Celebrating Fifty Years of a Giant Hoax

Fifty years ago, our government and its state-run media tell us, Americans sent men to the moon. Neil Armstrong said “One small step,” and all that, and the photographs of the event were startlingly clear. Well, except for all the shadow anomalies, and lack of stars in the sky, that is.

As a twelve year old, and a huge astronomy junkie, I followed the Apollo program nearly as closely as I memorized Major League Baseball batting averages. I knew all the astronauts’ names, and even had a favorite; Jim Lovell, who would head the ill-fated Apollo 13, denying him the honor of walking on the moon.

At the time, I remember being a bit disappointed. I guess I expected the kind of world-wide attention that was depicted in a film I liked as a child; 1964’s The First Men in the Moon. The reaction on Earth just seemed kind of subdued to me in contrast, considering it was the most monumental achievement in human history.

I first started questioning the moon landings in the late 1980s, when I heard about a self-published book from 1974, We Never Went to the Moon, written by Bill Kaysing. I ordered it through the mail; obviously, it was not going to be in any bookstore or library, and that was the method I used to obtain much of my controversial reading material in those pre-internet days.

Kaysing made some great points. I was particularly intrigued by his tale of a disgruntled NASA employee who testified before Congress, and then was found dead, along with his family, in their car which had been conveniently left on some railroad tracks. That seemed pretty standard conspiratorial fare to me, and reminded me of so many similar unnatural deaths I’d read about during my research into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

In 2001, the documentary Did We Land on the Moon aired on the Fox Network. It was a remarkable program for a major television network. Included were interviews with the widow and son of Virgil “Gus” Grissom, dean of the Apollo program who was actually scheduled to be the first man to walk on the moon. Grissom became a vocal critic of the Apollo program before dying in a launch pad fire with two other astronauts.

I was amazed to hear Grissom’s loved ones basically accuse NASA of murdering him. It was even more astounding to hear such claims aired on network television. Grissom had even hung a lemon over the NASA emblem on the lunar training module, and notably was recorded as telling NASA officials, “You expect me to go to the moon and you can’t even maintain telephonic communications over three miles.” Privately, Grissom had been increasingly dubious of the Apollo program.

Still, I remained somewhat on the fence regarding the legitimacy of the moon landings. Perhaps it was my childish affinity for space travel that kept me half wanting to believe, despite all the good questions that had been raised. Then I read the late Dave McGowan’s “Wagging the Moondoggie” series. Wagging the Moondoggie  All doubts disappeared in my mind. We never went there. Period.

McGowan analyzed the absurdity of providing men on the most difficult and challenging flight in history with what amounted to a amateurish-looking, very unstable craft, lined with only a few inches of aluminum foil. Yes, you read that right; our astronauts were protected from the deadly risks of outer space by something we all use to wrap up hamburgers and hot dogs. The craft also seemed far too small for such a momentous trip.

Leaving aside the incredibly cramped quarters for the human occupants, where did all the batteries fit? Just imagine what kind of battery power was needed here; the craft had to be provided with oxygen, and once it landed on the surface of the moon, it had to furnish both heating and air-conditioning. We are told by science that the temperature varies wildly on the moon; when the astronauts stepped into the shade, they instantly encountered temperatures colder than any found on Earth, and when they stepped back into the sunlight, the temps would have been hotter than the middle of the Sahara Desert. That must have been quite a cooling-heating system in those spacesuits.

The size of the batteries required to provide all the power the astronauts needed must have been quite large. And heavy, of course. Not to mention the batteries needed for the magical temperature control they enjoyed. If you’ve seen the craft they are alleged to have flown in, you will find it hard to believe that huge batteries fit in their somehow. And on the last few trips, NASA added in the dune buggy vehicle we saw the astronauts cavorting around in on the moon’s surface.

How could they have fit this vehicle into that tiny craft? When NASA has even addressed questions like this, the answers don’t leave one feeling confident. In this case, they have claimed that the vehicle was folded up, ala Jetsons-style, and unfolded on the lunar surface. A reasonable person might ask; if we had this amazing technology in the early ’70s, what happened to it? To my knowledge, there has never been a folding car available to the public.

NASA has admitted, in recent years, that the original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing were erased inadvertently. You read that correctly; the documentation for the greatest achievement in the history of mankind was accidentally erased. Recently, it has been acknowledged that a sample of moon rocks collected during the Apollo 14 mission actually came from….Earth. That didn’t stop the true believers, however, who merely said it was “very unusual” that the chemical composition was common to Earth.

