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Moon landings: fake or real? - Vote in Express.co.uk poll

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Surveys suggest many people still believe the Moon landings were faked (Image: GETTY)

Since the missions, conspiracy theories centred on the supposed faking of the Moon landings have blossomed into something of a cottage industry over the years. Lunar Module pilot famously punched conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel in the face in 2002 after the controversial filmmaker and writer called him a liar and a coward and claimed the Apollo missions were a . There are now dozens of books on the subject including The Moon Landing Hoax: The Eagle That Never Landed, by Dr Steven Thomas, and One Small Step?: The Great Moon Hoax and the Race to Dominate Earth from Space, by Gerhard Wisnewski.

Meanwhile, the rise of social media channels has given new opportunities for people to voice their doubts, including YouTuber Shane Dawson.

In a video uploaded in 2016, Mr Dawson says: “Back in the day America really wanted to get to the Moon first technically they didn’t really have the technology to do that yet so instead they created it on a sound stage and filmed it and said: ‘Guess what - we were there first!’”

In his expletive-laden presentation, Mr Dawson highlights the which he claims was flapping as a result of an air conditioner in the studio, plus other supposed anomalies including the absence of visible stars, a moon rock in which he claims the letter “c” is visible and a stage light he suggests can be seen reflected in the visor of Buzz Aldrin’s space helmet.

He also suggests the shadows are “going in different ways” because they are being cast by stage lights, and even argues the low gravity which enables Armstrong and Aldrin to leap high into the air is the result of them being suspended on wires.

A NASA spokesman told Express.co.uk: “There is a significant amount of evidence to support landed 12 astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972.

“And we’re working right now to return astronauts there in five years – this time to stay.”

He invited anyone questioning the landings to “examine the evidence for themselves:

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Sceptics claim the US flag can be seen fluttering in the breeze (Image: NASA)

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Earthrise, a memorable picture taken by Buzz Aldrin (Image: NASA)

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Conspiracy theorist Scott Dawson aired his views on Youtube (Image: Youtube)

Despite all this evidence, when conspiracy theorists still doubt the authenticity of the Moon landings, they probably also should ask why they question the landings in the first place.

NASA spokesman

The spokesman added: “Despite all this evidence, when conspiracy theorists still doubt the authenticity of the Moon landings, they probably also should ask why they question the landings in the first place.

“Also, it’s worth noting that we’ll be addressing this issue during our Apollo 11 special program, “NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future,” which will air live on NASA TV and beginning at 1pm EDT this Friday, July 19.”

In total, 12 men landed on the Moon during the course of the Apollo Missions - Armstrong, Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

Saturday will be marked by events across the world commemorating the moment when Armstrong uttered the immortal words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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