on the Moon have been proposed by Russia’s Roscosmos, Europe’s ESA, Japan’s JAXA and China’s CNSA but none of these seem to have gained any governmental support. Sadly I think it will be a long time before we see people returning to the Moon.
Humphrey nyoni. Zambia · July 17, 2016 at 19:15
So you mean the photos we see are not real?
admin · July 18, 2016 at 10:34
Dear Humphrey, thank you for your question. I am not quite sure what you asking, but I will be clear that the photographs taken on the Apollo missions are genuine images of real events. We have never claimed otherwise.
Ido · June 25, 2016 at 17:44
I’m not sure of that human being landing in the moon . Isn’t true.
admin · June 27, 2016 at 07:18
Dear Ido, thank for your comment but I think that you need to research a little more deeply rather than just accepting what you are told.
really · June 21, 2016 at 15:22
How did NASA erase the original footage of the moon landing??? And how did NASA lose the moon rocks from this landing?
admin · June 22, 2016 at 07:27
Dear Really, thank you for your questions.
I am not sure that you really mean “how” so I would like to answer “why” instead. Unfortunately the answer is no one knows. The original Apollo 11 telemetry data tapes are missing and it is widely believed that they were erased for reuse which (because of the expense of the tapes) at the time was a common practice. Note that no data is missing, as copies of all the data were made and kept. The sole issue is that the surviving video footage isn’t of as high quality as the original. You can read NASA’s complete report on this affair at this link. I am happy to say that the telemetry data tapes from the other five successful Apollo landings have survived.
This is not true, where did you see this said? About 380 kg of lunar material was brought back to Earth by the six moonlanding missions. Today about 75% of this is stored at the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility in Houston, another 52kg is kept at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. NASA has not lost the moon rocks. You may be thinking of the tiny samples given as gifts, many of which have been lost by their recipients (see this BBC report).
I hope this has helped you.
Shafique · May 30, 2016 at 18:10
Every photo showing ther flag that flag flooting how it will floot when there is no air
admin · May 31, 2016 at 08:05
Dear Shafique, thank you for your question. In a vacuum environment like the Moon’s surface a flag would just hang limply from its pole and remain stationary, so the flags planted by the astronauta were held out by a horizontal rod projecting from the pole. You can just about see this rod in the picture in the article you are commenting on.
I hope this has helped you.
kalpesh · May 24, 2016 at 18:46
Thank you admin and specially thanks for your passion for give answer to the reader. My last question is
It would be possible for India send astronaut on Moon? As per your knowledge?
admin · May 25, 2016 at 09:20
Dear Kalpesh, thank you for your question. In my opinion, if the Indian government made it a national priority to send people to the Moon it could be done but it might take decades to achieve. While India definitely has the intellectual resources and an admirable national space programme, it does not have the vast aerospace industry the USA had in the 1960s. It would take time to grow this.
Bob · May 25, 2016 at 16:38
Hi I don’t understand what you guys are talking about
admin · May 26, 2016 at 08:04
Dear Bob, I’m sorry to hear this. Please try reading the article and comments again as this may help to make things more clear.
Izan · May 24, 2016 at 10:57
Admin I have a question.Although this is absolutly true about going to the moon but was it true that Neil Armstrong saw huge ships there with far more superior tecknology then humans possibly UFO(Aliens).
admin · May 24, 2016 at 14:25
Dear Izan, thanks for your question. Sadly this is a hoax, see our article 8 Myths About Neil Armstrong’s Flight to the Moon (link) and James Oberg’s Apollo 11 UFO Incidents article (link). I hope you find these helpful.
kalpesh · May 23, 2016 at 20:51
It’s was big success of human and NASA. But after 1969 why NASA not sending any other person on Moon? After 45 years they have better than best technology. if It was possible in 1969 so why not now in upcoming year like 2017,18,19,20…….
admin · May 24, 2016 at 08:50
Dear Kalpesh, thank you for your question. The same question was recently asked by “flowin71”, please look at my answers to him posted on 5 May 2016. I hope this helps you.
kalpesh · May 24, 2016 at 11:22
Yes I know it very very much expansive and I heard after that NASA sent other 3 astronaut but due some mistek the were can’t landing on Moon and they just round the moon and low full matter they lost hope to come back on earth but luckily their landing in sea was safe and all 3 astronaut save their life but after that in press conference media ask them now after if NASA send back to you again on Moon so all of you are ready to go? So their answer was No?
Any way we will hear soon that NASA sending another astronauts on new moon mission
admin · May 24, 2016 at 14:47
Dear Kalpesh, I am happy to report that NASA sent multiple expeditions to the Moon (link). Some landed, others did not. You seem to be referring to Apollo 13 (link) which was intended to land but did not because of an accident. In total twelve astronauts walked on the Moon and our site has articles about most of these missions.
The next provisionally planned mission to send NASA astronauts to the Moon is Exploration Mission 2 (link) which hopes to send a crew in orbit around the Moon (without landing) sometime between 2021 and 2023. The Russian government is also claimed to be planning Moon missions possibly with European participation in the next decade (link).
I hope you find this helpful.
Saqib Ahmed · May 22, 2016 at 06:13
The Apollo mission or step on moon was a fraud and fake it was nothing than to make fool ,I be strong reason to say it as you can see in pics that American flag is flattering and the shadows of Armstrong and buzz on the moon surface was as same as on earth ,the question is that there is no air on moon then why the USA flag is flattering, plz reply dear Admin
admin · May 23, 2016 at 09:50
Dear Saqib, thank you for your question. Unfortunately you have drawn an incorrect conclusion from the pictures you have seen. In a vacuum environment like the Moon’s surface a flag would just hang limply from its pole and remain stationary, so the flags planted by the astronauta were held out by a horizontal rod projecting from the pole. You can just about see this rod in the picture in the article you are commenting on. Once they were planted the flags hung motionless for the rest of the mission. There are hours of video tapes showing the flags remaining absolutely stationary. They did not flutter but I assume their wrinkled appearence might look like a fluttering flag in a still image.
There is a little more about this in our article 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link) (also see the comments section).
I don’t understand the point you are trying to make here.
american student · May 17, 2016 at 19:57
Dear admin im doing a project on the 1960s decade and what was happening then so i found out that, thats when the first moon landing happened. if you could reply , with just five interesting facts about it that would help.
admin · May 18, 2016 at 07:33
Dear American Student, thank you for your question. If you read the article and others linked to in the Further Reading section you ought to find lots of useful facts.
I hope this has helped you.
flowin71 · May 10, 2016 at 22:45
Hey admin , thank you again for your time . You are right , I am not sure what I am seeing and would probably speculate that half of the UFO’s I have seen on the ISS feed are not legit UFO’s but I will say that ones that are visual enough to make out some distinction usually , the feed is cut . As I know , this is not really related to the moon somewhat or us going to the moon , I will say there is some connection . I saw you avoided the Tom Jones article but what about testimony from ‘Buzz’ on the Apollo 11 trip and other Apollo astronauts over the years . As for secureteam10 , I am in agreement about the money part but every video fake ? I have always been intrigued about the moon , the universe and life beyond earth . I know the US does spend and explore but is Nasa really being honest about things they cannot explain or know about , dont keep it hidden , share it with us , thank you for your input and time .
flowin71 · May 10, 2016 at 21:24
The link is the footage for the movement on the moon , (LINK REMOVED -ADMIN) this is current footage . Thanks
admin · May 10, 2016 at 21:57
Dear Flowin71, thank for your response but “Secureteam10”, the source you have linked to, is a well-known creator of hoaxes for profit (note all the products for sale). I refuse to link to them as it goes against our educational mission to send readers to a misleading source.
The video itself is full of misinformation, for example the “vehicle tracks” reported is actually the path of a boulder which is slowly rolling down a slope. These are well-known (and fascinating, the boulder can have been rolling for millions of years, see https://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/a-rolling-stone-on-the-moon-image-of-the-month.html) but the commentary makes them sound mysterious.
Have you tried looking at images of this area of the Moon at the LROC site yourself?
flowin71 · May 10, 2016 at 21:23
Thank you for your response admin . Here is the link for the new footage that has gone viral . (Link misleading video removed- ADMIN) . This is the footage that was filmed , proabaly around 2-3 weeks ago . I encourage you to view this . I never have thought we did not go to the moon . I am saying that we were showed pictures that Nasa/Gov wanted us to see but you are right , we are able to ASLJ now alot easier . I am just saying that we , the public , have a right to know the complete truth on what was seen and what is on the moon . I am a ISS feed freak , lol , and in the last 6 months , I have seen quite a bit of UFOs with Nasa cutting the feed once the see what I see and with article that Tom Jones is featured about . Nasa seems to be covering up again ! Let me know your thoughts , thank you so much for your time .
admin · May 10, 2016 at 22:05
Dear Flowin71, to the best of my knowledge no data from the Apollo missions is currently classified. To be honest, the Moon missions seem a model of transparency in a government project, the complete truth about the Moon missions has been public for decades.
While you are watching video from the ISS are you sure you are understanding what you are seeing? If there are UFOs (by which I assume you mean alien spacecraft) close enough to video from the ISS, how come observers on the ground cannot see them?
Rahul · May 10, 2016 at 09:14
It has been said that moon landing is fake the picture and video of moonlanding Is was captured in USA only.
USA have so many area were no one have the permission to see inside the restricted area infact the satellite can also not capture a picture of that area and the aeroplane or helicopter are not allowed to go from there …
If the moonlanding is true then can you tell in zero gravity why the flag is waving, I know the reason but I wanna know how you prove it
admin · May 10, 2016 at 13:55
Dear Rahul, thank you for your comments and questions. I’ll do what I can to help, but I’ll ask you some questions too.
This may be said but only by people who have not researched this topic.
I think you will find that most countries have areas off-limits to the general public, not just the USA. We may not agree with this but it is a fact. In your homeland are you allowed to wander into military training areas, government offices or power stations. How can satellites be prevented from taking pictures of an area?
