Moon landing conspiracy theorists speaking on the subject of NASA’s 1969 moon landing haven’t exactly quieted themselves over the years. Even though subsequent landings made by the Soviet Union in the late 60s through the early 70s and China in 2013 have failed to disprove that the Apollo landings actually took place, conspiracy theorists continue to support the matter. Well, famed physicist Brian Cox isn’t having it.
On Monday, Brian Cox tweeted the following:
I've said it before and I'll say it again – if you don't think Apollo 11 landed on Moon you are a colossal nob end & should get a new brain
— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) July 20, 2015
Apparently we can’t even assume our children are learning what they’re supposed to, either. Someone replied to Cox about his daughter’s physics teacher, a true believer:
.@ProfBrianCox Can you believe my daughter's PHYSICS TEACHER told a classroom he did not believe the moon landings!
— Martin Porter QC (@MartinPorter6) July 21, 2015
Others took a more comedic approach to the situation:
@ProfBrianCox I deny the moon exists.
— Arsington (@gymbobz) July 20, 2015
— Elaine (@Maid_of_Astolat) July 20, 2015
This exchange was a personal favorite:
— Natural Curve (@thenaturalcurve) July 21, 2015
Of course, Buzz Aldrin gave his two cents on the expertise of Cox:
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 21, 2015
If you’re not too familiar with the moon landing conspiracy…
Here are only a few key elements:
- The flag was waving, but the moon has no atmosphere (and therefore no wind).
- Lighting patterns and shadows appear to suggest there are multiple sources of light. According to conspiracy theorists, the only source of light was the sun.
- Conspiracy theorists believe that the Van Allen radiation belt would have nuked the astronauts on their way to the moon. They survived.
- If you speed up moon landing video to 2.5x, you can see the astronauts walking in similar gravity to that on Earth–albeit with some very impressive Super Mario jumping skills. Conspiracy theorists suggested that hidden cables must have been used.
Children in elementary school could probably refute most of the common pieces of “evidence,” but we’ll leave you to scour the deep web for more information if you’re bored.
It wouldn’t be so bad if the moon landing conspiracy theorists would stick to themselves, but you may remember how one stalked and harassed Buzz Aldrin in 2002:
It’s a beautiful video of someone getting exactly what he deserves, so don’t be afraid to watch this at least two or three times. Have you ever noticed how conspiracy theorists seem to believe in all conspiracy theories? That’s how you know they’re just bat-shit crazy instead of more enlightened than the rest of us.
What do you think of the attention garnered by the moon landing conspiracy? Should we always question history, or is there such a thing as going too far?
If you’re in the mood to hear more from Brian Cox, he does one or two very awesome TED Talks.
(Featured image: BBC Picture shows: Brian Cox TX: BBC Two, March 2011 PROGRAMME: Wonders of the Universe)