It was a modest step for a man, but a big leap for humanity. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon with his left foot, leaving the first human footprint there. However, according to a new Moon landing conspiracy theory, he didn’t even wear the space boots necessary to take that step.
These deranged individuals are comparing a photo of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit (taken in 2015 by astronomer Phil Plait at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) with an image from the space exploration mission itself to back up their allegation.
The Apollo/Skylab A7L suit was worn by Armstrong and the other crew members, but they had greater gear. Overshoes with treaded bottoms, to be precise. The footprint in the other shot, by the record, isn’t even Armstrong’s. Buzz Aldrin, according to NASA, owns it.
The overshoes gave the standard spacesuits more protection from rips, tears, and dust. During the Moon landing, they left unique footprints that can be seen in countless other photographs from the trip. If you’re still not convinced, take a trip to the Moon. “The first footsteps on the Moon will be there for a million years,” NASA claimed. They can’t be blown away since there isn’t any wind.”
The next question is why the overshoes aren’t on display with the rest of Armstrong’s kit at the museum. As a weight-saving measure, the Apollo 11 crew left around 100 objects behind on the Moon. Not only TV lenses and human fluids are on the list, but also the notorious shoes.
But, before you read down to hear more about this supposed Moon conspiracy, keep in mind that Neil Armstrong declared that landing the lunar module was the most important accomplishment of the trip, not climbing the steps. “Pilots don’t enjoy walking as much as they enjoy flying,” he explained. “A successful landing is more important to pilots than getting out of the vehicle.”
As of recently, a new Moon landing conspiracy theory has been surfacing on the internet
But some people weren’t convinced by it and decided to check the facts
They found that Armstrong and the other crew members did wear the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit pictured above
But they had more gear. Namely, overshoes with treaded soles
And for the record, the footprint in the other photograph isn’t even Armstrong’s, it belongs to Buzz Aldrin
The overshoes provided extra protection from rips, tears, and dust to the basic spacesuits
This X-ray was taken as a last minute check to see if there were any foreign objects that could compromise the integrity of the spacesuit during the mission
The boots left distinctive footprints that can be seen in numerous other images from the mission
And if you’re still skeptical, go to the Moon for a closer look
“The first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. There is no wind to blow them away”
But why the overshoes aren’t at the museum like the rest of Armstrong’s gear?
The crew left behind about 100 items on the Moon as a weight saving measure. The list includes not only TV lenses and bodily fluids, but the infamous shoes as well
People were incredibly amused to hear such a ridiculous theory
Originally published on the boredpanda