Is there really zero gravity on the Moon? If there was no gravity there how would that stop a flag waving (assuming someone was moving it)? Your apparent misunderstanding suggests that the “reason” you think you know is not correct. You may wish to read our article 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link) and the comments to it as well.
I hope this has helped you.
Iraklis · May 9, 2016 at 03:22
This may very well be false, but I believe I heard somewhere (of having at least decent reputation) that Neil Armstrong documented, in some way, sight of “moon men” (aliens) that the group had seen and claimed were observing the astronauts from the hills of the moon.
admin · May 9, 2016 at 08:07
Dear Iraklis, thank you for your comment but I’m sad to say that this story you have been told is untrue. See out article 8 Myths About Neil Armstrong’s Flight to the Moon (link) for more on this kind of rumour.
Astronomy Teacher · May 6, 2016 at 15:43
I taught my students about the Moon yesterday and my freshmen assaulted me with “evidences” that it was all fake. I will read your link about the 5 hoax theories in a moment. What I want to know is: Do the samples from the Moon contain different compounds or different ratios of compounds than found on Earth? Is there evidence that the Lunar Soil has not been affected by rain and wind and microbes? I would like to know this because I do believe that the moon landing was not faked but I want to have the most concrete facts to back up this information.
admin · May 9, 2016 at 10:01
Dear Astronomy Teacher, thank you for your questions. I’m not a geologist but I’ll try to help.
The same compounds but in significantly different ratios. Compared to most Earth rocks, lunar surface material is richer in high-melting point elements but depleted in water and volatile elements and compounds. Unlike Earth rocks, Moon rocks clearly formed formed in an extremely dry and oxygen free-environment setting surrounding oxygen. Minerals which are common on Earth such as quartz, calcite, magnetite, haematite and mica ere extremely rare or absent in lunar samples. Tiny glass globules are common in lunar soil but virtually unknown on Earth.
No, none at all. Sedimentary rocks which are formed by water action are unknown on the Moon. There is no sign what so ever of wind or water erosion anywhere on the Moon. Grains of lunar dust under the microscope have a jagged appearance totally unlike the rounded grains of sand and dust from Earth which have been subject to weathering. Lunar soil is sterile and virtually free of organic material.
Here are some links which may help you:
flowin71 · May 4, 2016 at 02:07
So , why havent we been back to the moon ? What about all the footage popping up on Youtube that clearly shows structures , pipes , covered craters and even movement ? Whats really going on there ? All the astronauts that went to the moon are all completely different . Why arent the real pictures coming out until now ? Its very clear that alot of photos that first came out were fake , so why the cover up ?
admin · May 5, 2016 at 09:32
Dear Flowin71, thank you for your questions.
There have been many robotic missions to the Moon since the end of the Apollo missions but I assume that you mean missions with astronauts. The cost is the crucial thing. The Apollo missions ended early because starting in 1968 the US Congress began to severely reduce NASA’s budget. This was a popular decision as there was a widespread belief that the Moon missions were expensive (true), not worth the money (debatable) and using public money that would otherwise be used to eliminate poverty and hunger (untrue). I am old enough to remember this. Due to the real cost of developing lunar spacecraft and the infrastructure needed for Moon missions and the possible negative response from the public there has been only one serious plan to send people to the Moon in decades. This was Project Constellation which met with apathy from the public and was underfunded until it was cancelled. At the moment virtually no one is interested in paying to send astronauts to the Moon.
I am unclear what images you are asking about here. In my personal experience every single claimed “alien structure” on the Moon I have been shown has been a scratch or scanning anomaly, a stitching or compression artifact or even a hoax. It would be amazing if such a discovery was made but if it was, it would be publicised everywhere as one of the greatest news stories ever. It wouldn’t just be in a YouTube video!
I am not sure what you are asking, 12 different astronauts walked on the Moon landing in 6 different missions (Apollos 11. 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17).
I am very sorry but you have been misinformed. There has been no cover up and no fakes. Every single image (including the out of focus or light-struck ones) taken on the Apollo missions has been available since the missions returned. These day they can be seen so much easier as there are online collections of images such as the ones at the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (link).
I hope this has helped you.
Ibrahim · April 20, 2016 at 03:34
Didn’t they also see a UFO flying above them watching them as they landed or is this fake? Please reply.
admin · April 20, 2016 at 07:59
Dear Ibrahim, thank you for your question. This story is untrue, please see our article 8 Myths About Neil Armstrong’s Flight to the Moon.
anver sadath sheka · April 28, 2016 at 18:07
Hi ! It’s so much of interesting
niraj · August 10, 2019 at 09:31
For the first time in 1979, millions watched the rare broadcast of human foot-stepping on the moon.
But still some people are not ready to believe that someone has reached the moon. They point out that humans have never set foot on the moon. According to a report by the American Space Agency, at least one in 100 people in the United States believes that people have reached the moon.
atul pandey · April 15, 2016 at 09:50
dear admin exciting for knowing about Apollo11 mission can u tell me something about them please….
admin · April 15, 2016 at 10:35
Dear Atul, thank you for your question. If you read the article you are commenting on and the other articles linked to it, you may find what you are looking for.
Tony · April 14, 2016 at 16:11
Just reading down some comments and thought I’d add my own,
The main problem I have with the moon landings isn;t how they landed but how they got off. I remember seeing a clip where the capsule shot off the moons surface and the camera panned the capsual with great acuracy.
I was very young at the time and thought, how is that photographer going to get off the moon. Looking at it now the movement of the capsule looks jerky as if on a wire. I’m also told that the photography was shot at hip hieght and panning was next to impossible. The panning however is really quite good for someone who is not a film maker. But now it seems that this was all done using computers, I have to say that this is not possible. It is obvious that there is a person behind the camera and if so how did he get off the moon.
admin · April 15, 2016 at 10:17
Dear Tony, thank you for your question.
The Lunar Module lift-off videos were made by an engineer called Ed Fendell (who was on Earth not the Moon) using the TV camera on the Lunar Rover Vehicle. This camera could be controlled from Earth and used to film the astronauts working on the Moon’s surface as well. A complete manual for the camera can be read at this link.
As there is a signal delay between the Moon and the Earth, Fendell had to start sending the command to “pan up” to the camera a couple of seconds before the LM actually launched (he knew to the second when the launch was to take place). There is a transcript of a long interview with Fendell about his career at this link and the section discussing making this video begins on page 60.
Recording the LM take-off was only done completely successfully on the Apollo 17 mission, on Apollo 15, the tilt mechanism failed so the camera never moved upwards, allowing the LM to go out of shot. On Apollo 16 the astronauts parked the rover too close to the LM, which threw off the calculations for the timing of the tilt upwards so the LM again moves out of the shot.
I hope this has helped you.
IknowYouTroll · April 14, 2016 at 10:01
Big question if we went to the moon in the 60’s why in the hell cant Orion simply get past the van Allen belts? if it happened in the tin can mobile why must they discover a way now? Please explain and not by tagging a link from this crappy website?
admin · April 14, 2016 at 11:10
Dear Iknowyou, thank you for your question. As you have requested I will avoid linking to YouTube.
Briefly, the Orion spacecraft is shielded just as the Apollo series were, but it is somewhat different from the Apollo spacecraft. Three significant differences are its construction of light weight aluminium-lithium alloy (rather than just aluminium) which to the best of my knowledge has not been used on a previous crewed spacecraft, its use of modern semi-conductor electronics (which were not widely used on the Apollo missions and are more vulnerable to radiation damage) and its design specifications for prolonged deep space operations (causing long-term exposure to cosmic radiation and high-energy solar particles). These differences mean that the exact details of the shielding are not the same so on a test flight there was a need to confirm that the Orion’s shielding performed as expected.
Also, there was a research payload onboard the Orion test flight designed to measure radiation levels to test the effectiveness of various experimental shield materials and structures (as ideally these would be as light as possible). The engineer in the video may have been referring to this experiment too.
Protecting spacecraft from radiation is a very active field of research, you can read more at this link.
I hope this answer has helped you.
Gokulkumar v · April 13, 2016 at 17:07
Dear admin, I need a clarification who was the first pilot Aldrin or Armstrong. I heard that Aldrin was first pilot and Armstrong was second pilot pls explain.
admin · April 14, 2016 at 08:45
Dear Gokulkumar, thank you for your question. Armstrong’s title was Commander and Aldrin’s title was Lunar Module Pilot. However the title Lunar Module Pilot is somewhat misleading. Perhaps Lunar Module Co-pilot would have been more accurate, as the Commander’s role on all Apollo missions was to fly the spacecraft with assistance as needed from the Lunar Module Pilot (who mainly looked after the flight computer).
In short, Neil Armstrong piloted Apollo 11’s Lunar Module.
Alex · April 13, 2016 at 16:58
you misspelled realize in fact 10 LOL
admin · April 14, 2016 at 08:25
Dear Alex, thank you for your comment. We use standard UK English spellings as we are located in the UK.
Kris · March 18, 2016 at 12:42
Interesting discussion, I rather think that NASA used some studio stills and had them prepared for use in case the Hasselblad camera shots on the moon were poor, the videos look appropriate. We now have unthinkable access to technology over the 1960’s which Nasa never predicted, to answer one comment above my mother and I watched the landings live on colour TV in the UK. Grey is still grey and the video cameras were b&w.
There is another light source on the moon, earth shine, the moon was 4 days off full on the landing and the site was on the equator of the moon,so as we looked at it right of centre and full on to the sun. I have often wondered why we never got a camera shot of earth from the crew, sure the earth would be mostly dark but we should see about a quarter and the outline. The sun would be in the shot I suppose but not much worse than we see it (less atmosphere)
From the moon a full earth is nearly 14 times larger than the full moon seen from earth (4 times the diameter) so a quarter earth should have about 3 times moon reflection and is brighter due to reflective clouds, blue sea is less reflective than moon dust. Shadows would be quite short but a different angle than the sun itself.
