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The paper looks at the arguments of conspiracy theory enthusiasts who have raised questions about the fluttering flag, the irregular shadows and the invisible stars, and details how NASA refutes their claims. The paper highlights the conspiracy theorists' irresponsibility, scientific inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and argues that to support such absurd hypotheses and cast doubts in the minds of the American public is an affront to the courage of the astronauts and the brilliance of the engineers who worked hard to achieve mankind's greatest technological feat. Several photos are included in the paper.
From the Paper:"Have you ever been excited hearing: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind? (Jones, 1995)" On July 20, 1969, the entire world was wild with enthusiasm as the words were uttered by American astronaut Neil Armstrong because it meant the success of Apollo 11's mission of landing on the moon. The historical achievement verified not only the improvement of scientific technology of the United States, but was also a remarkable leap of human civilization as what Neil Armstrong said. At that pivotal moment, nobody entertained misgivings about the authenticity of the achievement because the United States launched spacecrafts five times more towards the moon after the Apollo 11 mission. Moreover, according to the Gallup poll in 1995, just six percent of the public believed that they did not go to the moon (Gallup, 2001). In other words, majority of Americans considered that they certainly went to the moon without doubt. However, the world was plunged in confusion because some plots about the landing being a hoax came out of Fox Broadcasting in 2001. Through the program from Fox, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon, the network showed alleged evidences that NASA faked the moon landings. Indeed, many conspiracy theory enthusiasts raised questions about the fluttering Stars and Stripes, the irregular shadows, and the invisible stars. As they expected, can it be false?"
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- Gallup, Inc. Did Men Really Land on the Moon? 15 Feb. 2001. 3 Aug. 2009. <http://www.gallup.com/poll/1993/Did-Men-Really-Land-Moon.aspx/>.
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