Oh, the moon landing. One of our favorite conspiracy theory gems. Despite the overwhelming evidence collected and verified over the course of the last 50 years, some folks still seem dead convinced the whole thing was faked in a studio somewhere with Stanley Kubrick calling the shots. As cool as that would be, it simply isn’t so. We absolutely, 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt went to the moon in 1969. We aren’t going to delve into all of the conspiracies regarding the moon landing…but these few have been strategically chosen due to how freaking OBVIOUS THEY MAKE IT THAT WE WENT TO THE MOON. Okay…I’m better now. Moving on.

1. Moon rocks…842 lbs to be exact.

During the Apollo missions, astronauts collected 841.6 pounds of moon rocks, 44 of which came from Apollo 11. These rocks have made the circuit from university to university, country to country – including Russia – and no one ever disputed the origin of any moon rock. They have traveled the globe and been picked over and analyzed by the greatest scientific and geological minds in the world.

Moon rock collected from the Apollo 11 Mission  
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If there is an actual conspiracy, then every scientist from every university in every country in the world is in on this big hoax with the United States. But over the course of 50 years, not one of these folks has expressed concern.

Oh…and the moon rocks brought back from the Apollo missions were compared to the moon rocks brought back from the Soviet Luna missions, both of which were compared to moon/space rocks that came through atmosphere naturally… and it was established that they were nearly identical in composition. I guess maybe that’s because we got them when we went to the moon…period.

2. The Soviet Union, knew about it and monitored the Apollo 11 in real time…oh…and had their own probe orbiting the moon at the same time.

In the 1960s, the Soviet Union was deadlocked in an intense race to the moon with the United States. Having already successfully launched the first satellite into orbit, the Soviets held a slight edge in the Space Race department. That was until Apollo 11. As a matter of fact, at the exact time Apollo 11 was making its lunar landing, the Soviets had an unmanned craft by the name of Luna 15 hovering over the moon. It crash landed into the moon just a couple of hours before the Americans lifted off from their site on the moon.

Luna 15
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They wanted to land Luna 15, collect samples of the surface, and then return the samples to Earth. If they had been successful, it would’ve scored a huge PR victory for the Soviet space program. The Soviets were monitoring the progress of Apollo 11 VERY closely and in real time. As the competition between these two superpowers for moon bragging rights was pretty intense, they would have had EVERY reason to cast doubt on the United States’ successful moon landing – if there were any doubt to cast. Except…well…it happened. If the Soviets couldn’t uncover any deep conspiracies surrounding the event and never doubted the validity of the landing in the slightest bit…why should any one else?

Luna 15 Orbiting the Moon, flying over Apollo 11
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We’ll also add in the testimony of Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who was leader of the USSR during the time of Apollo 11. The Soviets published the accomplishment in their state paper, Pravda, but also tried to downplay it in the media as a whole, as a loss to the Americans on this scale was upsetting. He also mentioned how upset his father was with the head of their space program.

Photo of Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev
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So…the Soviets believed it happened. They could have (and probably have) inspected the landing site with high-powered telescopes, as well as inspect the landing site with any of the rovers they landed on the moon during their Luna program.

The Soviets had a legitimate space program, top-tier scientists, and were the chief competition of the US in the space race. If the US missions to the moon had been faked, or even if there were a good reason to believe that they had been faked, the Russians had the resources, the expertise, and every possible motive for exposing the fraud. They’d have laughed their asses off at us in the global press, and we’d have looked like bunch of idiots. So…tell me again why they didn’t expose this massive conspiracy?

3. Multiple third-party observatories tracked the missions in real time

In addition to our old pals the Soviets, there were multiple observatories and amateurs tracking the Apollo 11 and Luna 15 missions. So…let’s list them.

First we have the Madrid Apollo Station in Fresnedillas, Spain (near Madrid). Though this station was set up with the assistance of NASA, all of the employees were from Spain’s National Institute of Aerospace Technology. This station tracked both Apollo 8 and Apollo 11. During Apollo 11, all communications with the astronauts were received through this station. AND…the most important part, Fresnedillas was the only station in the entire Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN) that had visibility of the takeoff from the Moon.

The Fresnedillas Observatory March 1969
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Next is the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield, England. This observatory used multiple telescopes to monitor signals from the Apollo 11 Eagle lander and the Russian Luna 15 simultaneously. Jodrell Bank observatory played a crucial role in this historic moment. The recorded all of the events of the lunar exploration AND, most importantly, they independently verified the US manned lunar landing.

Picture of Jodrell Bank Observatory from 2017
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Next up…the Bochum Observatory in Bochum, Germany. Their work goes as far back as Sputnik 1, which they detected and tracked in real time. During Apollo 11, Bochum listened in on both Apollo 11 and Luna 15, and they later shared the recorded transmissions they received from the Eagle Lunar Module at the time of touchdown.

Bochum Observatory
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The last observatory I’ll name (though there are many more) is the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. The Parkes Observatory used a radio telescope to receive the TV pictures being transmitted from the Apollo Eagle Lunar Module. They began receiving the images as soon as the modules camera was switched on, and eventually NASA determined that the images Parkes was receiving were of a superior quality than their own. Three stations received the signals simultaneously: Parkes, NASA’s Honesuckle Creek (also in Australia), and NASA’s Goldstone. It was Parkes’ footage that was broadcast for the world to see…not NASA’s.

The 64m radio telescope at Parkes Observatory used to receive signals from Apollo 11.
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The last third-party verification I’m going to include was not from an observatory, but from a radio technician from Louisville, Kentucky, Larry Baysinger. He worked for WHAS 840 AM radio. Using home-made equipment, Baysinger eavesdropped on the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, recording the whole time. His accomplishment was written up in the Lousiville Courier-Journal. Baysinger’s recordings only include the transmissions from the moon, as they did not attempt to intercept the signal coming from Houston.

Larry Baysinger
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So…yeah, you’ve got it right. These observatories, which all worked independently from one another and NASA and were able to simultaneously verify the lunar landing of Apollo 11 – plus all their employees – are in on the hoax.

4. Apollo 11 astronauts left reflectors on the moon and we shot lasers at them for 40 years

You may not know it, but astronauts from Apollo 11 and Apollo 14 left behind some mirror-esque prisms on the moon, known as a ‘Lunar Laser Ranging Retroreflector Array‘. From 1969 until 2009, scientists at the McDonald Laser ranging station in Texas would fire lasers at them to determine the distance between Earth and the moon. For what it’s worth, they discovered that the moon is pulling away from Earth at a rate of about 3.8 cm per year.

Pictured Left: The Lunar Laser at McDonald Observatory
Pictured Right: The Retroreflector left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts
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5. There were 400,000 people involved. That’s one heck of a cover up.

The Apollo project involved roughly 400,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians over the course of a decade. They came from all over the United States and from countries all over the world. How, exactly, would NASA orchestrate a worldwide cover up of this magnitude, for 50 years, with not ONE SINGLE PERSON ever speaking up? Especially when the whistleblower(s) would have everything to gain. I mean, a secret can’t be kept for 5 minutes in the current White House…how would the government keep this one quiet with so many people involved? Easy answer…they didn’t.

Picture of Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union and President of the US John F. Kennedy, president during the creation of the Apollo Space Program.
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