Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Capricorn One Was Fiction

When I was in college the movie Capricorn One was released that was a fictionalized account of a faked landing on Mars.

We are approaching the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and some people think we still haven't gone to the moon yet, even during the Apollo mission.

I have seen every charge (that I am aware of) leveled by those who believe the moonlandings were staged convincingly answered from various sources, but I have my own objection to the conspiracy theory.

Twelve men have walked on the moon. Others were involved in such a way that they would have known about a hoax. There would have been dozens if not hundreds of people who would have known that it was fake. All it would take is for one of them to talk. If it were a hoax it would be worth millions to the whistle blower. None of them have, and unlike Capricorn One, no one has tried to kill an astronaut to keep them from talking. A couple of the astronauts have died and no deathbed confessions of a hoax. By now someone on the inside would have talked.

Furthermore would we have fooled Russian scientists who were watching the Apollo landings very closely?

I do sort of wonder though, had the Soviets won the race to the moon would these questions be asked? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Perhaps by different people. (Link shows intentions and prototypes of the Soviet LK Lander.)

We are approaching the 40th anniversary of one the greatest human triumphs in history.


Blogger dmarks said...

I've read some of the whacky conspiracy theories. One of them holds that the Apollo moonlanding was made by Stanley Kubrick.

5:41 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

I think if the Soviets had won the race to the moon we'd be looking up at a missile base every night, and not only would the Berlin Wall still be standing, it would reach even farther.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I remember that film; James Brolin, I think. And what is said about Hells Angels is also true of LAPD and essentially every other bureaucracy: two Hells Angels can keep a secret if one is dead.


8:05 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I well recall when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

A bit of political trivia....On the same day that the newspapers carried that story front and center, another headline read "Chappaquiddick."

I don't know why I can remember such trivia, yet forget the amount of my last bank deposit.

8:53 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

agree - but i still enjoy reading the conspiracy theorists! their ability to take factual events and totally distort them into non-events just blows me away.......

9:33 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Dirt: There'd have been no need for a Berlin Wall if the USSR's goal of a complete global empire had been reached.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Conspiracy people don't like logic getting in their way you know.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

The only way one can doubt the veracity of our trip to the moon is if one also doubts that any of the past ever happened, but thinks it is just a figment of our imaginations.

On the other hand........

6:30 PM  

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