Given gravity is about 15% on the moon of earths the landing video shows the lander coming in sideways quite fast rather than vertically down so it would exert a tipping force but none seems to have been noted, I have never felt comfortable about this even at the time OK less gravity so a lot less momentum.
There is a lander module in the Science museum right now, it is quite large and was able to house the 3 Apollo 13 crew, Tom Hanks and his mates after problems with the main capsule, the lander is the size of a modest camper van (without external paraphenalia) so it could house 3 at a push for a protracted period.
1. Are there shots of the earth from the moon? taken by Hasselblads
2. Has anyone calculated the sideways drift and turning moment on landing ?
admin · March 21, 2016 at 13:00
Dear Kris, thanks for your comments and questions.
Sorry but that is your opinion and it is unsubstantiated by the facts.
For Apollo 11 and 12 only b&w TV was broadcast live. Apollos 14-17 had colour video cameras.
There are probably no video or cine recording of the Earth from the Moon’s surface as it would just have been a small bright blob against the black. For most Apollo missions the Earth was high in the sky and needed an effort to capture it. There are are Hasselblad images of the Earth from the Moon’s surface, see for example a couple in Apollo 17: Last Men on the Moon (link)
A full Earth is about 4 wider than a full Moon from Earth and so it’s 16 times the area, the Earth’s albedo is about 0.30, while the Moon’s is about 0.12. Putting this together 0.25x16x0.30/0.12=10, so a quarter Earth is 10 times as bright as a full Moon, so you’re right that the Earth is a reasonable light source.
Not only that, all parameters were measured and sent back to Earth. There is an extensive report on Apollo 11’s descent trajectory at this link.
I hope this has helped you.
somebody · March 9, 2016 at 14:49
disbelieving nasa while believing in religion it’s a proof of nonsense.
Marcus Griego · March 9, 2016 at 00:37
Hello admin, were the moon landings real? I personally think they were real but many of my family and friends go against that opinion, can you confirm?
admin · March 9, 2016 at 15:17
Dear Marcus, thanks for your question. To answer it I suggest you read the article you are commenting on and the other articles linked to at the end.
I hope this helps you.
Timothy S. Kraus · March 8, 2016 at 19:36
I guess my inputs weren’t liked.
Have fun folks.
admin · March 8, 2016 at 20:57
Dear Timothy, thank you for your comments. I am unclear what you are trying to say here. If you believe that your comments are not being published, I can assure that every comment I have seen from you has been published. This blog is moderated but I am not at my desk all the time.
I hope this has helped you.
Timothy S. Kraus · March 9, 2016 at 03:41
I found my comments. I was looking at the wrong page. My error.
And I think I saw the red rectangular nebula. Hey hey.
Say hey to the family.
ddurs · March 8, 2016 at 13:21
Thanks for a great article — and thank you Admin for your patience responding to many of these observations. 🙂
admin · March 8, 2016 at 14:57
Jude · March 5, 2016 at 14:36
Wow, I came across this site by fluke, the thing that amazes me the most is the views expressed by various people, lots of knowledge out here but people be serious, I would advise anyone before they comment to read through other posts and not repeat the same questions. It was and is and will be a proud event in our petite human lives so why make a big issue over it and just savor the moment. Humans are always arguing over things but this one goes way beyond it. Lets say the Internet wasn’t here, then would you still be arguing over this? I am thankful to the admin for their patience and I am happy for all those for their positiveness and for the rest I would say that your basics are only rooted to the Internet. Still no offence meant.
Naveed · February 14, 2016 at 21:58
Moon landings were complete fake
admin · February 17, 2016 at 10:01
Dear Naveed, thanks for your comments but you do understand that this is just your opinion? You aren’t offering any evidence.
Kanav rastogi · February 12, 2016 at 15:34
And you can see those photos not in this web on google the flags are moving
The moon have no air on it so how can the flag can moov its common senceso i dont think so that neel is not1st men to land on the mooni am wairing for your comment admin
admin · February 17, 2016 at 09:56
Dear Kanav, sadly you have been misinformed. Please see item 1 (and the discussion with Nathan in the Comments section) at 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
Kanav rastogi · February 12, 2016 at 15:30
Neel amstrong is not the first men to land on moon….. america said that neel armstrong is the first person to land on moon.. bla bla. Because that time there was a talk between russia and america so america said this because they dont want russia to be strong because eussia was making strong weapons and america wanted that russia should not be strong after america said that neel amstrong…… blabla russia started to try that america can send people on moon so why shodnt we so they instead of making strong weapons they try to started making people to go on the moon..☺?????
admin · February 17, 2016 at 09:48
Dear Kanav, you will need to post some very credible evidence before any one will accept your claims.
SpoonyRat · February 10, 2016 at 18:35
I was curious about photos of the command module from the LM during separation, there are a few photos of both vehicles very close but you cannot see inside the command module. I would imagine you could see inside through the windows b/c of the lights in the cabin. If I was in the CM and knew they were taking photos I would have my nose up against the glass with a big ole smile, but all u can see is black, I may be wrong but I wouldn’t think that the glass would be tinted on a spaceship. I am just curios b/c that would be a cool picture.
I am not a non believer of the moon landings but the funniest thing I ever heard was from and old lady who said we never went into space, I asked “well where did those big rockets go?” She replied ” o they just shot them over the hill somewhere” Ha
MYSTRY · February 7, 2016 at 10:24
i trust they have not steped on the moon……….
because it is something impossible…….
the area in the moon is also there in some place of usa…….area mean same type of soil…..
soooo……..they had taken pics from there….i think
i dont know even…….
My studies show that ……they have not stepped even…….
I am also a student in 10th………
why it is said or the people went are all from USA…………?
admin……..waiting for ur comment
sumit · January 30, 2016 at 10:12
i think that neli Armstrong is become an alien after on moon.
admin · February 1, 2016 at 09:03
Dear Sumit, thank you for your comment. You must have some really strong evidence to support this belief, and I am sure everyone would like to hear it too.
Unknown · January 28, 2016 at 01:07
This is all great but can you make the words a bit bigger they are so tiny! 🙁
admin · January 28, 2016 at 10:06
Dear Unknown, you ought to able to use an option in your browser’s menu to do this. I hope you can find this.
semaj · January 27, 2016 at 10:34
The space suit diagram credited to NASA shows a pocket on the right arm for ‘sunglasses’. How, with pressurised suit gloves on, did they open this pocket to get the glasses out and how did they then put the glasses on as they would have to lift their visor? Where in the ascent module diagram is the mechanism for launching said module off the lander? In relation to the ‘helmet storage compartment’ the exit/egress hatch appears much to small for a fully loaded astronaut to pass through, please can you explain these anomalies?
admin · January 27, 2016 at 17:47
Hi Semaj, thanks for your questions.
You are absolutely correct to say that sunglasses could not be worn or taken on and off while the helmet was so. The answer is of course that they weren’t used while the helmet was on, but were sometimes used in the spacecraft with the helmet off.
If you mean the Ascent Engine, it’s not shown in the diagram in our article as the viewpoint of the diagram is from above it.
The hatch was 32 inch by 32 inch in size, large enough to allow an astronaut to crawl through. There’s a picture of Buzz Aldrin going through it in our Lunar Module article (link).
I note that these “anomalies” are very much in the eye of the beholder. Since understanding the Apollo missions to the Moon is clearly very important to you, would you consider reading some books on the subject? A good start would be Dr Christopher Riley and Philip Dolling’s Apollo Manual (Haynes). It’s cheap, easy to find, informative and full of well-explained detail.
semaj · January 27, 2016 at 19:26
Thanks for that, how is the article coming ref my other posts on Neil Armstrong? Can you post a picture of the ascent module showing the intrusion or not of the rocket/motor or whatever please.
How big was/is the module to house 2 men in their suits which I assume would have the back packs on or am I missing something here?
admin · January 28, 2016 at 10:34
Dear Semaj, writing the article is going quite slowly unfortunately as this is a busy time for us. Here is a diagram of the LM’s interior showing how the Ascent Engine protruded into the cabin, as a bonus it gives you an idea of the amount of space available to the crew (it is dated Jun 1966 so the LM’s exterior is not 100% identical with the vehicles that actually flew).
The useable internal volume of the LM was 160 cu. ft and the flight station floor was 36 inches by 55 inches in size. I obtained these figures from the Apollo News Reference Lunar Module Quick Reference Data document (link), which I urge you, someone who is, as you said, unafraid to investigate the truth, to read and study to further understand this amazing piece of engineering.
semaj · February 1, 2016 at 21:06
Amazing is truly the word! How about an actual picture from NASA of the ACTUAL LM used and not what looks like a cartoon from Dan Dare. Were they weightless in the LM all the time? If not where is the exit/egress air lock, in fact there appears to be no way out anyway! Is the bit on the left side of the picture the en suite? In the first picture you posted of the LM there appears to be no split level accommodation so which is more factual. I do not see the relevance of posting 2 completely different designs when trying to establish facts.
admin · February 2, 2016 at 12:05
Dear Semaj, you requested a picture showing how the ascent engine protruded into the cabin and I found it for you. May I suggest that you read through some of the books and documents I have recommended and locate illustrations which are more to your liking.
No, while the LM was on the Moon it was experiencing lunar gravity.
We have previously discussed the hatch to access the surface (which is not shown in this diagram) so I am unclear why you are asking this (you did point out its location before!). Remember you asked for a diagram showing how the ascent engine protruded into the cabin.
The image I think you are referring to is labelled “The front section of the LM’s interior”, if you consult the Apollo News Reference Lunar Module Quick Reference Data document I have previously recommended to you, you will see there is a corresponding diagram of the rear section, have look at it and it will be clear that there is no inconsistency between diagrams.
