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Everyone believes that man landed on the moon in 1969 but what if we told you that it never actually happened? What if we told you that the only place man landed was in a film studio? Well that may just be the case. In the year 1969, the whole world erupted with excitement as the news reported that man had touched down on the moon. However, since then people have been rather sceptical as to whether things were really as great as they seemed or if this was just another government lie. One thing that the more observant of us have notice is that in one picture released by NASA, an unexplained object can be seen reflected in the astronauts helmet.

The object seems to be hanging in the air (as though from a wire or rope) and has no reason for being there. After examining the lunar module we can determine that there is nothing extended from it that matches the object in the helmet. People have, however, compared the object to a studio light and the resemblance is clear to see. Whilst NASA have been quick to shut down other theories, this one still remains unexplained, most probably because they have no explanation other than the fact that the moon landing was a hoax. Further evidence of studio fakery is the famous “C” rock. In yet another official NASA released picture, there is a rock with a perfect letter “C” drawn on to it, clearly visible at the bottom of the image. This could be evidence that the rock was merely a prop and the “C” written on it was to help with placement. A clumsy set designer could easily have placed it the wrong way, revealing the what-was-meant-to-be-concealed “C” to the whole world. The “C” is perfectly symmetrical which rules out the notion that it could be a natural occurrence. NASA has given two opposing explanations for this. One of these explanations is that it was a prank done by the photographic developer and the other explanation is that it may have been a stray hair which got tangled during the development process. As neither of these explanations make sense or even go together, it’s much more plausible that the rock is, indeed, just a prop. As well as using fake rocks and studio lights, NASA have also been exposed for editing their photographs. The cameras used by the astronauts had cross hairs which helped with scaling and direction when taking photographs.

Unfortunately for NASA, it has been noticed by many of us that some of the man made objects appear over the top of the cross hairs. If you have any knowledge of cameras, you will quickly realise that this should be impossible as the crosshairs are attached to the camera itself. The only way that the cross hairs could appear behind objects is if the pictures have been doctored or edited. It is entirely possible that as well as studio footage, photographs were also released which showed man made objects edited over the top of real photos of the moons surface, to make the whole escapade more believable. Well who made all of this movie magic possible? None other than Stanley Kubrick, director of many famous films including (the very relevant) “2001: A Space Odyssey”. At the beginning of 1964, Kubrick had just finished his film “Dr. Strangelove ”. For this film, Kubrick had needed a B-52 bomber plane but after his request to film a real one had been rejected by the Pentagon, he turned to various special effects in order to re create the plane in flight. Whilst nowadays the special effects look rather old fashioned, in 1963 they were absolutely astounding. After someone in NASA viewed the film (and noticed the artful special effects), they decided that Kubrick would be the best person to direct the Apollo Moon landing. Kubrick, being a tough negotiator, initially would not agree to being part in the scandal but after either being told that his daughter would be unsafe if he did not do as they said, he ultimately agreed. As well as threats, bribes could very possibly have been used to eventually convince him, including a virtually unlimited budget for the making of “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

The film production for the aforementioned sci-fi classic began in 1964, coinciding quite nicely with the beginning of the Apollo program which also began that same year. Frederick Ordway, who was working for the Apollo program, was actually also Kubrick’s main science advisor for his space themed flick. So now that they had a director and a studio, all NASA had to do was pull some good old Hollywood trickery and film a moon landing. Using Front Screen Projection (when scenes are projected behind actors so it appears as though they are in that setting) and a few other cinematic tricks, Kubrick managed to realistically make it appear as though the astronauts really were on the moons surface. Evidence for this comes in the form of his fingerprints on official NASA photographs and film footage. The footage of the landing was then released to the world. Due to more threats from NASA, Kubrick was not allowed to admit to his partaking in the directing of the landing, not even to his own family. Despite this restriction, Kubrick still wanted to confess to what he had done and so throughout his hit movie “The Shining”, he intertwined many “Easter eggs” which hint towards his involvement in the moon landing forgery. The first of these is that “Danny” (the child character of the movie) is wearing an Apollo 11 jumper and is sitting on a hexagonal patterned carpet (symbolic of the hexagonal launching pads of NASA). A ball rolls toward him and he gets up from the floor (which symbolises the launching of the spacecraft) and ventures into a Room 237 (the distance from earth to the moon at this time was 237,000 miles from Earth, which makes this room the “Moon Room”). When he emerges from the room he is physically unable to talk about what had happened in there (much like how Kubrick would have been silenced from speaking about his involvement in the moon landing).

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