I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing, that day! 17 years old, in my first job as a draughtswoman, working on drawings, for a machine, that would be one of the biggest benefits to mankind, since sliced bread, ie: automated teller machines. I stepped out for lunch and the TV shop across the road, had the moon landing on 3 of their biggest screens.(probably 24”!!!) I watched enthralled, as silently Neil Armstrong took that one small step! Silently because, I couldn’t hear what he was saying through the plate glass window!
And one of the biggest controversies was born (second only to who shot Kennedy and was Elvis actually seen in a supermarket in Coventry) – did they or didn’t they?
From fluttering flags, on an airless surface, to camera cross hairs, behind the subject being photographed, conspiracy theories abound. That is that Nasa intentionally deceived the public into believing the landings occurred by manufacturing, or tampering with evidence, including photos, transmissions, and rock samples; and that the deception continues to this day. Theorists point to pictures and film saying things like the dust is wrong, the motion of the walking men at half Earth Gravity, is wrong, take off was wrong.
The facts are – that there was plenty of independent evidence, that the landing DID take place.
Goonhilly’s (Cornwall) and Parkes’ (Australia) role in relaying video, and radio signal whilst America wasn’t able to pick up either, would have been difficult to impossible to fake. Too many people involved!
For me, it was a fantastic era to be growing up in, those too young to remember, our ventures into Space, missed the most thrilling of times, and I never doubted for a minute that is was true! We (our generation) are pioneers and adventurers and risk takers, and I’m glad I was there to witness it!
Below are photo’s taken last year, by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing the lunar module …… pretty much, puts paid to the doubters!