The Moon-Landing Hoax: Did Man Really Walk on the Moon?
The Hoax Theories Keep Coming
Shadows of a Doubt
Hoax believers say shadows cast by the astronauts, the lunar module and moon rocks go in different directions, which would be impossible with the sun as the sole light source. They believe the lack of perfectly parallel shadows reveals the use of multiple light sources, like those employed on a film set. However, NASAs website and other hoax debunkers counter that the uneven lunar surface caused the divergent shadows, a phenomenon that can be viewed on sunny days even here on Earth.
Photos where the astronauts are clearly in the shadow of the lunar lander, yet are lit enough to show details on their space suits, are held out as more evidence of multiple light sources.
But debunkers counter that sunlight bouncing up off the brilliant lunar surface would illuminate any astronaut or object that was in its shadow.
Moon-Landing Skeptics Kicking Up Dust
Doubters point to multiple clues in the fine, light quality of the moons soil. They offer pictures where the lunar modules disk-like feet are completely free of dust following the landing. Others question why footprints are visible in the dust mere yards from the spacecraft. Wouldnt exhaust from the landing have cleared a larger swath of the lunar surface?
Moonwalk adherents state that these theories rest on a misconception that dust on the moon would act like dust on Earth. Without air, they say, any particles moved around by the landing would drop like rocks the moment they were no longer being pushed by the exhaust. Dust doesnt kick up, swirl and drift in a vacuum, so it makes sense that the landers feet were clean and dust stayed pretty close to the module.
Apollo Missions and the Van Allen Belts
Kaysing and other hoax adherents claim a moon mission was impossible because the astronauts would have become gravely ill or died when passing through two powerful bands of radiation that encircle the Earth. The donut-shaped Van Allen Belts are filled with high-energy particles from the solar wind and the Earths ionosphere that are trapped by the planets magnetic field.
But debunkers say conspiracy buffs dont have their science right. While extremely radioactive, the belts were of little danger to the astronauts, who passed through them quickly and within the relatively safe confines of their shielded command capsule. Monitoring devices found the astronauts exposure was minimal for the round trip.