It’s July 1969, and the world watches as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take mankind’s first steps onto the Moon. Fast forward to 2018, however, and the internet is rife with conspiracy theories that claim the event was staged. What’s more, such doubts are unlikely to die after an internet user spotted something strange about Armstrong’s boots. But is the observation really evidence of arguably the boldest hoax in history?
Apollo 11 launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on July 16 of that momentous year. It took with it, of course, all the hopes of an America desperate to beat the Soviet Union in the race to land a man on the Moon. And four days later, the country celebrated as Armstrong and Aldrin – aided by fellow astronaut Michael Collins – stepped onto the lunar surface.
America’s mission was a success. The astronauts subsequently explored the surface of the Moon, capturing images and taking samples of the lunar terrain. Then after hoisting the American flag, the men began their perilous journey back to Earth. Thankfully, then, on July 24 the mission’s command module landed safely in the Pacific Ocean. And the event subsequently catapulted Armstrong and Aldrin to fame.