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Apollo 11 moon landing was not fake! Scientist concludes most conspiracy theories are dud

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:30 IST

The world may still be fretting over believing if man really walked over moon. This and many more conspiracy theories take up plenty of space on the internet, but a new study claims that all such theories are bogus. The study claims it would be too "hard for thousands of people to keep something from the public for so long."


In 1969, Aldrin and Armstrong stepped on the moon

The study aimed at determining how long it would take the public to prove alleged conspiracies. Express.co.uk reports "Oxford University physicist Dr David Grimes said that due to the vast amount of people involved, it would have been impossible to keep it out of the public domain if a conspiracy theory were to be proved true."

"His calculations are made up of three factors; the amount of people involved, the length of time since the conspiracy, and the probability of failure."

The Telegraph says, "For a plot to last five years, the maximum number of plotters turned out to be 2,521. To keep a scheme operating undetected for more than a decade, fewer than 1,000 people could be involved, while a century-long deception had to include fewer than 125 collaborators."

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and since then conspiracy theorists have claimed that the moonwalk was fake. They point to the photographs showing the American flag blowing in the breeze, keeping in mind the fact that there's no atmosphere on moon. They also claim that astronauts shadows do not match the lunar module light source.

It has been claimed that American film director admitted filming the hoax on the death bed.

The study says that in the 1969 moon landing, around 411,000 people were involved. Dr Grimes concludes that had the landings been fake, it would have been exposed in three years and eight months.

The IBTimes says, "He applied his equation to four famous conspiracy theories: the moon landing was fake, climate change is a fraud, vaccines cause autism and pharmaceutical companies have a cure for cancer but refuse to share it with the public. His equation determined that if the four conspiracies were real, facts supporting the claims would have been made public by now."

First published: 28 January 2016, 10:34 IST