The 52nd anniversary of the first ever Moon landing has drawn long-time conspiracy theorists back out of the woodwork with fresh claims on social media of a ‘hoaxed’ space event.
Before everyone could have their version of events published on Twitter, however, some people have decided to search for the truth directly from the men who claim to have gone.
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Since their return to Earth from the Apollo 11 mission, the space heroes have had to dodge countless sceptics claiming they were part of an elaborate hoax staged by NASA.
In 2002, Aldrin was confronted by a conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel and a film crew outside a Beverly Hills hotel.
It is understood that the astronaut was lured there under the false pretence of being interviewed for a Japanese children’s TV show, Perth Now reports.
The video camera footage shows Sibrel confronting Aldrin and demanding he swore on the Bible that he did in fact walk on the moon.
All while calling the astronaut a “thief, liar and coward” and poking the spaceman with the holy book.
Sibrel added: “You’re the one who said you walked on the Moon when you didn’t.”
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The 72-year-old former spaceman didn’t take the conspiracy questions very well and punched Sibrel in the jaw.
Aldrin pled self-defence and was let off by police on the basis of an absence of visible injury and no previous criminal convictions.
Many believers didn’t think of the attack as anything but a regretful loss of temper, but some theorists saw the heated response as proof of their doubt.
The first lengthy conspiracy theory about the Moon landing was in the self-published book We Never Went to the Moon, 1974, by Bill Kaysing.
He was a technical writer at space contractor Rocketdyne in the 1950s, and died in 2005.
The former US navy officer insisted the Moon landings were filmed at a production studio in Area 51.
He claimed he had inside knowledge of a government conspiracy to fake the Moon landings.
Now, in a recently resurfaced video which has been posted on YouTube titled ‘Undeniable Proof that the Moon Landing was Fake’, well known conspiracy theorist Kaysing says, with his years of experience working in the industry, that the lunar lander would have left an “enormous crater” on the moon.