The time was July 20th 1969 and the Cold War had the United States and the Soviet Union spending huge amounts of money in what we now call “the space race”. In those times, paranoia ran deep and government officials were convinced that whomever gains control of the moon will have a major strategical advantage in the event of a full blown nuclear war. The premise itself sounds ridiculous for us today, but in those days these 2 superpowers were generally afraid of one another’s intentions.
Ever since the soviets announced that Yuri Gagarin made a complete orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961 and has safely came back, the Americans knew the had to do something to one-up this accomplishment. So they basically sent a couple of men to the Moon in a vessel equipped with rudimentary technology by today’s standards.
Conspiracy theorists, however, have a hard time accepting the fact that such a ‘primitive’ vessel was able of such an accomplishment and they claim some of the ‘proof’ presented by NASA at the time of the fact seems a bit fishy.
9Numerous Light Sources
The Moon has one source of light and one alone – the Sun. But after going through the photos, one can clearly see the presence of more than one shadow which is enough to raise suspicion. These shadows, should normally run parallel to one another whereas the pictures taken by the two astronauts clearly show that the shadows point in multiple directions. This is one of the reasons why conspiracy theorists claim these photos were taken on a film set rather than the actual Moon.
NASA’s explanation is that the Moon’s landscape is to blame for these shadows while some people claim the Moon’s hills and dunes should not have such a huge impact on the Moon’s lighting.