(edited for clarity 2 February 2016 – ADMIN)
Sarah · January 19, 2016 at 17:33
Brilliant facts thanks. Just shared with my two almost teenagers who find the recent Tim Peake spacewalk boring but your facts made them smile! Cheers x
@anozievalentine · January 4, 2016 at 11:02
how many of the astronauts are still alive?
admin · January 4, 2016 at 11:59
Dear Valentine, thank you for your question. Of the Apollo 11 crew only Neil Armstrong is deceased, so Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are still with us.
If your questions was wider, according to Wikipedia’s List of Apollo Astronauts (link)
and if you are interested in crew members who flew to the Moon but did not land (NB figures below include people who landed on the Moon)
valentine · January 4, 2016 at 10:58
how come people land on the moon without being burnt?
admin · January 4, 2016 at 11:52
Dear Valentine, thank you for your question but sadly I do not understand it. It would help a lot if you could explain why you think people landing on the Moon would be “burnt”.
Pavan · December 18, 2015 at 02:25
How survive a nylon flag in 300 degree celsius
admin · December 29, 2015 at 10:53
Dear Pavan, thank you for your question.
Some grades of nylon have melting temperatures up to 350 degree celsius but pre-launch tests on the flags carried to the Moon indicated they would withstand temperatures of only up to 300 degrees Farenheit (149 degrees celsius). However maximum daytime temperature on the Moon is about 390K (about 120 degree celsius) so this was not an issue.
Out of curiousity may I ask you why do you think temperatures on the Moon get as high as 300 degree celsius? After all the Moon is the same distance from the Sun as the Earth is but it never reaches 300 degree celsius here.
There is an interesting article on the Apollo flags at this link.
(edited for grammar on 4 January 2016- ADMIN)
Mag · December 11, 2015 at 21:16
The moon landing was a complete hoax ! Sad to say that America felt the need to prove they had better technology when they reply didn’t ! I feel completely let down that a government would go to the extent that they did and lie to the world! I guess it explains the fact that Neil Armstrong didn’t make any public appearances or talk to the media!
admin · December 14, 2015 at 10:26
Dear Mag, thanks for your comments but sadly I think you need to do a little more research. Perhaps you could try using search terms such as “neil armstrong interviews” or “astronaut neil armstrong lectures”?
alex · December 10, 2015 at 20:56
The flag was blowing with air. Their is no air in space.
admin · December 14, 2015 at 10:19
Dear Alex, your second sentence is correct but sadly your first sentence is not accurate. Please see item 1 at 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
Rc · November 21, 2015 at 11:01
is the moon landing is fake?or real??
admin · November 23, 2015 at 10:44
Dear RC, why not just read the article you are commenting on?
Dillion · November 17, 2015 at 18:45
This has good facts.
Joshua · November 13, 2015 at 15:04
Remy · November 11, 2015 at 01:50
I apologize if this question may seem slightly off topic, but from an article I read in the past I am trying to find information pertaining to any unusual or rare planetary alignments that occurred on the date of the lunar landing / during the mission dates. Any constructive reply appreciated!
admin · November 12, 2015 at 09:29
Dear Remy, thanks for your question. I don’t honestly know what you’re referring to. The positions of the planets would not have any effect on the mission plan for a lunar landing so I cannot see why you might that this happened.
Luvubilly · January 6, 2016 at 04:55
Remy – I saw a show on either the discovery or history channel about ancient code and they mentioned the planetary alignment as well as the communion ritual as evidence of a peace offering – you can read about it more at: http://www.ancient-code.com/the-moon-landing-and-masonic-ritual/
admin · January 6, 2016 at 09:58
Dear Luvubilly, thanks for the link. Sadly, it is rather useless as it is full of material that is untrue (“Every time you look at a photograph from an unmanned probe of the planet Mars, there’s almost always something truly weird that doesn’t belong there that looks structural”), deliberately distorted to suit the article’s thesis (“exactly 33 minutes after landing, Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, who was a 33 Degree Scottish Rite Freemason was actually performing a ceremony on board the lunar module with Neil Armstrong” – Aldrin was celebrating Communion in accordance with his Roman Catholic beliefs, nothing to do with Free Masonry), stated with zero evidence to back it up (“…Farouk El-Baz, his father is also believed to be an expert on ancient Egypt, history and mythology” – who believes this and is it actually true?) or just plain meaningless (the Sea of Tranquility’s “coordinates lined up directly under Orion’s belt”).
Sadly, the article you have linked to is actually likely to make the reader more ignorant rather than better-informed!
Ramkumar Bhutra · November 5, 2015 at 16:44
Have they brought any material or soil(ashes) from moon..!! ?
admin · November 9, 2015 at 09:39
Dear Ramkumar, the Apollo missions brought back “382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust”, see Lunar Rocks and Soils from Apollo Missions (link).
About 326grammes of lunar material has also been brought back to Earth by the Soviet Luna series of robotic missions.
I hope that this has helped you.
Joy2 · November 4, 2015 at 06:02
If the mission was fake and all of this was fake why would people spend so much time on finding and posting information about it? See they wouldn’t. As well as the mission enhanced the amount of technology we have now and information we know about space. In fact many books are piled on my desk now that prove it was real.
The reason for people spending money on the mission is because it was just another front in the war against Communism and freedom. The
U.S. was trying to show the Soviets they would beat them Militarily and technologically. Militarily the “Cuban Missile Crises” and other things. Technologically the “Race to Space” or the “Apollo 11”. That is why the Apollo 11’s success was so amazing and a world changing event.
How could it be fake if it was so publicly announced? John F. Kennedy talked about it in many speeches and so did many other people. The “Apollo 11” was definitely not the only flight I mean it is in the category “Race to Space” it couldn’t possibly be one mission, there were many. It was publicly announced for every flight that the U.S. had launched. Unlike the Soviets the U.S. talked about it and it was all over the news as well, before each flight took off. The Soviets though were rather quite about each launch.
Though I could be wrong I would need a lot more information to tell me it was filmed in a studio.
Ramkumar · October 22, 2015 at 16:45
I have a question??
It was planned or not that who will step out first from the LM..
and if not planned than. was there any bitter conflict between Amstrong and Aldrin about the first step on the moon.
admin · October 23, 2015 at 17:12
Dear Ramkumar, I have answered this question before in these comments, but I’ll answer it again. The plans for every Apollo mission called for the commander (Armstrong in the case of Apollo 11) to step down to the Moon first and this is what happened.
However before the mission, Aldrin, who was understandably eager to be first on the Moon did try to have this policy changed but was unsuccessful.
This Is My Display Name · September 21, 2016 at 15:37
Well, let’s be fair that Aldrin’s basis for having that changed was grounded in NASA & military protocol, while NASA’s basis for not changing it was based on the simple logic of the positioning of the hatch.
Aldrin’s point, while illogical in the sense that it would require him to actually step over Neil, wasn’t something that can be fairly written off as him simply being “eager to be first on the Moon”, though that likely motivated his making the protocol argument that he did.
Let’s also not forget that the protocol originally wasn’t changed; it wasn’t always Neil as the first out. Aldrin, during rudimentary planning was supposed to be the first one out, but they changed the protocol for the reasoning that was already covered.
Some, including Aldrin, also cite the symbolism for the change, but it likely had much less impact on the decision than the aforementioned convenience.
Ramkumar · October 21, 2015 at 18:56
Always wants to know the untold story..(Top Secrets..)
guyl · October 9, 2015 at 14:56
Some are saying “the Americans were the first on the moon”. That needs to be cleared up a bit. They were the first (and only) to actually send humans there. But the USSR was the first to accomplish a soft landing of a space craft on the moon and send back pictures (Luna 9).
Ps vitA · October 6, 2015 at 18:33
Neil am strong is a very famous man that when he was a kid he dreamed about planes and rockets there’s been 12 people who have been in space to the moon there’s water on mars?????? ₩=!!!!!/=????
mujah ed!! · October 6, 2015 at 12:43
Wow..This was a wonderful article.To know more you can check out at (Link removed because the article it goes to is nonsense. this one https://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/5-goofy-moonlanding-hoax-theories.html is much better – ADMIN)
gr · October 5, 2015 at 22:30
the Americans were the first on the moon
santha Kumar · October 3, 2015 at 06:24
Very good site.Thanks
mcaguda · September 22, 2015 at 12:00
thnx fr these great men of the world n more so for letting us know wat we couldnt have known concerning the exploration
K K · July 6, 2015 at 19:16
Have a confusion….
I’ve heard that Buzz Aldrin was directed to step out ¹st but he got hesitated. In the meanwhile ordered came for Neil & he didn’t get hesitated & made the history to become the first person who landed on Moon.
admin · July 14, 2015 at 09:44
Dear KK, I’m sorry to say that you have been misinformed. The plans for every Apollo mission called for the commander (Armstrong in the case of Apollo 11) to step down to the Moon first and this what happened.
However before the mission, Aldrin, who was understandably eager to be first on the Moon did try to have this policy changed but was unsuccessful. You can read more about this at The Surprising Reason Neil Armstrong — And Not Buzz Aldrin — Was The First Person On The Moon (Link).
christianc3nidad · August 21, 2015 at 01:03
Niel Amstrong is not a first american that came to moon
admin · August 21, 2015 at 08:16
Dear Christian, I’ll need some evidence before I accept that.
This Is My Display Name · September 21, 2016 at 15:25
That’s not hard to provide, given that they said “came to” rather than “walked on”. There’s a reason that lists show 24 men have gone to the moon (CDR, LMP, & CMP for Apollo 8 & 10-17), while only 12 have walked on it (CDR & LMP for Apollo 11-12 & 14-17).
The first Americans to go to the moon were Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, & Frank Borman in December of 1968. They were followed by Gene Cernan, Thomas Stafford, & John Young in May of 1969. It was only after those 6 went to the moon that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, & Michael Collins did the same in July of 1969 (thus becoming Americans #7, 8, & 9).
