It has been little more than a week and already the conspiracy theorists are attacking the Chinese with accusations of faking their moon landing.
As typical, these stories start with an outright lie.
Unfortunately like other publicized space exploration spectacles this event is highly questionable and appears to be another hoax. Many researchers have proven conclusively that the American missions to the moon during the Apollo era of the late 1960s and early 1970s were faked in a television studio on Earth.
Typical to confuse the idea of evidence with proof, and as yet I have yet to hear a single piece of evidence that any moon landings were faked that is not easily shown to stem from either ignorance of the facts, manipulation of the facts, or outright lies.
This claim is made,
Once we were told that it had landed on the moon, the camera attached to the spacecraft showed nothing that anyone would find remotely useful. It is also hard to understand how no dust from the surface was picked up by the on board camera when the spacecraft landed.
Surely the spacecraft’s engine when approaching the surface or the impact with the surface itself would have kicked up some dust from the surface.
And can be shown to be untrue in the video posted with the article.
Then, as if it were relevant to an unmanned mission to the moon, conspiracists call into question China’s first space walk and claim a bubble floating past the astronaut as evidence the scene was recorded in a water tank.
What I see is far more likely a small piece of ice breaking off the craft. As each of the small objects is visibly oblong, rather than spherical as bubbles are in water.
Next up is the supposed row of stadium lights.
Followed by the complaint that in the sleeve mounted mirror rows of lights can be seen, contradicting themselves when they point out that the light source in the video is not the Earth. What is likely being seen here are lights mounted to the camera for the purpose of getting a clear shot. Lights like these:
Next they rehash old flag arguments borrowed from the moon walks, so here is how a flag actually moves under water.
not at all like this flag which at certain times actually moves backward as if there is no resistance on it whatsoever.
The lame attempts at proving conspiracy then move on to ask why the astronauts never let go of the vehicle during the walk. Well, I can think of two reasons. First: the are scared s***less. I would be. Second: yes they have a safety line, but having worked on highrise building exteriors I had a safety line. That does not mean I made an effort to test it. And for the education of the conspiracy minded, the reason they test spacesuits, and rehearse space walks in water tanks is because they can create a state of neutral buoyancy for the suited astronauts. They will not float up, up and away in the water tank.
They then ask, “Why is the Earth always in the same position?”
Because orbits do not zig-zag around. The earth can clearly be seen to be moving and the camera is aligned along the axis of travel so the Earth is stable in the image.
This attempt to show fakery is pretty lackluster in every regard, and while trying to rely upon the ignorance of the veiwer to make their case believable, does little more than reveal only the ignorance of the conspiracist in how they make their case.
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