July 20, 2009

One Small Step, One Giant Leap...of Faith?

If you believed they put a man on the moon, Man on the moon,
If you believed there's nothing up their sleeve, Then nothing is cool

40 years ago today the accompanying photo and others were released depicting humankind's first steps on the Moon, our first foray onto another celestial object. Ever since 1969 there have been very entertaining claims that the entire thing was a hoax.

The 1997 film "Wag the Dog" showed how politically helpul a manufactured war could be for the ruling elite (later demonstrated quite effectively in Iraq), so one could easily see how the government of the day would want to square away the dream first pitched by Kennedy to get a man on the Moon. Ironically, arguments about whether the Moon landing happened or not are almost irrelevant since so many millions believe it happened.

To provide a balanced look at the evidence, you can have a great read about how the landing was a hoax here, and then take a look at the careful responses to the hoax claims here.

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