Whether the person you’re replying to meant to say “walked on” is something we’ll likely never know, but technically speaking, what they wrote, as they wrote it, is 100% accurate.
Of course, this is only assuming that you misread their statement or inferred that they meant something beyond what they said, and not that you’re backing some new moon hoax that says that Apollo 11 was real, but Apollo 8 & 10 were not.
bharath Raj · July 2, 2015 at 13:05
Sir, I had a doubt from my childhood that it is said that the Gravity on moon is less and Mr Neil Armstrong did placed his foot on a rocky platform but the foot print is very intense as he has done it on mud. Really silly question but still a doubt.
admin · July 14, 2015 at 10:33
Dear Bharath Raj, thanks for your comment, the lunar surface is not just rock but is covered in completely dry “soil” or regolith. The upper layer of this is mainly a fine dust which readily accepts foot prints, you can read more about it in Parameters of Lunar Soils by David A. Kring (link).
Skip · June 22, 2015 at 14:47
All I have to say is this: Late in the evening of 24 July 1969, I was lying on top of a bunker in Dong Ha, South Viet Nam when I saw a very bright “shooting star” and suddenly realized what it was. I went into the Comm Center, where I worked to hear the voice on the radio announce re-entry of Apollo 11.
Chuck · June 21, 2015 at 23:56
INTERESTING: The Apollo 11 astronauts returning from the first manned mission to land on the Moon, had to fill out Customs and Immigration declaration forms at Honolulu International Airport upon return in order to get back into the US from the Moon. YES! Our Apollo astronauts had to do more paperwork to get back into the US than illegals have to do now to get into the US, get jobs, get welfare, get amnesty, get college tuition breaks, get citizenship, etc….
Preston · May 25, 2015 at 05:31
Some people and some thinkers come late to the reality of every thing. The Moon mission/landing (by humans) was one of, if not the most significant achievements in history. Many “kooks” will try to “neg” on it. They will not succeed in trying to minimize it. The Greatest event in history!
HIPBILLY · May 23, 2015 at 19:49
THE QUESTION ON THE AMERICAN FLAG LEFT ON THE MOON BY TWO OF THE BIGGEST HERO’S IN MY LIFETIME HAS BEEN USED BY THE NON-BELIEVERS AS A REFERENCE TO THE MOON LANDING AS BEING FAKED. THEY SUGGEST BECAUSE THE FLAG IS WAVING IN FOOTAGE SHOT THAT IT WAS TAKEN FROM A STUDIO. THE FLAG WAS CONSTRUCTED TO APPEAR AS TO BE WAVING IN THE WIND AS WE SEE IT HERE ON EARTH. THE FLAG DID MOVE UPON TAKEOFF FROM THE SURFACE BUT THAT WAS DUE TO THE PROPELLANTS USED TO LAUNCH THE MODULE FROM THE LUNAR SURFACE
Dev Thakkar · July 6, 2015 at 14:23
Dear HIPBILLY, I respect your thoughts and theories but you cannot say the word non believers because there are some people like me who don’t the truth properly
Even I completely believed that there are some hardcore heroes who have landed on moon and I loved it but the people who were out the right knowledge and truth posted their questions on social networking sites and articles etc, so by this my mind forced me research further. And I got this place seems to be lucky for me and truely loved your comments I got to know some things about this topic and I am really thankfull to your comment thanks. Hipbilly
Samantha · March 17, 2015 at 09:11
Thank you for the comment Dick, I will adjust this in the article. The Strut didn’t fully compress upon landing and Neil Armstrong did test getting back up to the step before exploring the moon’s surface. The link below shows the recorded conversations between Armstrong and the ground where he mentions the strut and testing if he can get back up to the door. In this it says ‘the astronauts had to contend with a jump of slightly more than 32 inches’ which is just over 2 feet.
luke · March 5, 2015 at 14:28
They never left earth orbit never went to the moon — look inside the LEM and the capsule see how much room they had? no way 2 men in suits can fit inside that LEM or fit threw the door — not one pic or video shows anyone ever coming out that door — and theres no bathroom in it — so case closed they lied.
admin · March 5, 2015 at 22:16
Dear Luke, thanks for your comments. You’re right in saying the LM was cramped, but not impossibly so. Have a look at this article (link) on how the space in the LM was used for the most important tasks (flying, landing, rendezvous, sleep, exit). You might want to look at this picture of Aldrin preparing to exit the LM (link) or this picture of him actually crawling through the door (link). As you can see it was perfectly possible and recorded on film.
While there was no bathroom in an Apollo LM, there was a toilet (or a lunar module waste management system as NASA preferred to call it), you can read about it in APOLLO EXPERIENCE REPORT-CREW PROVISIONS AND EQUIPMENT SUBSYSTEM (link). The historical record does not support your assumption of deceit. Human beings really did go to the Moon, how cool is that?
I hope you have found this helpful.
(You might enjoy our article NASA’s Lunar Module: Everything You Need to Know (link))
Dev Thakkar · July 6, 2015 at 13:49
Who are u I don’t know but u are absolutely right about their suits no one ever answered this question
How come the american flag wave like if it was waving in strong breeze. Plz observe the images of the flag
Dev Thakkar · July 6, 2015 at 13:53
please if anyone can answer to my question
admin · July 14, 2015 at 09:50
Dear Dev, you may want see see Item 1 on my list of 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link)!
Dick · February 19, 2015 at 02:12
Contrary to what is claimed in # 7, Armstrong’s first step onto the moon was not the “4 foot jump” claimed. Indeed, because the struts did not compress, his “jump” from the bottom rung of the ladder to the “footpad” below (there were 4 of them on the LEM, one each at the bottom of each primary strut) was about 4 feet.
In fact, before stepping onto the moon, Armstrong purposely jumped back up to the bottom rung of the ladder to ensure it wouldn’t be a problem later. It wasn’t. He made the jump just fine. Then, with both of his feet planted firmly on the inside of the concave shaped footpad. 38 year old Neil Alden Armstrong lifted his size 9 1/2 left foot, stepped to his left and downward about 8 inches onto the surface of the moon and into history.
CONFUSED · February 11, 2015 at 17:06
In this website there is calculations that neither Saturn, nor Space Shuttles, could lift off the ground at all. If was my first time to hear about this.
I would like to hear your take on that hypothesis.
Its last entries recommends doing searches for “top apollo fakes”. I did that and your website was one of the many links that popped up.
There are many more pages on that Veterans Today website on this and can be searched in their search box. One last one was called “interstellar” alien technology used in Apollos. That was also debunked by its readers as myths.
admin · February 12, 2015 at 12:12
Dear Confused, thank you for letting me know about that. I struggled through the article you linked to and I found it a depressing celebration of ignorance. To my horror the comments are even worse! But eventually I found the comment that you are interested in. I have two points in response.
Over the decades, literally millions of people have witnessed the launch of Space Shuttles and Saturn rockets (and Atlas, Proton, Ariane, Titan etc series). If the person who left the comment is speaking truthfully and large rockets cannot even leave the ground, how does that square with the experiences of so many people?
As to the graph which the person uses to reach his conclusion, it is to be found at this link. If you read the surrounding text you will see that it refers to the dynamics of small (less than 2kg) model rockets designed to operate at altitudes less than 1320 feet (about 400 m). the author describes how this kind of lightweight rocket experiences significant drag at this altitude range, negatively effecting the maximum altitude that can be attained . The graph does not scale up for space rockets!
I’m glad you came to us to ask about this, but may I ask why you thought there would be any valid information about space travel at the Veteran’s Today site you linked to?
will · November 4, 2015 at 02:59
wait was it fake?
admin · November 4, 2015 at 09:53
Dear Will, of course not!
Gareth Jones · May 22, 2016 at 20:13
Dear Confused, don’t worry about the rockets not being able to lift off the ground, I’ve seen lots of calculations proving conclusively that Bumble Bees can’t fly. Unfortunately no one seems to have shown these calculations to the Bees, so maybe the astrononauts don’t know that their rockets can’t fly.
admin · May 23, 2016 at 09:38
Dear Gareth, just a couple of additional comments.
I’d really appreciate it if you can send me a link to these calculations? I’m interested in the truth behind this meme.
Just to be really clear, the “graph proving rockets can’t fly” Confused referenced was relating the maximum altitudes different model rockets of various weights can attain. It does not in any way relate to rocket launch vehicles.
Aamiya · January 14, 2015 at 07:03
Nice to know these information’s. But, I would like to know more new things about the moon.
Curious old soldierman · January 6, 2015 at 16:32
i have a question about our space travels………. do we send our astronauts up in space with any kind of basic weaponry to defend themselves IF a threatening life form was found?
admin · January 6, 2015 at 16:48
Well, there isn’t anywhere nearby that is hospitable for life so it has not been an issue.
gingerlongtail · April 15, 2015 at 16:57
only if life would pop up on a radar, they would be armed anyway. Aliens are not a issue in the solar system yet.
Dick · February 19, 2015 at 02:23
I sorta don’t think so, as it it would pretty much negate the verbiage on the plaque left on the decent stage of Apollo X!, that being,
“We came in peace, for all mankind.’
Anon · October 17, 2015 at 21:33
Well, Soyuz carries guns, in case they land off target back on Earth and have to defend themselves against wolves or bears or something. They’re not machine guns or anything, just rifles.
admin · October 19, 2015 at 09:14
Dear Anon, thanks for your comment. You might enjoy our article on Space Guns (link).
Gareth Jones · May 22, 2016 at 20:08
Dear Curious old soldierman, the astronauts are the threatening lifeforms
Anna · January 5, 2015 at 11:57
Can someone tell me why the astronauts left a metal flag instead of a cloth one , at least that’s what I’ve heard.
admin · January 5, 2015 at 13:01
Dear Anna, no, the flags were made of nylon. There is a whole article on the flags on our site at this link (pages 10-12) and we also briefly discuss the idea that the flags move in a breeze in our article on the hoaxed landing rumours (link).
