Did former Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin just admit on TV that the famous first moon landing was fake?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Buzz Aldrin Admitted Moon Landing Was Fake!
People are sharing a TikTok video which purportedly shows former Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin admitting on TV that the moon landing was fake!
Stew Peters : Why would Buzz Aldrin say this? 🤯
Is he trolling?
Buzz Aldrin Tried to Tell You! The Moon Landing Was Fake.
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Buzz Aldrin admits the moon landing was fake “We didn’t go there”
Moon landing 1969 was fake.
So supposedly Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969 with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
A filthy j-w wanted evidence that it was fake, here it is:
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Did Buzz Aldrin just admit that the moon landing was fake?! 😱
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) March 28, 2023
Truth : Buzz Aldrin Did NOT Admit Moon Landing Was Fake!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created on TikTok, and shared on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : These Are Old Videos
First, let me just point out that the viral video clip consists of three old video clips from 2005 and 2015.
- first part was from a Q&A session with Buzz Aldrin at the Oxford Union in 2015
- second part was from an interview with Buzz Aldrin at the 2015 National Book Festival
- third part was from an old Conan O’Brien interview of Buzz Aldrin from 2000.
They are not new or recent by any measure, so claiming that Buzz Aldrin “just” admitted that the famous first moon landing was fake is nonsense.
Fact #2 : The Video Clips Were Edited To Remove Context
The three video clips are real, but were edited to remove context, in order to misrepresent what Buzz Aldrin said.
In the first video clip, Buzz Aldrin was asked by an audience member, what was “the scariest moment of the journey”, to which he replied, “Scariest? It didn’t happen. It could’ve been scary, don’t you think?”
The video creator cut the clip at that point, to make it look like Buzz Aldrin said that the moon landing didn’t happen. The truth is – Buzz Aldrin was referring to how the “scariest moment” could have, but fortunately did not happen.
In the part that was edited out, Buzz Aldrin explained how he saw a “broken circuit breaker” in the dust on the floor of the lunar module – “there was something that didn’t look like it belonged there“. He then explained how pushing that circuit breaker with a pen sent the necessary power to the engine that helped return them to Earth.
In the second video clip, Buzz Aldrin was asked why nobody has “been to the moon in such a long time“, to which he responded, “because we didn’t go there, and that’s the way it happened“.
The video creator edited out the subsequent part which shows Aldrin explaining that “we need to know why something stopped in the past if we wanted to keep it going“, and saying that money was a factor, as more money is needed for new equipment, “instead of keep doing the same thing“.
The third video clip shows Buzz Aldrin being interviewed by Conan O’Brien about the animations used in the TV coverage of the moon landing. He explained that the TV stations were using those animations with the actual audio because there was no one on the moon to film the moon landing!
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Fact #3 : Buzz Aldrin Has Long Called For A Return To The Moon.
Buzz Aldrin has never said that the moon landings were fake, or that NASA never made it to the moon. In fact, he also long called for a return to the moon.
In August 2017 – 48 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, he made another open call for a return to the moon, as the first step towards sending humans to Mars.
I think the National Space Council could exert a strong position of leadership by pulling together space-capable nations to forge a partnership — one that utilizes low Earth orbit and the Moon as a testing ground for technologies needed to make possible footprints on faraway Mars.
The United States is the experienced and potential leader of this coalition of space-capable countries. Doing so could decrease the cost of many activities in Earth orbit and at the Moon in preparation for Mars.
Given the reactivation of the National Space Council, I call upon them to help secure a bold presidential commitment. That is, on the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing on the Moon in 2019, to commit to a continued occupation of Mars with international crews. Through U.S. leadership, we can facilitate and sustain the arrival of humans on Mars.
Fact #4 : Buzz Aldrin Punched Moon Landing Denier In 2019
It is also ludicrous to claim that Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin wanted to avoid NASA censorship, and sneak word out that the moon landing was fake.
Buzz Aldrin was been outspoken about the moon landing, and has never claimed that it was fake. In fact, he once punched Bart Sibrel – a conspiracy theorists who made “documentaries” like A funny thing happened on the way to the moon (2001) and Astronauts Gone Wild (2004).
On 9 September 2002, Bart Sibrel cornered Buzz Aldrin in Beverly Hills, asking him if the moon landing and his lunar walk was fake, and badgering him to swear on the Bible. But when he called Aldrin “a coward, and a liar, and a thief”, Buzz Aldrin punched him in the face.
One small punch for Sibrel, one giant slap for conspiracy theories!
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) March 28, 2023
Fact #5 : Moon Landing Was Not A Hoax
It is now 2023 – over 53 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to step foot on the moon. We need to stop believing in fake news, because over the last half century, this conspiracy theory has been repeatedly debunked:
- the Apollo program involved over 400,000 people, and no one has ever produced a single shred of evidence it was fake.
- Each Apollo lander left a “retroreflector” on the moon, which are used to measure the moon’s distance. Anyone with a powerful enough laser can prove that the moon landings are real by aiming it at any of these retroreflectors.
- The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mapped the moon’s surface in detail in 2009, and returned images of the Apollo landing sites, showing the lunar modules, flags and astronaut footprints.
- The six Apollo missions brought back 380 kg of moon rock samples that are 200 million years older than any Earth rocks.
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