Claim: A video clip shows a NASA studio-produced 'outtake' of the first moon landing.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2003]
maybe we didnt land on the moon...
Origins: The fanciful notion that the six Apollo lunar missions launched by the USA between 1969 and 1972 which landed a total of twelve men who walked on the moon were elaborate hoaxes staged in top secret desert locations and movie studios here on Earth has been a familiar aspect of popular culture and conspiracy theory since the first moon landing in 1969. Perhaps because Americans' confidence in their
A less elaborate video twist on the moon landing hoax was featured at moontruth.com, where web surfers could view a
Many people inquired of us whether the (fictional) backstory given on moontruth.com about the video clip was real. (Presumably they didn't all believe the moon landings were faked and instead were questioning whether some "rehearsals" might have been filmed by NASA for whatever reasons, as implied in the site's disclaimer "There is no proof that because this was shot in a studio, the moon landing was necessarily faked.") For them we note that at least two humorous aspects of the clip (inserted intentionally or otherwise) give it away as a post-Apollo fabrication:
- The "astronaut" in the clip flubs the "One small
step ..."line (by omitting the word "a" between the words "for" and "man") just as Neil Armstrong did during the real Apollo 11moon landing in July 1969.
- In the closing moments of the clip, the "astronaut" can be heard apologizing to
"Mr. Gorsky,"a reference to a Neil Armstrong-related joke-cum-urban legend from the mid-1990s.