How is it that some people believe the historic manned missions to the moon between 1969 and 1972 to have been faked?
The video above is a 2001 Fox television programme titled "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?". It and its aftermath (a flood of moon landing hoax claims on the Internet, NASA's reaction) are discussed by Andrew Gumbel in a 2002 piece for the British newspaper The Independent.
James Oberg was at one point commissioned by NASA to write a book-length response to accusations that the moon landings were faked - the book would also address "why such stories seemed so attractive to so many people". His contract was later cancelled when NASA thought it better not to dignify the accusations.
An update on the state of disbelief in the moon landings, with some additional points and perspectives, is provided in this 2009 New York Times article by John Schwartz. The comments are also worth a quick look.
Two question will be central in our discussion of these materials:
- What's the relationship between evidence and suspicion?
- How do suspicions about fakery impact human lives and relations - especially in how they shape dialogue and debate?