Speaking of those moon rocks, how did they account for the added payload on the trip home? Since they’d never been to the moon, they had no idea of just how heavy these rocks might be. NASA supposedly factored in every pound of weight, and designed everything to fit tightly, making every inch of space count. So how does a wild card like this fit in?

There are a multitude of other reasons to doubt this story. Richard Nixon supposedly telephoned the astronauts and spoke to them live on the lunar surface. What? Exactly what kind of magical phone line would have been used for that? We lose cell phone coverage today in certain spots on Earth. We’re talking 1969 here. If such fantastic technology existed then, it has been lost to history.

Speaking of fantastic technology, the power of computers in 1969 was akin to what you’d see today in a handheld calculator. And yet, NASA officials have admitted we aren’t technologically ready to go back to the moon today, with infinitely superior computer capability. An astronaut recently admitted, “We don’t have the technology to go to the moon anymore,” because NASA allegedly “destroyed” the technology. What? Does that make any sense whatsoever? Is it the least bit believable?

And how about that shot from the lunar surface of Apollo 17 taking off? What amazing technology- even getting the camera to pan upwards along with the craft. So what happened to this wonderful video camera? Was it a one-shot deal? Why didn’t they continue to  use it? As many have noted, at this juncture, we ought to have a live view of the moon available to Earthlings 24/7.

Then there are the views of Earth from the lunar surface. Well, there aren’t very many of them.  And the Earth seems smaller than it should be; considering it is much larger than the moon, why does it appear to be about the same size the moon does here on Earth? As a child enamored of astronomy, and later as a critical thinking adult, I expected more. I expected breath-taking views of planets and constellations in those Apollo pictures, with no atmosphere to filter them out. We should have witnessed a sight never seen in any planetarium or on the clearest night on Earth. Instead, we saw zero stars or any other astral bodies, just a few glimpses of Earth.

As Dave McGowan asked, at what point do Americans, and Earthlings in general, start to question this? Here we are on the 50th anniversary. If we haven’t returned by the 100th anniversary, will the majority of people start to wonder why? Progress and technology don’t work this way. Imagine if the Wright Brothers flew a plane a half dozen times, then no one else did for fifty years. Considering the trajectory we were on in the 1960s, we should have traveled to Mars, Venus and beyond by now. We should have bases on the moon, complete with lunar McDonalds and other vestiges of predictable corporate exploitation.

Is it unpatriotic to question this? Am I a “kook” for doubting this amazing alleged accomplishment? Is it unfair to ask how Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins appeared over a week later on their return to Earth clean shaven? How did they factor in shaving in that situation? And in their initial press conference, they certainly appeared nervous and very un-heroic like, considering they were being lauded as the greatest explorers the world had ever seen.

Neil Armstrong, especially, maintained a very private existence after the moon landing. He granted few interviews, and seemed noticeably uncomfortable when asked about his fantastic experience. That just doesn’t ring true to me. As they age, people normally grow even prouder and if anything attempt to justify the things they’ve done in their lives. If what we’re told is true, Armstrong had no reason to justify anything, and should have been as proud as anyone could ever be.

Knowing what we know of our government’s tendency to lie and cover up, is it really a reach to think that NASA would lie about something this momentous? Regardless, no “investigative” reporter is going to look into the matter, because our state-run journalists don’t investigate anything. They will instead join in the chorus of derision directed at naysayers like me. They are only skeptical of skeptics.

This is not only the greatest hoax, but the most essential cover up in America’s history. After all, would we really expect our reflexively corrupt leaders to admit they engineered such a gigantic fake, and have continued to lie about it for half a century? Look at the evidence, and judge for yourself.




About donaldjeffries

Author of the critically acclaimed best sellers "Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover Ups in American Politics,""Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All," and the newly released "Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963." Author of the 2007 sci-fi/fantasy novel "The Unreals," which has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone, and compared to A Confederacy of Dunces and classic Russian literature. A second edition of "The Unreals" was published in February 2015 by Pocol Press. Long time JFK assassination researcher. Seeker of truth, proponent of justice and fairness. Enemy of corruption. Sender of as many "tiny ripples of hope" as possible.

Posted on July 18, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Man, are you a nut!

