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“Those slopes are steep, the rocks are very large.” The Descent According to Neil Armstrong

A comment 3 years ago on YouTube by one Drew Singer:

I believed for many years that we did not land on the moon and that is was all just an elaborate hoax. I got in a million arguments with people about how we did not go and I was so certain and wouldn’t listen to anyone or believe otherwise. I believed I was the open-minded one and that everyone else was closed-minded. I would be so flabbergasted that the rest of the world couldn’t see how obvious it was that we didn’t go to the moon. I would get so frustrated with the people who were “asleep”. There was seemingly so much evidence that we never landed a man on the moon.

One day out of the blue, sparked by something that made me think. (I don’t remember what that was) What if I was the closed-minded one? What if I was the one who was wrong. I came to the realization that I was looking only for evidence that we had not gone and I was completely ignoring the evidence that we clearly did land a man on the moon.

I was so blinded by my ignorant search for proof that we did not go that I couldn’t see anything that suggested otherwise. How foolish and ignorant it was of me to believe that it was out of the realm of possibility that we could not safely land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth.

And as with all who argue that we did not go, what the hell did I know? What do those people know when we have these brilliant minds telling us that we went and that it is possible? People who know what they are talking about. They are far more intelligent and educated in the sciences that put a man on the moon.

I had no leg to stand on. I was a fool. And how disrespectful I was to the great people, the wonderfully brilliant minds that all got together for a moment in history as one nation, with one common goal in mind and did something that many thought was impossible. So seemingly impossible that many still can’t, and won’t believe it today.

I really hate to break it to you though, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN went to the moon. Do the research. The proof, the undeniable evidence is there. But if you won’t open your mind enough to see both sides of the argument, you will continue to be blind to the truth. Once you realize it, it will become humorous to you that you ever believed otherwise. Take it from me, as someone who, like yourselves, could not and would not be convinced otherwise.

Malley: Was the moon landing faked?

Armstrong: People love conspiracy theories. They’re very attractive, but they were never a concern to me — because I know that one day somebody’s going to fly back up there and pick up that camera I left there.

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  • Casey Klahn July 19, 2019, 8:47 AM

    Google map of the moon: amazing!

    Great talk by NA.

  • MMinLamesa July 19, 2019, 11:51 AM

    WOW, that was amazing.

  • Jeff Brokaw July 19, 2019, 5:09 PM

    Same: WOW

  • Jewel July 20, 2019, 5:18 AM

    Google must have faked all those photos.

  • mizbish July 20, 2019, 6:03 PM

    I really wish I could remember the exact wording and the source of a great piece of wisdom I read a few years ago. But I can’t. I DO, however, remember the concept – and it was this: The question is not why we did or didn’t ‘connect the dots. The real question is “Why, in an infinite universe of dots, do we choose to connect the particular dots we choose.” Wow. That insight always makes me pause and question my own reasons more deeply, as well as those of folks with whom I disagree.

  • Nori July 20, 2019, 10:42 PM

    I blame you for the moonlit sky
    And the dream that died
    With the Eagles’ flights
    I blame you for the moonlit nights
    When I wonder why
    Are the seas still dry
    Don’t blame this sleeping satellite.

    Did we fly to the moon too soon?
    Did we squander the chance?
    In the rush of the race
    The reason we chase is lost in romance
    And still we try
    To justify the waste
    For a taste of Man’s greatest adventure

    I blame you for the moonlit sky
    And the dream that died
    With the Eagles’ flights
    I blame you for the moonlit nights
    When I wonder why
    Are the seas still dry
    Don’t blame this sleeping satellite

    Have we got what it takes to advance?
    Have we peaked too soon?
    If the world is so great
    Then why does it scream under a blue moon?
    We wonder why
    If the earth’s sacrificied
    For the price of its greatest treasure

    I blame you for the moonlit sky
    And the dream that died
    With the Eagles’ flights
    I blame you for the moonlit nights
    When I wonder why
    Are the seas still dry
    Don’t blame this sleeping satellite

    And when we shoot for the stars
    What a giant step
    Have we got what it takes
    To carry the weight of this concept?
    Or pass it by
    Like a shot in the dark
    Miss the mark with a sense of adventure

    I blame you sleeping satellite

    I blame you for the moonlit sky
    And the dream that died
    With the Eagles’ flights
    I blame you for the moonlit nights
    When I wonder why
    Are the seas still dry
    Don’t blame this sleeping satellite

    Don’t blame this sleeping satellite.

