(Neil Armstrong and Mankind, who reportedly leapt extra high for bacon.)
You see what happens when you forget to capitalize proper names. Chaos, people!
Why film the moon landing in a studio to fool the world? The U.S. was losing the space race to the Russians and, apparently, the first country to plant their flag on the moon would be declared winner of the cold war AND get their astronauts featured on a Wheaties box (or at least the yellow pages phone book as evidenced in this photo, circa 1962):
Image: darwin Bell
(Um, what's the deal with that robot's face? I hope they didn't cram a person in that thing.)
How did people figure out the moon landing was fake?
The photos! The astronauts' cameras were capable of taking about two shots per second. So, obviously, NASA would release the ones containing stage props (such as rocks with the letter C stamped on them), reflections of stage lights, or just, you know, pictures in which they totally forget to put any stars in the inky, black sky. D'oh! (See debunking of these complaints here.)
And the flag! It was waving! That proves they were not on the moon because there is no atmosphere, and therefore, no wind. NASA claims the flag might have moved "a little" while the astronaut adjusted the pole and, because of the wrinkles, it merely "appeared" to be moving.
Image: By NASA (NASA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Wait a minute. Are you telling me, that in 1969, NASA couldn't find some sort of polyester that wouldn't wrinkle on the trip?! Seriously? Dacron was advertising wrinkle-free pants in 1962:
Image: Etsy, fromJanet
(Maybe flying to the moon is just too strenuous. Must be in the fine print.)
Want to know my favorite part of this conspiracy? Not only did Stanley Kubrick direct the fake footage, but he felt so terrible about it, he snuck a subliminal confession into his 1980 hit, The Shining. (Read all about it here.)
Do you believe we walked on the moon?