QI: Were the Moon Landings a Hoax?

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Rebecca Watson

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  1. It’s outrageous what people can get away with thinking and disseminating as “truth.”

    I’m all for freedom of thought and freedom of expression. I’m also all for throat-punching idiots who intentionally (or ignorantly) spread bad information.

    Why aren’t these same idiots making a ruckus about landers on Mars? About satellites in the interstellar medium? My theory is that their brains can only handle so much bullshit before it shuts itself down out of self mercy. (Incidentally, Glenn Beck doesn’t have this mechanism installed and can spew bullshit at will.)

  2. Two points.

    1) I can’t believe I never thought of the Russian argument. Of course if anyone had reason to cast doubt on their moon landing it would be the Russians.

    2.) I forgot about that Dara O’Brian bit. I wonder if he has any DVDs I can buy and watch here.

  3. The book Packing for Mars has a terrific section on the engineering that went into getting the flag to the moon and making sure it would “wave” in the photograph. (Not only did they have to make sure it would take a good photo, but it had to be foldable enough to fit easily in the module AND unfoldable enough that the astronauts could assemble it wearing spacesuits. As usual, the real story is much cooler than the conspiracy version.)

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