Curious old soldierman · January 6, 2015 at 16:34
i would imagine it is because metal was more likely to last longer
admin · January 6, 2015 at 16:49
I think the flags only needed to last the duration of the astronauts’ stay on the Moon. The flags are still there but they have probably been severely bleached by the sunlight.
Aamiya · December 31, 2014 at 05:52
I too heard that the moon landing is fake and the pictures are taken only from the studio.
admin · January 5, 2015 at 09:25
Hi Aamiya, I think you need to broaden your research a bit! Try some of the articles here (link)!
saleem afaqi · June 7, 2016 at 04:13
is it true that neil armstrong became muslim
admin · June 7, 2016 at 07:37
Dear Saleem, thank you for your question. I am sorry but this not true, we discuss this claim in more detail in the article 8 Myths About Neil Armstrong’s Flight to the Moon (link).
I hope this has helped you.
Bill Demos · March 3, 2016 at 09:08
There are too many errors they made filming that hoax. You will find a lot of them: lights converging to a point, no stars around even when focusing on the earth, the high radiation outside the Van Allen Belts, the even higher radiation within the Van Allen Belts, and some others. Some people may claim that they stayed only a few minutes in those belts. Well, radiation works like rain: if you run faster though rain you will not get less wet. But anyhow, the biggest problem is not all those listed above, it is this:
THE BIGGEST NASA’s mess up was that they used THE SAME backgrounds for different shots, allegedly miles/days away! In some shots you can see the moon lander, in other shots, with EXACTLY the same background, point for point, it is absent. It took 2 hours for Russians physicists to know it was a hoax when they first saw the pics. Now, you may wonder why they haven’t told on the Americans. Well, they both have the same program to get money off their tax payers to build better rockets/weapons, so they are on the same side.
On the bright side, the race to the moon is still OPEN!
admin · March 3, 2016 at 11:45
Dear Bill, I am happy to say most of your objections to the reality of the Apollos are old and easily refuted, as I have done many times in the pages of this blog. A couple were new to me:
I don’t understand your point here, could you elaborate?
I am not sure if I agree with your reasoning here. Which option gets you wetter; if you run in the rain and your journey takes 5 minutes then you get under cover (exposed to the rain for 5 minutes) or walk the same course in the rain so that the journey takes 20 minutes and then under cover (exposed to the rain for 20 minutes)?
Are you really sure about this?
Nikita · October 21, 2017 at 06:53
When I fast forwarded the video in which thy landed on moon and kept their first foot, I saw that it was like normal people walking and. The way someone fell in the video was so perfect too. If we see clearly when he fell no dust moved and there wasn’t even the print of his suit.
The marks made by their shoes were also so perfect.
So I believe the moon landings were fake
elmo · March 12, 2016 at 15:51
The moon landing was real.. They reacted it to use as proof.. They cant show the original footage bc there were objects on the footage that would make people go crazy so they could not show us.. They saw things they couldnt understand or ex
admin · March 14, 2016 at 07:55
Dear Elmo, thanks for your comment. However as the first walk on the Moon was broadcast live and watched by millions who saw no unusual “objects” what you are saying cannot be correct.
Gareth Jones · May 22, 2016 at 20:05
Okay, Admin, here’s my question. If the Lunar landings were broadcast live and we saw the astronought taking his first step onto the Lunar surface, who set the camera up to take the photographs. Both astronoughts would have been still on the landing module, wouldn’t they?
admin · May 23, 2016 at 09:29
Dear Gareth, thank you for your question. There was a movie camera on the Lunar Module’s descent stage which the first astronaut on the ladder deployed and activated by pulling on a lanyard. This is covered as item 3 in our article 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
I hope this has helped you.
Victor Lange · December 9, 2014 at 03:47
I have a trivial question, but one that has always interested me. I believe it was with Apollo 12, though I could be wrong. Some of the photographs show that the external mylar sheathing has been damaged, torn away, revealing the gray painted metal underneath. I’ve never, in my research, been able to find out what is thought to have caused this. Do you happen to know? Were there any overheating issues doe to this damage?
admin · December 9, 2014 at 15:10
Dear Victor, I’m sorry but I’m not aware of this incident.
Howard Moon · December 10, 2014 at 21:00
There is no such thing as a trivial question! I am familiar of the damage you are referring to with the Apollo mission. According to the documents, what happened was when Stanley Kubrick was filming on the set, a light or sound guy (I can’t remember which) was walking under the Lunar Module with his boom extended. The boom guy was a bit clumsy and actually snagged the fabric, and ripped it, revealing the gray painted sheet metal underneath. Unfortunately, the filming set crew just never got around to repairing it for further filming.
admin · December 10, 2014 at 21:15
Ho ho ho!
turtle · December 2, 2014 at 16:27
but some people said that the moon landing was fake and it was just shot in a holly wood studio what do you think???????
Victor Lange · December 9, 2014 at 03:48
There is a not a single bit of verifiable evidence to indicate that any of the Apollo landings were fake, There are millions of data points that clearly demonstrate the reality of the Apollo landings.I’s all freely available to you.
nashment · December 10, 2014 at 21:49
why do you think there infact would not be a single bit of verifiable evidence to indicate that any of the Apollo landings were fake, even if they could have easily have been?
John Brown · December 2, 2017 at 01:30
Dick · February 19, 2015 at 02:29
The United States of America is the only country in the world where a sizeable portion of the population think Professional Wrestling is real, but the moon landings were faked.
This pretty much says it all… 🙂
AndyD · February 27, 2016 at 04:52
Yours is the best argument yet.
Arguing with some people is like Mark Twain said,
“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it frustrates you and annoys the pig.”
“You are just try to match wits with an unarmed man” – various attributions.
Kaiden · August 5, 2015 at 07:56
I thought it was a fake as well but it turned out it was real from a video I watched on you tube
John Brown · December 2, 2017 at 01:42
I believe the moon landing did happen but as you read this article and statement by NASA you will read how they erased the original video to attempt to clean it up and then replaced it with a digital remake of what happened ( a fake copy).
jhasbfjlhqsaqdjlsa · October 1, 2015 at 20:28
your right they made it out of cardboard boxes
admin · October 2, 2015 at 08:02
I am afraid that you will need evidence before anyone will accept that claim.
Marty Tarver · January 17, 2017 at 10:40
Apollo 11 astronauts left reflectors on the lunar surface. You can bounce Lazer light off of the reflectors and detect the Lazer light as it bounces back to the surface of the earth.
Speaking of being disrespectful. Think of the disrespect being posted on here targeting brave Americans that risked lives to achieve this goal of the entire nation. Set in motion by a courageous President. The hard work of 1000’s of American men and women to attain this monumental achievement with the technology of the 1960’s. The death of the American imagination was the death of the American space program. Hopefully, not the death of the nation itself.
Fair winds and following seas Neil, Buzz and Mike. Bravo Zulu.
Debbie O'Donnell · November 11, 2014 at 16:13
Buzz Aldrin was and is a very spiritual person. There was NOTHING disrespectful about him expressing himself in a moment of awe and reflection. Aldrin and Armstrong were the first men to land on the moon!! I think that grants you the right to say something meaningful and personally important!! Without fully knowing their fate (whether they would be able to fire the engine on the LM to successfully dock with the CM in order to return home) Buzz did what came naturally to him… said a prayer. He also partook of holy communion as to him, this moon landing was more than just technology at work. He was a man of faith and also recognized the tremendous significance that their mission had to ALL mankind. Many astronauts have since spoken of the spiritual moments they had whilst experiencing the sights from space. All 3 astronauts on Apollo 8 quoted from Genesis. I think regardless of your religion or even if you’re an atheist, surely you can respect an astronauts right to express themselves such ways. I think it’s thought provoking and actually amazing that such brilliant scientific minds, who have lived and worked in an environment of technology and knowlege of the earth and space… or who have served many years in the military… believe in God and use their faith to send us messages of peace from space ❤️
Locacabana · November 16, 2014 at 17:09
Agreed Debbie! The only disrespect I saw was to a national hero’s freedom of speech & freedom of religion. These were AMERICANS and they were FREE to speak and worship as they wish, at least in 1969, that was still respected. These men, as all people, should NEVER need to hide who they are or what higher power/spirituality they hold true, if any.
David Barbour · March 1, 2016 at 21:09
Well said Debbie, Buzz Aldrin probably believed the record in the Gospel of John chapter one 1 – 5 confirming the deity of Christ as partaking in the creation of all things yet becoming man for our sakes.
School Student · November 2, 2014 at 23:15
What ‘religious stuff’?
admin · November 3, 2014 at 09:09
The person who left the original comment was invited to explain their concern but never did, so we may never know.
Andrew Barber · September 27, 2014 at 20:34
The religious stuff was VERY VERY disrespectful!
admin · September 29, 2014 at 09:20
I’m sorry you feel that way, can you explain what you find to be disrespectful?
School Student · October 19, 2015 at 01:20
This stuff was very helpful though!
anver sadath sheka · April 28, 2016 at 18:01
Yes it was very help
benedict · September 19, 2016 at 16:35
Ya it I very helpful especially for home work or school project like my school that was my topic space exploratory
harsh · January 22, 2016 at 13:34
till now theres noone who went on moon its all fake and is proved
admin · January 22, 2016 at 17:07
Dear Harsh, thank you for your comment, unfortunately what you are saying is rather unclear. Could you say it again in another way?
Nick · June 16, 2016 at 01:10
Sorry. NASA fudeged up. While giving a speech about the orion mission to Mars. NASA, can not figure a way to get humans through the Van Allen radation belt safely. This spans out to beyond 250,000 miles. Now isnt the moon about 250,000 miles away?
admin · June 16, 2016 at 08:28
Dear Nick, thank you for your comment. I am not sure that I agree with what you are saying.
