“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These immortal words were spoken on 20th July 1969 when American astronaut Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon. Or did he?
Believe it or not, there are many people who are convinced that he never landed on the moon at all. These theorists claim to have proof that it was all an elaborate hoax executed by NASA to beat the Soviets in the space race.
This programme examines both sides of the controversy and reveals, for the first time on television, the so-called ‘fake photos’ – actual photographic evidence that, some claim, proves that the legendary moon landing never happened.
It also investigates the mysterious deaths of ten NASA astronauts in the months leading up to the historic mission.
Doubters and conspiracy theorists present their astonishing arguments, such as that in many official photographs there are no stars in the sky despite the clarity of deep space, that the American flag appears to wave in the breeze even though the moon has no atmosphere, and that there is no blast crater under the Lunar Lander where its powerful rocket engine had fired.
Believers, however, point to the obvious evidence surrounding what has been called the single greatest technological achievement of all time – the lift-off and landing of the spacecraft, the 45+ pounds of moon rocks which scientists have been studying for years, and the statements from the hundreds of NASA commanders, employees and astronauts who have spoken reverently of that historic day 43 years ago.
Is it possible that we never actually went to the Moon? You decide!