Moon landing hoaxers
Well, this one has always bugged me. Yes, we did go to the moon.
In fact, I just had to field that one on Aardvark and I thought that I would post my reply here:
The short answer is that no, in twas not a hoax. Actually, there are a good number of web sites that show why the idea of a hoax is just flat out wrong. One of the better reasons for holding that it was real would be to look at the history of the US space program.
Each launch prior to going to the moon was a learning experience for NASA. For example, there were 20 project Mercury flights (only 6 were manned launches) each one intended to learn a little bit more than we previously known. Of the 6 manned launches, the first two did not even go into orbit and only the last was in space for slightly more than a full 24 hour day.
For project Gemini, we have 2 unmanned flights and 10 manned ones. During that time, NASA studied things like how to do space walks, how to rendezvous and dock with other space craft and if it was possible to keep astronauts in space for several days (Gemini 7 made it almost two week in space).
For project Apollo, we studied more complicated aspect of space flight up to and eventually how to land on the moon and return safely.
Now if you are thinking in terms of a possible hoax, one question to ponder is at what point NASA would have began the hoax. As far as I know, none of the hoax advocates has ever suggested when the last manned flight was, they are content to just say that they stopped at some point. Well pardon me but if they know so much about the space program, then why don't they know when it ended?
Add to that that NASA is a big place with many thousands of people scattered all over the country. With that many people involved, don't you think that someone on the inside would have spilled the truth by now?