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Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the first Apollo flight to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969- departing from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Collins stayed in orbit around the Moon in the command module, Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the lunar module, landing in the Sea of Tranquility at 4:17 P.M.

In 1969 it was all over the TV, newspapers and radio.  On the 40th Anniversary, there is real time coverage at the interactive site http://wechoosethemoon.org/ and newly released footage athttp://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

In forty years, a lot has been learned about the moon and space in general but certainly not enough.  The conspiracies and skeptics that surround man’s travel to the moon range from a far fetched hoax to plausible.  Was the landing on the moon nothing but a pile of lies adding up to the most massive secret in history?  Not returning to the moon in 40 years certainly offers encouragement that just maybe NASA has not revealed all that is known. 

Remember the 1978 movie “Capricorn One?” It’s a story of a faked NASA mission to Mars.  In 2001, Fox TV aired a special called “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? NASA at the time felt it necessary to respond on the internet http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast23Feb_2.htm saying “The best rebuttal to allegations of a “Moon Hoax,” however, is common sense. Evidence that the Apollo program really happened is compelling.” 

The books and movie  “Contact” by author Carl Sagan, employed Occam’s Razor “Of several acceptable explanations for a phenomenon, the simplest is preferable, provided that it takes all circumstances into account.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam’s_razor The number of books claiming alien abduction and visitation are too numerous to label all of them as conspiracy nutballs.

Bart Sibrel made  http://www.moonmovie.com/  tying together a pile of  mystery and turning “the ‘All American’ boy image of Neil Armstrong, and into the harsh reality that the Apollo missions were designed as a cover for something far removed from a peaceful race to the moon.”We invite you to take a look at the evidence yourself and see that while the Apollo Program accomplished many things, it did not send men to the moon and back on Apollo. “

To what did their wandering eyes yet see?  People have reviewed the data and details of all the Apollo missions- six in all, looking for anomalies. This excerpt of a conversation- comes from  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/luna/esp_luna_4a.htm#Introduction

Here is reproduced completely the dialog between the American astronauts and Control Center:

Armstrong & Aldrin: Those are giant things. No, no, no – this is not an optical illusion. No one is going to believe this!

Houston (Christopher Craft): What … what … what? What the hell is happening? What’s wrong with you?

Armstrong & Aldrin: They’re here under the surface.

Houston: What’s there? (muffled noise) Emission interrupted; interference control calling ‘Apollo 11’.

Armstrong & Aldrin: We saw some visitors. They were here for a while, observing the instruments.

Houston: Repeat your last information!

Armstrong & Aldrin: I say that there were other spaceships. They’re lined up in the other side of the crater!

Houston: Repeat, repeat!

Armstrong & Aldrin: Let us sound this orbita … in 625 to 5 … Automatic relay connected … My hands are shaking so badly I can’t do anything. Film it? God, if these damned cameras have picked up anything – what then?

Houston: Have you picked up anything?

Armstrong & Aldrin: I didn’t have any film at hand. Three shots of the saucers or whatever they were that were ruining the film

Houston: Control, control here. Are you on your way? What is the uproar with the UFOs over?

Armstrong & Aldrin: They’ve landed here. There they are and they’re watching us.

Houston: The mirrors, the mirrors – have you set them up?

Armstrong & Aldrin: Yes, they’re in the right place. But whoever made those spaceships surely can come tomorrow and remove them. Over and out.

 

Once listed as confidential, the  transcription of the Apollo conversations can be found at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/AS11_CM.PDF.

00 02 45 50 CMP Don’t look out window 1. If you’re – if it looks

like what I see out window 5, you don’t want to

look at it (laughter).

O0 02 45 55 CDR I don’t see anything.

00 02 45 56 _ Why?

00 02 45 57 CMP These flashes out here – –

00 02 45 58 CDR Oh, I see a little flashing out there, yes.

00 02 46 03 CMP You see that? Buzz is usually looking – Just

watch window 5 for a second. See it?

00 02 46 10 LMP Yes

flying out there.

00 02 46 14 CMP Yes, that’s – Oopsedo.

O0 02 46 16 CDR Man, that really – –

00 02 46 18 CMP That’s PU shift?

00 02 46 19 CDR I don’t know, but it sure put a little blip in

there at 2 minutes; I think it increased in thrust….

What other thing in space at the time increased in thrusts????  Other oddities in conversations can be found http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicphotos.html.

NASA has it’s sight on Mars these days, and international cooperation with other countries for the Space Station.  The trillion dollar deficit and fragile world economy will put priorities of humans on terraferma, not outer space at least for the time being. According to NY Times, “NASA has named its next-generation space transportation system the Constellation program. The first two pieces of Constellation — the Ares I rocket with an Orion crew capsule — are to take astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2015.  Obama may be out of office by then and the economy in full recovery to have the funding necessary to revisit the Moon, Mars and beyond.  Yeah, and I’ve got some moon rocks in my yard to help raise funds if anyone is interested.

Geologist Harrison Schmitt  landed on the moon in 1972 aboard the Apollo 17, the last manned mission to ever touch down on the lunar surface.  If only they had discovered oil on the moon, we would have been back there faster than a flea on a camel’s ass.  But Schmitt notes that the moon’s soil is rich in helium-3, rarely found on Earth. and sought for nuclear fusion and energy power .http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gQpxZjGBU8DUGhQSn9Xo9h0aUsKQ  Who knew Helium might someday be more valuable than oil?

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell said “We’re not alone in the universe at all . . . The UFO phenomenon is real, although it’s been covered up by our governments for some time.”

Whatever the truth and whatever lies up, up and away- Apollo 11 instilled patriotism and a spirit of pioneering and new technology. 

Where would we be without Tang and Teflon?

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