    I KNOW we went there because I saw them. Yes, I was 12 years old at the time and I had an incredibly strong telescope on my roof. I could see the spacecraft and the astronauts on the moon!


  2. Your sentiments are echoed by millions Donald. I was 16 at the time of the “moon landing”. I have to include the quotes now for obvious reasons. What is even more disturbing to me is that for most of my life I have lived very close to NASA. I went there for many teacher education seminars, field trips, and family trips never once questioning the legitimacy of the main event. I can’t even at this juncture remember the exact time and place that I began to doubt what we had been told. NASA also happens to be connected to what was once a large Air Force base known as Ellington Field. As a young girl we would come over and see air shows such as the Blue Angels. I knew we have very sophisiticated aircraft produced in this country that took years of training for pilots to perfect. I think I began to make comparisons in my mind that what I was seeing in the way of aircraft that went to the moon seemed to lack the sophistication of the rest of our military aircraft and even civilian aircraft. I began to get the feeling that one got when watching The Wizard of Oz, that there was a man behind the curtain somewhere pulling the switches but creating nothing more than an illusion. As the years went by and we began to distrust our government’s policies and explanations of many issues, I think it just slowly began to sink in that we were dealing with yet another ‘movie” set. It is a very disheartening feeling, made even more complicated by the fact that you have to assess the political climate of a room before you go pronouncing loudly that we’ve been had. And you begin to realize the lengths that both the government and the media have gone to in order to protect the lie. Presidents continue to land Air Force One at Ellington Field when they visit Houston. I have often wondered what other secrets are being protected there. I fear that some are darker than we can imagine. And now——on to Mars. I also wonder as a teacher what will become of the way the education system teaches about the space program and what will happen when students begin to openly question its authenticity. Generational lies handed down as fact are not something we should be proud of as Americans. It makes a mockery of all things American that instill that pride in us from an early age. I don’t have the answers or the remedy , that is for the ones who created this mess to decide. I only know I cannot support a government or an education system that continues to lie to its people. There is no future in that. Truth must be sought out and fought for. I think of the Army motto Duty Honor Country. Many have fought and died for it. We owe them at least the effort at seeking it out, exposing the lies, and righting our course as a nation.

  3. The greatest line which hit me like a ton of bricks from Dave’s series was, “But it is not the lie itself that scares people; it is what that lie says about the world around us and how it really functions.” He goes on in detail, but that couple of paragraphs absolutely broke thru my arrogance and allowed me the humility to start really asking questions. What an amazing trick it is. Prey on peoples base assumption that they think they’re right and get enough “Experts” to seed the lie and bingo. Mass hallucinations. Reminds me of that saying, People would rather believe the lie, than believe they were lied to.

    Here’s where I think it gets really crazy. The moon hoax was like a trial balloon. If they’ll believe this then there’s literally no lie too big or small we can’t shove down their throat. Now America 2.0 has all the earmarks of this same psychosis that was so easily pulled off in 1969.. We believe we’re a racist country, that there are an infinite amount of genders, that the US military is a force for good and only kills brown people to promote peace. the economy is the only mark of success even when we are absolutely making less and have less. We believe that there is value in the education system and that going into massive debt justifies it. We now believe that God is irrelevant and that situational ethics is a valid morality. Everyday, we are told another lie and for the majority of people, they buy it and act accordingly. And on the rare attempt that someone puts their heart and soul into spreading truth they’re ignored and lately, just censored. Try finding websites or blogs or videos that were controversial. Poof!!! they’re disappearing faster than they’re being uploaded.

    As Dave put it, the moon landing hoax was truly a benign lie compared to the lies that got us involved in ALL major conflicts to this day. However, I think it collectively traumatized us. Everyone’s heard about the moon hoax conspiracy and somewhere they must have at least “tried” to imagine that point of view but to accept what that would say about the world around us and how it really functions would destroy them. Even that little bit of pain at the thought of exploring those ideas is just too much. At least until we can institute the SOMA plan.

    • Ralph B. Seymour

      Absolutely correct. The utterly stupid moon landing hoax was a trial balloon. And when everybody swallowed it hook line and sinker, the people behind it knew they could get away with anything.

  4. I’ve felt for some time the civilian space program was a cover for the actual military space program. Something like Richard Dolan’s theory about a break-away civilization.
    There is something going on re; current “disclosure” trends and talk of “The Space Force”.
    Perhaps the real toys are about to come out soon..

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