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Posted by Russell A. Hopkins on March 20, 2002 00:36:18 UTC

There is no way that the landings were hoaxed. The so-called evidence supporting that view is so subjective or just plain wrong that it falls apart under even modest examination.

Here is the evidence that we did land.

It would have been easier to actually land than to perpetrate a hoax. Project Apollo involved hundreds of thousands of people all over America and, in fact, all over the world. People worked for Grumman, N.Am. Aviation, Lockheed, Boeing etc. And those are just the big guys. My Grandfather built space suits for Gemini, the precurser to Apollo. He met many of the astronauts. I have met Jim Lovell and Alan Bean. They are pretty sure they went to the moon. [Yes, I know Lovell did not land.] I met the chief designer for the Grumman Lunar Module. He said it was real. The Russians agree we went there. The US and USSR tracked each other's progress on radar. If we did not go, where did that $30 billion go?

The rocks returned by the astronauts have been examined by scientists from all over the world. The consensus is that they could not have been made on earth. Their composition has caused previous theories about earth and moon formation to be discarded and new ones developed. What about all that photography? Have you seen Sci-Fi films from the sixties? Appearance wise, they sucked. When examined by experts, they conclude that lunar surface photography could only have been shot in an airless, low gravity environment with a close horizon. Contrary to consiracy theories, the photos support NASA's claims.

If it was fiction, why were there so many failures? Nearly every Apollo mission had some catastrophy.
1. Crew killed on pad. Apollo nearly cancelled by Congress.
2-6. Partially successful tests.
7. Crew gets flu in space. Unlike Russian ships, an Apollo Command Module can only be flown with a guy at the helm. If the crew became incapacitated, they were dead.
8. No problems in execution. Nevertheless, 8 is generally believed to be the most risky thing NASA ever did. The previous altitude record, set by Gemini 10, was 800 miles. A.8 went 240,000 miles on an untested rocket, no backup in the event of failure, and certain death if there was only a tiny navigational error.
9. LMP became violently ill. Did spacewalk anyway risking suffocation in the event of a relapse.
10. Navigation error caused LeM to spin out of control. Stafford and Cernan wrestled control back from the disabled computer 1.5 seconds away from a fatal crash-dive.
11. Computer errors nearly caused LeM to run out of fuel and crash.
12. Rocket hit by lightening seconds after launch.
13. We all know the story here.
14. Computer and radar failures nearly caused crash.
15. No problems except rover has stuck steering.
16. Propulsion glitch on Command Module created danger of crew being stranded at the moon.
17. No real problems. Nevertheless, with five days in orbit around moon and three days on the surface (with 21 hours of EVA), Apollo was pushed well beyond its design limits.

If it was fiction, why were the accomodations to primative? Squished up food, no stove, low residue diet and a plastic bag for a toilet. No showers (some of these flights lasted two weeks) and on the LeM no hot water.

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