Apollo Moon Landings

Background Information

Who? NASA including astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins


What? Conspiracy about the U.S. government forging the lunar landings in order to beat Russia in the space race.

[In] Virgil I Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffe [were] three astronauts who died in a fire while testing equipment for the first moon mission. Supposedly, they were executed by the U.S. government, which feared they were about to disclose the truth.


When? July 16, 1969 (launch) July 24, 1969 (landing)


Where? “The massive Saturn V rocket lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Four days later, on July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon's surface while Collins orbited overhead in the Command Module.”


Why? “Armstrong and Aldrin gathered samples of lunar material and deployed scientific experiments that transmitted data about the lunar environment.” The goal of Apollo 11 was to be the first country to ever walk on the moon.


How? The Saturn V rocket lifted off from the ground exiting the earth’s atmosphere.

How the media portrayed the event

Biases through media

Many people during 1969 believed Apollo 11 was indeed real, not pretend. Citizens of America became patriotic as they became the first country to ever walk on the moon. National television broadcasts and newspapers were how people received the news about the moon landings. A sense of patriotism covered the possibility of the moon landings being staged until after the events occurred.


Recently, people have come to believe the astronauts of Apollo 11 had never stepped on the moon. A few people believe the broadcast on the moon was a set, like a movie. Questions also appear to whether the federal government purposely executed the Virgil 1 crew in order to keep the truth from being disclosed. With evidence in forms of moon rock and advanced technology from 46 years ago displaying the astronauts walk on the moon, these controversies have been put to rest.


I believe Apollo 11 is for certain real. With evidence brought back from the moon and the surreal technology used 46 years ago, there is a slim to no chance of a conspiracy enacted by the federal government.

Criticisms

The Apollo 11 moon landing can be seen through the perspective of Historical Criticism. At the time, walking on the moon was thought as a make-believe. The technology that was available was not as advanced as it is today. If I lived forty-six years ago, I would not have thought we had the capability to leave the Earth's atmosphere and land on the moon's surface.


In 1969, America and the Soviet Union were engaged in a time of conflict. A part of the conflict was the space race. The Space race was a dispute to see who could build satellites and have them orbit the Earth the quickest. When rockets became able to support people inside, both countries wanted to be the first to walk on the moon. Most American texts had a biased towards us winning the space race. As America became the first country to walk on the moon, citizens became highly patriotic of their country. Russia being communist, was awfully nationalistic in their writing because it was their law. All texts were controlled by the government with no opinions.

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