In a post to her Twitter account this Friday, conservative commentator Candace Owens wanted to initiate some “light hearted fun” by helping to disseminate a room temperature-IQ conspiracy theory about the first moon landing.
“Now for some light-hearted fun,” Owens tweeted. “What’s the one ‘conspiracy theory’ that no matter what anyone says you believe is true. Mine is that the moon landing in 1969 was completely faked. Just nothing about it makes sense. Especially NASA ‘accidentally erasing’ the original footage.”
“Nothing about it makes sense” — Well, physics, aerodynamics, and engineering are hard to understand sometimes.
The biggest thing for me is the fuel tank size, plus the live broadcast with audio from the moon.
I just cannot.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 28, 2022
In regards to Owen’s claim about the “erasing” of the original moon landing footage, NASA itself gave a detailed explanation in a post to its website a few years ago.
NASA searched for but could not locate some of the original Apollo 11 data tapes – “original” in the sense that they directly recorded data transmitted from the Moon. An intensive search of archives and records concluded that the most likely scenario was that the program managers determined there was no longer a need to keep the tapes — since all the video and data were recorded elsewhere — and they were erased and reused.
The data on those tapes, including video data, were relayed to the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center), during the mission. The video was recorded there and in other locations; there is no missing video footage from the Apollo 11 moonwalk.
The search discovered high-quality broadcast versions of the footage. NASA worked with Lowry Digital, a premier film restoration company, to process the video using techniques unavailable in 1969. The restored video was released in HD as part of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.
Owen’s tweet brought out the moon landing deniers, as well as people fed up with one of the dumbest conspiracy theories to exist before QAnon.
Rockets carry their own oxygen in the form a liquid O2.
— Jim Maxedon (@jmax7) January 28, 2022
There is a horizontal pole to hang the flag… it wasn’t magically floating
And you couldn’t fake dropping a hammer and a feather to hit the surface at the same time if there was ANY atmosphere
Do your own research, and not on #QAnon websites
— There is no #MemoryHole, we’ll remember your BS (@MtlPhotog) January 28, 2022
There were lots of failures on the Apollo missions
It required a lot of whacking stuff together and improvising on the spot
Here’s a video wich has quite a bit of info on the Apollo missions and their space hackshttps://t.co/biP7I63KFd
— Eastern Chicken🅱️ (@ChickenEastern) January 28, 2022
As a radioengineer: broadcasting audio from the Moon in 1969 is *absolutely trivial* compared to getting there. The first transatlantic radio contact was achieved in 1901. That is some uninformed reasoning.
I used to respect you, but this is just unbelievable.
— Petr Mareš (@petrmares2) January 28, 2022