    Tasmin Archer,John Beck,John Hughes 1992

  • Bill Henry July 21, 2019, 8:06 AM

    Neil Armstrong understood probably more than anyone, how he walked on the shoulders of great men as he exited the lunar module.

    I remember the day we walked on the moon. The world held its breath. It was amazing.. simply amazing.

    The problem with the people who deny we went is that they believe that it was all a lie because the government was never honest about why we went to the moon. What they were looking for. I do believe they found it.

    I think its interesting that Neil Armstrong was considered by all NASA geologists to be the best collector of moon rocks among all the astronauts among all the missions. Hmmm how do you gauge something like that?? He was the most successful because he did the best job collecting the best samples of them all.. Which means, they (NASA) were/are looking for something on the moon, that relates to life on Earth…

    The mystery is… what were they looking for?

  • Skorpion July 21, 2020, 1:14 PM

    That’s a lovely song, Nori. I posted it on my FB page the day Armstrong died as a tribute to his bravery, and to the millennia of human imagination and determination that put a man on the moon.
    Here’s the tune: https://youtu.be/lOqVQPq8zm8

  • Anonymous July 21, 2020, 3:45 PM

    Worth revisiting. An oldie but a goodie.


  • Bloughlin July 21, 2020, 3:48 PM

    For me the most definitive proof continues to be Buzz Aldrin’s aging fist and some asshole’s nose.

  • Rob De Witt July 21, 2020, 3:54 PM

    We were renting a little house in San Antonio, with an even tinier back stoop. I walked out the back door and stared at the waxing crescent moon, trying to wrap my head around the fact that somebody like me was up there walking around on it.

    Chills, still.

  • Anony July 21, 2020, 4:32 PM

    How could anyone think a government agency could put together a “scam” such as this with the number of people that would have to be involved and keep such activities a secret for 50 years? Much easier to do it for real than fake it.

  • Mitch Strand July 22, 2020, 12:51 AM

    I not only believe that we landed men on the moon, I further believe Neil Armstrong got his line right, and that static obscured him saying one of the best lines spoken by a human being: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

  • Anonymous July 22, 2020, 6:14 AM

    People strongly hold on to their beliefs even in the face of resounding proof. I recently posted on one of the FB pages for my profession, an article that contained links to about 10 research articles on the ineffectiveness of masks for hospital workers during flu season. Researchers found that even N95 masks do not prevent infection from cold and flu germs, which are much larger than the COVID-19 germ. My purpose was to provide information, because many of my fellow workers are very concerned about masks, since we possibly will be returning to work face to face with children in their homes. Currently, we provide services through telehealth, but parents now want us back in their homes. There has been much fear and discussion on the best way to protect ourselves from the plague. The attacks immediately commenced. I was told that the source of the online article was suspect (according to what authority?), that I was being political, that the article was published online 3 months ago and therefor irrelevant to COVID, and my favorite-that the information was dangerous and that I should take down my post. Did anyone take the time to actually read the article and the linked research articles? No. My profession prides itself on using only proven therapeutic techniques in our work. We are specifically trained on how to discern whether or not research is valid and proven. Yet not one of my peers would take the time to even glance at any of the research lest their viewpoint be proven incorrect. Some people enjoy being blind and holding on to their conspiracy theories. My post is still on that page, where it will remain. The same blindness infects those who deny the greatness of the moon landing.

  • Punditarian July 22, 2020, 1:09 PM

    I confess I am partial to the view that the first steps on the moon were taken by Neil Armstrong, an American, and that it was a giant leap for the United States of America, not all mankind.