I have not heard of this speech, could you provide more information about who said this and where and when it was said? Could this be a possible reference to the narration on the NASA video made before the Orion Engineering Test Flight-1? If so I have discussed this before at length in this comments section (see question by IknowYouTroll on 16 April 2016 and my response).
This is not actually correct (I would be interested to know where you heard this). The Van Allen Belts vary in size but at their largest the outer belt only extends out about 60 000 km (37 300 miles) from Earth.
I hope this helps you.
John · December 10, 2016 at 05:00
I have heard it. It was on a youtube video quite a while back,but they later craftily edited it out. I should have downloaded it as evidence. But I definitely heard him say places like Mars and the moon the first time around,no doubt,clear as a bell.
And they are about to launch a rocket called Irion thats SOLE PURPOSE is to check the Van Allen belt because,and he still says it in the video,they don’t know if a human can travel though it. Well a total of 24 astronauts have travelled to the moon (not all actually walking on it) so that is 48 times (there and back) a human has already passed thought it. So why the sudden interest in if a human can safely pass through it or not?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlXG0REiVzE
admin · December 13, 2016 at 10:26
Dear John, thank you for your comments.
Can give any details at all of this speech you believe has been edited? The speaker’s name would be a great help. Better still would be if you can send me a link to the edited version so I can look into this
I have already answered queries about the Orion spacecraft’s first mission (EFT-1), in fact you are replying to one of them, so I hope you don’t mind me copying and pasting an earlier response. You can read our articles about Orion EFT-1 at this link and this link) I would just correct you by noting that the first Orion mission was not dedicated solely to studying the Van Allan Belts, it was a complete test flight for a new spacecraft. The video you link to is very clear about this. I think too that 27 astronauts have been to the vicinity of the Moon (Apollos 8, 10-17, each with a three person crew).
Briefly, the Orion spacecraft is shielded just as the Apollo series were, but it is somewhat different from the Apollo spacecraft. Three significant differences are its construction of light weight aluminium-lithium alloy (rather than just aluminium) which to the best of my knowledge has not been used on a previous crewed spacecraft, its use of modern semi-conductor electronics (which were not widely used on the Apollo missions and are more vulnerable to radiation damage) and its design specifications for prolonged deep space operations (causing long-term exposure to cosmic radiation and high-energy solar particles). These differences mean that the exact details of the shielding are not the same as an Apollo CM’s so on a test flight there was a need to confirm that the Orion’s shielding performed as expected.
The engineer in the video you link to clearly says
then goes on to discuss the shielding.
Also, there was a research payload onboard the Orion test flight designed to measure radiation levels to test the effectiveness of various experimental shield materials and structures (as ideally these would be as light as possible). The engineer in the video may have been referring to this experiment too.
I hope this answer has helped you.
Stalin.v · July 22, 2016 at 17:45
If moon is brighter than 1000 watts bulb, how can human can see the objects there. If moon is such a bright planet, then it must be hot and we cannot stand there nor survive..
Then, How apollo 11 can be possible? Is it fake?
admin · July 26, 2016 at 10:48
Dear Stalin.V, thank you for your question but I am afraid that it is based on a misconception.
This does not really mean anything, where did you hear this said? But let’s try to very roughly compare a light bulb and the Moon.
I cannot find statistics for a 1000W bulb but according to Wikipedia the filament of a 60W bulb is 580 mm long (uncoiled) and 0.046 mm thick. This means its total surface area is about 0.00084 square metres. Dividing 60W by this area shows the bulb’s filament emits about 72000W per square metre.
The side of the Moon illuminated by the Sun has an area of about 19 million square km (equivalent to 19 trillion square metres). This receives 1400 W per metre from the Sun (the same as the Earth receives as we’re the same distance from the Sun). The Moon reflects all this energy from the Sun back into space (it’s in equilibrium, it’s not getting hotter or cooler) so this will mean this side of the Moon is emitting vastly more energy in total than any light bulb (1400 x 19 trillion W), but over a much greater area. On average the Moon is emitting 1400 W per square metre (about 50 times less per square metre that a 60W light bulb.)
The Moon’s surface is not hotter than a light bulb. The highest temperature there is about 120 degree C at noon. This is in no way an impossible hazard to astronauts. There is no evidence for fakery.
I hope this helps you.
push__ · October 19, 2016 at 02:35
Ahhh the Stefan-Boltzmann law luminosity is proportional to the fourth power of the temperature.
Energy radiated per square meter (flux) is equal to oT^4.
o= 5.67 *10^8
the math exists this is proven stuff. i dont understand how someone could look at both sides of the argument and say “yeah it was deffinatly a hoax. im gonna believe this video on youtube over the thousand and thousands of documents,math, and science”
TJ · December 10, 2016 at 15:40
The moon isn’t a planet
rahul · June 26, 2017 at 19:52
stalin moon has not its own light, it is the reflection of sunlight on moon,which we see from earth 🙂
My name is none of your business · October 18, 2016 at 03:04
The landing was fake don’t act like a robot and say, “oh, I didn’t understand”, because their’s no wind on the moon so how was the flag moving in the air, and don’t say I’m wrong or I’ll sue!
admin · October 18, 2016 at 07:44
Dear My Name, thank you for your comments. Sadly you have also been misinformed. Please see item 1 (and the discussion with Nathan in the Comments section) at 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link).
Jay · November 23, 2016 at 20:07
It was a stiff flag so it was permanently stuck in that position……….you’re wrong !!!!
admin · November 25, 2016 at 10:38
Dear Jay, thank you for your comment. The Apollo flags were very basic nylon flags purchased off the shelf, they were fitted with a stiffening rod though.
Avika · September 24, 2017 at 17:03
Yeah , friend you are right the landing was fake! And there is no air in space
admin · September 27, 2017 at 11:19
I believe the previous admin has given plenty of further reading and explanations about the flag on the moon. Please read all the above comments sent by admin.
Someome · September 29, 2017 at 19:33
I don’t know about the landing, but the flag had a stiffing rod in it so when they placed it down the rod moved left and right making it look like wind was hitting it but there was clearly no wind. There is a video of the myth busters doing the moon landing it is very helpful if you think the landing is fake still.
admin · September 30, 2017 at 14:43
Love Myth Busters!!
Kanav rastogi · February 12, 2016 at 15:20
Christopher · March 7, 2016 at 09:00
Ask them why NASA has NO pictures/video of ANY Astronaut EVER leaving or returning through the HATCH area!
Out of all those hours upon hours of supposed video footage, it NEVER shows them exiting or returning!
That smells really fishy right there!
admin · March 7, 2016 at 10:47
Dear Christopher, thank you for your comments but once again I detect a lack of rigor in your research. Here for example is a video of the Apollo 15 crew entering their Lunar Module (link) and Aldrin can be seen exiting the Lunar Module in the first image in our article NASA’s Lunar Module: Everything You Need to Know (link).
I hope that this has helped you.
Eduardo · January 31, 2017 at 21:19
Nikita · October 21, 2017 at 06:54
When I fast forwarded the video in which thy landed on moon and kept their first foot, I saw that it was like normal people walking and. The way someone fell in the video was so perfect too. If we see clearly when he fell no dust moved and there wasn’t even the print of his suit.
The marks made by their shoes were also so perfect.
So I believe the moon landings were fake
jimmy · August 12, 2016 at 19:23
man has never been on the moon it is impossible for them to get past the radiation belt in theyre flimsy tin foil suits in a scrap metal module which apparrantly left the main rocket parked up, went down to the moon landed miraculasly seeing weeks before while testing on earth it crashed nasa must be really clever to sort that out in 3 week then we are led to believe it blasted off redocked with the mother ship which mustve just been parked up then fired the engines came back thruogh formentioned radiation and came home when asked if he could see the stars from the moon collins made a wrong answer he should not have been answering this was later rather covered up or was a printing error as the remark was put down to aldrin there is so much i could go on about this fake landing like after all the radiation how havent any one of them got cancer or theyre kids birth defects due to radiation worse than chernobyl plus why wont neil armstrong answer any questions about the mission he said ask no questions and i will tell no lies all down to nixon taking peoples minds off thousands of his army getting killed by the vietnamese the space shuttle only went as high as the radiation belt and had to back off or they all would have died if they went any further the moon landing is one huge hoax
jimmy · August 12, 2016 at 21:40
by the way mythbusters did a programme about the moon landings and even they said it could very easily have been staged yes at the end they said the moon landings are true but seeing they were using nasa equipment and have borrowed from nasa for other shows they would say its true they wouldnt want to ruin being able to call on nasa to use things for the show by saying it was staged but they did prove everything could very easily have been faked
admin · August 23, 2016 at 14:47
Dear Jimmy, you are right to be suspicious of how TV programmes describe science. That is why the historical truth is not based on TV programmes.
admin · August 23, 2016 at 14:45
Dear Jimmy, thank you for your comments. Sadly you seem to have just accepted the same old tales without any research or critical thinking. Why don’t you have a look at some of the links at the end of the article and discover the truth?
ToSeek · September 21, 2016 at 18:31
The vehicle that crashed was a test vehicle used in earth-based training since the lunar module wasn’t designed to fly in Earth’s atmosphere. The lunar module was successfully tested in space on Apollo missions 5 (unmanned), 9, and 10 before being used to land for Apollo 11 and the ensuing missions (except Apollo 13, of course, when it became a lifeboat for the astronauts to get home in).
Peter Turner · January 18, 2017 at 21:51
PLEASE EXPLAIN why we don’t see any dust on the footing of the lander and there would be a divot on the surface right under the modular there should be something under the thrust of those engines
school student · May 12, 2015 at 08:00
who got to the moon first though the Russians or the Americans
el · September 12, 2015 at 05:42
the russians never landed on the moon
eddie · February 17, 2016 at 20:55
neither did the americans
admin · February 22, 2016 at 09:59
Dear Eddie, thanks for your comment but I think you perhaps need to read the article again!
