Moon landing faked conspiracy sparked over film crew and USSR flag clip

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Today marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew stepped foot on the moon.

But despite the clear broadcast footage, conspiracy theorists have long-believed the whole event – and other Apollo missions – were faked.


A recent YouGov poll even found that one in six adults in the UK believe the moon landing was a hoax.

So, on the iconic anniversary, Daily Star Online has picked out three of the most bizarre videos that have been hailed by conspiracy theorists in the past.

Camera crew ‘caught filming moon landing’

The underlying theory behind the conspiracy is that NASA filmed Apollo 11’s landing from a studio on Earth.

So when supposedly ‘leaked’ footage emerged last year of a camera crew recording what seemed to be a lunar landscape, theorist’s tongues were unsurprisingly sent wagging.

The video claimed to come from the “cutting room floor of the film editing department of the Texas State film production company, marked between 1966-1972”.

In the clip, film crews were seen setting up cameras on a surface that looked identical to the white exterior of the moon.

An astronaut was then seen planting the US flag into the ground, accompanied by shouts from a director of “ready and action”.

The footage even showed Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins walking to Apollo 11 with a voice behind the camera shouting “ready and action”.

Hundreds flooded to the comments section of the clip, after it was posted to YouTube by J Decasby, with many unable to debunk the “never-seen-before footage”.

MYSTERY: Footage has claimed to prove the moon landings were faked (Pic: DS/YOUTUBE)

USSR ‘beat Apollo 11 to the moon’

A less-talked-about theory around the moon landing is that the Soviet Union beat NASA to it in 1969.

It is commonly known that the US’ Cold War enemies were first to land a spacecraft and beamed back the first pictures of the surface.

But the US has always insisted Armstrong and Aldrin were the first to step foot on the moon.

Yet footage from 2017 claimed to disprove the official chain of events.

The video supposedly showed Soviet cosmonauts getting out of their spacecraft and then planting a Soviet flag.

It was found by NASA astronauts at a possible Soviet lunar crash site, YouTube user the Unknown claimed.

Experts, however, cast doubt on the footage.

Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, told Daily Star Online that the country would want to publicise such a triumph at the peak of the Cold War and not keep it secret.

Astronaut’s reflection ‘went again space physics’

Two months before Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, another spacecraft was sent to orbit the surface – Apollo 10.

It became the fourth crewed mission in the Apollo programme and – like its famous relative – beamed back images fo the lunar surface back to Earth in stunning footage.

A video posted last year appeared to show a reflection of an astronaut on the glass of the capsule.

The uploader claimed the figure could be seen walking back and forth – instead of displaying the weightlessness that should be visible in space.

Daily Star Online spoke to infamous moon landings denier Bart Sibrel about the footage, who explained that it had to be “correct”.

“The Apollo 10 footage is actually very difficult to interpret, though I suspect the editorial is correct,” he said.



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