Object 3: A picture of Neil Armstrong after landing on the moon
May 27, 2021
Around 50 years ago, on the 20th of July 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to land on the moon. Apollo 11’s crucial mission, the spaceflight that would take them to the moon, was to accomplish Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and Armstrong to land on the moon and welcome them back to Earth safely.
This object contributes to the exhibition as conspiracy theorists claim that NASA has been manipulating information to grant people into believing that the landing actually occurred. An opinion is known to be a judgment based on facts, therefore, an honest attempt to reach a reasonable conclusion based on factual evidence. If the American flag looks like it is flapping in the wind, how can we be sure, as there is no wind on the moon? Opinion can be invalid; however, it is created by research and deducted by logic or factual evidence. There is scientific evidence and knowledge of there being no atmosphere on the moon making it impossible for a flag to wave. This leads to individuals having opinions on whether the moon landing happened, making this theory entirely logical. NASA had elucidated that they had designed special flags with horizontal rods coming out of a vertical one. This creates the ripple effect making the flag look like its waving in the wind.
This object also enriches the exhibition as, even though there is concrete evidence to ‘knowing’ this happened, people still have alternative beliefs and opinions on the landing. Some of that evidence consists in Lunar footprints, samples taken from the moon and scientific equipment installed on the Moon. Despite the evidence of the landing, this object provokes doubts for some individuals. It teaches many to focus on the factual evidence provided before making a judgment or having an opinion on the subject. According to Fienberg, faking the success of the moon landing would require deceit to a huge scale and would be almost impossible to pull off.
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