The Apollo 11 mission on 20 July 1969 has long since been the subject of critical analysis among conspiracy theorists. Many claim the moon exercises were all elaborate hoaxes staged at terrestrial facilities. These claims have all been shown to be fallacious. However, something which recently rekindled conspiracy claims relate to the first footprints on the moon.
American astronaut, Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, historically captured by his Apollo 11 colleagues. These photographs included footprints made in the moon dust which at the time made headlines across the world.
However, when his A7LB Space Suit was photographed in 2015 on presentation to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, there was a discrepancy between his boot treads.
Transpires the iconic moon prints were not made by Neil Armstrong, but rather his fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, took the iconic photograph of his own footprint to allow scientists to study the tensile strength of the lunar surface. The tread on Aldrin’s boot, as documented in a picture taken by Armstrong as Aldrin descended the ladder from the LEM to the moon’s surface matches the tread.
The astronauts wore overshoes (with treaded soles) to give the explorers extra protection from rips, tears, and dust.
The distinctive footprints, are still on the Moon to this day, but there is no intent, as yet to preserve them for prosterity.
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