Bill Demos · March 3, 2016 at 08:55
Maybe you should write the article again, because it certainly does not explain WHY there are the SAME BACKGROUNDS on photographs taken allegedly from miles apart. This is the biggest headache of NASA since they cannot debunk it in the usual manner…
admin · March 3, 2016 at 11:30
Dear Bill, thanks for your comments. Can you give me an example of this?
ABCD NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS · December 18, 2016 at 19:06
Why are you so stupid I mean the flag was moving and the Americans said there was no wind in space and the supposed moon rock given to the dutch prime minister of the time was found to be fake and was in facts wood and stop acting like a robot because if you want to say something search it up stupid.
admin · December 19, 2016 at 10:54
Dear ABCD, thank you for your comments.
This is not correct, see our article 5 Goofy Moonlanding Hoax Theories (link) and its comments section for more details.
Who told you these fake facts? (and why did they tell them to you?). There is a brief account of the truth about this story in this Wikipedia article (link).
May I ask why you feel that you need to communicate in this rude and aggressive manner? Could it be a sign that you know that your arguments are weak and you need to compensate for their lack of factual support?
Christopher · March 7, 2016 at 09:17
It is Kinda hard to believe that man went to the moon in the 50’s but hadn’t even made a frikin colored tv yet isn’t it!
Also kind of hard to imagine them being able to pull it off w/o a frikin computer either! Not to mention ALL the primitive technology around at that time!
That’s pretty funny when you think about like that, huh?
admin · March 7, 2016 at 10:36
Dear Christopher, thank you for your comments but I feel that you ought to broaden your research, starting with checking on when the Moon missions happened (reading the article that you are commenting on might help you). Computers were used throughout the Apollo project notably the Apollo Guidance Computer. If you are interested in researching this further, you could start with the Computer Weekly article at this link.
John Hails · April 6, 2016 at 01:49
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obxmar · October 28, 2016 at 17:47
Yes, we did. And the biggest proof of that is that the Russians knew it and did not dispute it.
Burt · August 31, 2018 at 22:14
Tintin and Captain Haddock went to the Moon.
gr · October 5, 2015 at 22:29
the Americans were the first on the moon 🙂
Bill Demos · March 3, 2016 at 08:56
yes, on TV, Kubric surely deserved a better death than to be drowned by CIA
admin · March 3, 2016 at 11:31
Dear Bill, unless you have evidence for this claim it is hard to take it seriously.
zoe a 4th grader · October 22, 2015 at 14:18
I was wondering a bought that too I think the Russians landed on the moon
stewart · November 4, 2015 at 20:47
Russias Luna 3 was the first spacecraft to land on the moon luna 8 was the first to send back pictures from the moons surface and luna 10 was the first to orbit the moon 3 yrs before America who copied russian technology to achieve their first landing
admin · November 5, 2015 at 09:12
Dear Stewart, thank for your comments, however I need to point out that
is not correct. Luna 3 was a historic mission which gave us our first look at the Moon’s farside, but it did not land on the Moon and in fact orbited the Earth until it burned up on reentry in the early 1960s.
This is not accurate either, Luna 8’s landing was unsuccessful (which is to say it was wrecked in a crash). You must be thinking of Luna 9 which made the first successful landing by a probe on 3 February 1966.
Luna 10 was the first probe to orbit the Moon in March 1966, but it was followed by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 just five months (not three years) later.
Do you have a citation for “America who copied russian technology to achieve their first landing”? By first landing do you mean the Surveyor or Apollo missions?
stewart · November 4, 2015 at 20:49
Russia was the first to land a space craft on the moon and the first to orbit the moon
rhyeg3rf · November 9, 2015 at 23:41
are you mad! the whole reason neil armstrong went to the moon was because of the race between the americans and USSR and the americans won
John Macintosh · January 5, 2016 at 18:34
jack · January 17, 2016 at 03:31
russia won before the u.s.a got thier first
admin · January 18, 2016 at 09:54
Dear Jack, thanks for your comment. Just be clear, we’re agreeing that the first people on the Moon were the USA’s Armstrong and Aldrin in 1969 but the first spacecraft to successfully soft land on the Moon was Luna 9 probe in 1966 which was launched by the USSR (which was basically Russia).
Sue · April 12, 2016 at 17:49
Thank You for all Your TRUE FACTS,…”admin!!”
I Just don’t understand Why these people, Do Not Believe what you are saying, or What Is Historically & Factually Written & Proved!?!
“Jack,” “Stewart,” “Bill,” “Harsh,” (and others), Obviously Did Not Read All of the articles & Interesting Info Above!!?!!
Yes, the Russians Got THERE” (to the moon), First, in 1966, (with “Luna 9), but it Was a PROBE!! Our U.S. “Trek,” Of Course, Was a Manned Voyage..”Apollo 11s” Brave Astronauts, Aldrin, Armstrong, & Collins!!
Also, I Agree That It Was Buzz Aldrin’s Right To Read A Bible Passage, and If He Wanted To Pray, That Was His or Anyone’s Right, (Free Speech, or Whatever), As Well!! After All, Seeing the Wonderful Magnificense, Awe, Wonder, and Beauty of Our Great Earth, Stars, (Being ON), the Moon & Planets, Would Bring Anyone, Who Is Even Somewhat A Believer, Closer To God, No Matter Which Religion They Are,…or Even Just Being A Spiritual Person!!
Let’s Also Remember That School Kids Are Reading Our Comments,…So Let’s PLEASE Keep the Comments Clean & RESPECTFUL, For Them, and For Our America, And Her Heroes!! Thanks
Pedro Ferreira · April 17, 2016 at 18:10
Totally Agree with Sue!!
Thankfully We still have People like Admin , which cause admiration, beautiful work!
Incredible patience !
Wesley Williams · August 6, 2016 at 21:44
My thanks as well. I was there during those amazing years. Still am tickled to hear all the pokes made to negate what was done by these brave men. Yes, there were problems…the Apollo 11 moonwalk pics are crummy because the network news video system wasn’t compatible with NASA’s…like trying to hook up Beta and VHS. What you see is a B&W shoulder held camera filming off a TV monitor at mission control. Things like so few pics of the guys getting in or out is for the simple fact that the amount of film available was limited…it’s not like now. It all had to go on film and “hi mom” pics were totally unnecessary considering the momentous event. Most of the questions can be easily answered with serious research. The whole mission flew with less computer capability than a basic cell phone now has. My personal thanks to the admin for refereeing this site!
admin · August 8, 2016 at 09:38
sol cutta · September 13, 2016 at 17:49
well why not return now and take some amazing hd videos and pics and do some great science tech maybe put some more modern tech up there etc, why no moon landings in all these years?
admin · September 15, 2016 at 12:29
Dear Sol Cutta, thank you for your question. The same question was recently asked by “flowin71”, please look at my answers to him posted on 5 May 2016. I hope this helps you.
Some guy · June 12, 2015 at 20:32
I’m an atheist and even I don’t find anything even remotely disrespectful about Buzz Aldrin observing his own personal beliefs at such a significant moment in his life. Seriously, it’s not that big a deal.
Notasheep · July 30, 2015 at 12:06
Post not published for its aggressive and rude language aimed at another user- ADMIN
Mary Lou · April 4, 2016 at 22:56
Thank you for your comment and respect. I agree. No damage done.
I was a kid when this took place.
Julio Torres · October 28, 2015 at 06:33
Although some non-religious people might not like, humanity is, in its great religious majority, and Christian religions grouped 33% of people. So, which Aldrin did what he did, proves that human spirituality is always present in the most important moments of mankind.
will · November 4, 2015 at 03:01
(Comment will not be published- Will, if you wish to participate here, never try to post comments like that. This is is your one and only warning-ADMIN)
Meira · January 25, 2016 at 19:55
I know right!?
Iqra · March 24, 2016 at 10:06
Where is religious part????
admin · March 24, 2016 at 10:12
Dear Iqra, the original poster made his comment in September 2014 but has never returned to explain it despite being invited to. My best guess is that he was referring to item 9 in the article.
Tom wiseman · May 30, 2016 at 18:08
Why would it be disrespectfull for a man to include his God and king jesus in giving thanks for a safe landing?in would have left a bible there for the Alians to read.
Dan · June 9, 2016 at 09:06
The Moon Walk Mythos is comical. USA USA USA. I fell for it for 36 years. Akin to Moses parting the sea and Jesus rising from the dead. Kind of funny how there is no rocket crater underneath the Landing Module yet they landed it “so softly the shock absorbers had not compressed”. I have some ocean front property in Oklahoma for you to buy.
admin · June 10, 2016 at 08:41
Dear Dan, thank you for your comments, however are you sure that they are not simply reflecting your opinions rather than facts? For example
Is this claim based on knowledge of the Lunar Module’s variation of engine thrust with altitude as it descended and knowledge of lunar surface properties?
The shock absorbers were not completely compressed as this would only happen in a worst case where the LM was descending at 10ft per second, in reality none of the LM’s landed any faster than 4ft per second. Does knowing that fact help you?
Dylan · November 25, 2016 at 15:05
The whole thing sounds very fictional. Reading these makes me ever more doubtful about the whole thing. This is science fiction manipulation.
admin · November 25, 2016 at 15:56
Dear Dylan, thank you for your comment. But do you have any evidence to support your suspicions?
Atharva · June 5, 2017 at 03:12
Dear admin,how the flag placed by Armstrong on the moon flap,when there is no atmosphere on moon I’m not against the moon landing or anything but I just researched a bit on Google regarding proof that moon landing was fake. It states many other things like there can’t be shadow on the moon, there is a certain letter marked on all the photos which were taken during moonlanding and that particular alphabet (which I don’t remember) is used during shooting to mark an area where the actors must stand.
Please clear these queries as I’m very eager to know about these theories.
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