In the early 1960s, U.S. President John F. Kennedy set NASA a challenge: to land a man on the moon before the decade was over.
On July 20, 1969, the world watched as astronaut Neil Armstrong slowly climbed down the lunar lander ladder and set foot on the moon, muttering the now famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Despite achieving the greatest technological challenge the world had ever seen, NASA’s accomplishment has been the breeding ground for a slew of conspiracy theories, with many suggesting that the moon landing itself was staged.
In 2001, Fox TV network aired a program titled “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” The hour-long program was hosted by X-Files actor Mitch Pileggi, and featured interviews with people who believe that NASA’s moon landings in the 1960s and 70s were actually faked.
The program concluded that without the technical capability of going to the moon, but with pressure due to the Cold War with the Soviet Union, NASA was forced to fake the whole thing.
The Alien Moon Base
As absurd as it might be, another theory involving incidents on the moon is the alien moon base conspiracy.
With no concrete evidence to back up the premise, there have been numerous versions of the Alien moon base theory. One component of the alien base idea suggests that after World War II, German astronauts traveled to the moon and established a top secret facility there.
According to Moon Conspiracy, speculations surmounted that Adolf Hitler faked his own death, fled the planet and lived the rest of his days in an underground hideout on the moon. (1)
Similar to how all conspiracy theorists are adept in embedding thought-provoking and provocative questions in our minds, alien moon base conspirators enjoy circulating questions such as why the moon landings stopped and why NASA has never tried to build a moon base itself on the moon? (2)
Unfortunately, this theory also completely disparages Neil Armstrong’s momentous and now legendary accomplishment and words as he first stepped foot on the moon.
Why Humans Never Returned to the Moon
The logical explanation as to why man has never returned to the moon since 1972 is that not only does each mission cost a significant amount of money but, as computers and remote sensing equipment became more advanced and better developed, there was less need for manned missions and not a lot could be gained from continuing to send humans to the moon.
However, this logical explanation is not good enough for the alien moon base conspirators, who say that according to hitherto unconfirmed reports, both Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, saw UFO’s on their historic time spent on the moon and that according to the NASA astronauts, aliens have a base on the moon and as a consequence man should stay off! (2)
In fact, claims of secret and mysterious lunar bases began well before Armstrong and Aldrin made their legendary achievement.
These theories began when Polish-born American George Adamski became widely known throughout ufology circles after claiming that he was recruited by the UFO military to photograph UFOs on the moon with his telescopes.
Adamski quickly concluded that the UFOs came from a secret base on the moon. (3)
Giving the modern-day moon conspirators greater ammunition to make their claims was the recent release of NASA’s alleged first ever video clip of the dark side of the moon. On February 3, 2012, NASA released the video that was filmed by the GRAIL spacecraft.
Immediately, one conspiracy theorist posted an article on Hub Pages, asking the question:
“If the U.S. government are to be believed that our first manned mission to the moon happened as early as 1969, why has it taken so long to reveal images of the dark side of the moon to the public?”
GRAIL Dark Side of the Moon Images
The video, according moon landing skeptics, is just another cover-up in an attempt to debunk the conspiracy theories regarding the moon.
According to Carl Wolfe and Donna Hare, who both testified as part of Dr. Steven Greer’s Disclosure Project – a research project aimed at disclosing the facts about UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence – NASA founded a base on the dark side of the moon, but regularly airbrush the evidence out of their images.
Wolfe goes even further, claiming that he was told about the base on the dark side of the moon while he worked for NASA, but the member of staff who told him had breached national security. (3)
The report goes on to say that the images of the GRAIL spacecraft’s newly released video shows signs of tampering, and that the entire image looks like it has been copied and pasted. (3)
Such claims about image tampering and NASA airbrushing are pure speculation, and are never backed up by any evidence.
Likewise, Carl Wolfe’s claim that he was actually told about a base on the dark side of the moon by a NASA official was never proved – it’s only heresay. Surely, if someone at NASA had seriously breached national security by making such a claim, they would have been prosecuted?
The truth is that for the past 40 years, the rumour mill regarding NASA suppressing evidence of the alien presence on the moon has spun out of control.
Without any evidence, the alien moon base conspiracy theory still remains, as described by Bad Astronomy’s appraisal of the 2001 program, “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon”:
“…loaded with bad thinking, ridiculous suppositions and utterly wrong science.” (4)