ONE GIANT MISSTEP FOR A MAN
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The other day, my wife and I were discussing my new book “Transhuman Substantiation: The Truth about A.I. and the Singularity” and the description of what is inside of it on the back cover. When we first went to the publisher, the copy of the description did not fit the book’s content and so we had to discuss what went wrong with it.
My wife Janine suggested we correct it and so I asked the publisher to just put a brief description of who I am on the back cover. It was corrected and a simple description of who I was appeared on the back. It is obvious that since I am no longer on Wikipedia, the description of who I am was a very short paragraph.
It describes that for over 20 years I have been discussing compelling conspiracy theories; however, the only two that are highlighted are HAARP and the fake Moon landings, two subjects that I have not really tackled since 1995 and then again in 2006.
It kind of bugged me to see that on the back of a book about Transhumanism. But I just thought that I had already asked for a change and since I have talked about these subjects, I guess I can let them remain.
In my life synchronicities never cease and I no sooner got over my angst about the back cover of the book and the topics I haven’t covered in years, a story goes viral on the internet over something Astronaut Buzz Aldrin said to a little girl about the Moon landing and why he thinks we didn’t go back to the Moon all these years.
If you have been on the internet, you have probably already heard of this viral video going around which was filmed at the 2015 National Book Fest in Washington D.C, shows Aldrin being interviewed by an eight-year-old girl called Zoey.
Zoey asked the astronaut: “Why has nobody been to the Moon in such a long time?”
Aldrin’s eyes grow wide in the video and he says to the little girl:
“We didn’t go there, and that’s the way it happened. And if it didn’t happen, it would be nice to know why it didn’t happen.”
Well, needless to say this has caused quite a controversy as an aging astronaut takes one giant misstep for a man as he sounds confused and can easily be misconstrued.
It is actually uncomfortable to listen to because you know the minute he starts speaking that what he is saying again makes us wonder if he was referring to the present or whether he is confirming what many people have thought or have entertained and that is the moon landing in 1969 did not happen — that it was faked in order to expand the military’s war machine.
Since before the conclusion of the Apollo program in 1972, some have questioned the Moon landings, claiming that they were faked in some way or another by NASA, and presumably with the acquiescence or perhaps even active involvement of other individuals and organizations.
I remember back in 1995, I entertained the faked moon landing topic to see if anyone still believed we didn’t go. My father expressed his doubts about it ever happening when I was 5 years old and so in the back of my mind was always that doubt. I saw it on TV so it had to have happened – at least so I thought.
Throughout my life, I was a believer of the Moon landing, and then I had an opportunity to speak with Bill Kaysing who was a senior technical writer at Rocketdyne at a Preparedness Expo.
Kaysing wrote a book in 1976 claiming that the moon landing was faked and proceeded to tell me why. He told me that even before the Apollo 11 program – there were people who worked for NASA that were anonymously posting flyers everywhere questioning the technical expertise of the moon landing and how just before the moon shot Neil Armstrong nearly died during a training flight before landing on the moon, he was command pilot on Gemini 8 – the only NASA mission to be aborted in an emergency.
This of course was before Apollo 13.
On May 6, 1968, Armstrong was flying in the lunar landing research vehicle less than 100 feet up when he lost control over it and had to eject. NASA was recording the flight and captured the astronaut ejecting from the vehicle moments before it crashed down and exploded. NASA reported that “the vehicle was a total loss in the ensuing crash.”
If Armstrong had ejected any later, he would have died.
The lunar landing research vehicle, the precursor to the lunar module that he used to land on the moon, was a very different craft from a Navy plane that he was used to flying. In his oral history project, Armstrong described it as looking “like a tin Campbell Soup can sitting on top of some legs.”
Kaysing spoke to me for what seemed to be an hour, but was actually stretched out for at least three.
Needless to say, he was one of my first guests on Ground Zero. It wasn’t that I was out to disprove the moon landing – I just was blown away by what he said. He certainly gave me a reason to doubt – but it also showed me that people get pretty angry at anyone that even brings up the possibility that we never went to the moon.
After I literally angered a group of people that listened to me originally – I really wanted to investigate just how many people doubted the moon landing in the 1960’s.
In the New York Times, a science columnist named John Wilford was curious as to how many people disbelieved the moon landing and he said that that the majority of those he polled in a Chicago bar believed that the moon landing was staged by Hollywood on a film set in Nevada.
On June 15, 1970, the Atlanta Constitution led a story with: “Many skeptics feel moon explorer Neil Armstrong took his giant step for mankind somewhere in Arizona.”
It based its conclusion that an unspecified ― many that have questioned the Apollo 11 and 12 landings, and presumably the April 1970 accident aboard Apollo 13, on an admittedly unscientific poll conducted by the Knight Newspapers of 1,721 U.S. citizens said they didn’t believe either.
It has been determined that 52 percent of those polled in the UK believe the Moon landing in 1969 was faked.
Science websites and magazines will report that less than 5 percent of Americans polled believe the Moon landing was faked, while websites outside of the propaganda umbrella put the figure at around 47 percent.
While the various claims of the Moon landing deniers have evolved over time — there are those who have made peace with the idea that the government faked the landing, others are still on the fence about it while the majority of the doubters are now asking the question that little Zoey asked Buzz, “Why haven’t we gone back.”
Well, the truth is we are allegedly trying to go back but it seems that NASA and others are making excuses as to why we are won’t be able to go back in the next two years.
The delays and the excuses that are being made are over design of the rocket and other things that should have already been addressed in the three years we had a moon program.
The Apollo missions required a 36-story rocket. Three hundred and 63 feet tall.
Let’s just let that sink in a moment.
I work on the 6th floor of the building I broadcast out of – now I couldn’t imagine a Saturn 5 rocket that would be thirty stories taller.
Imagine the statue of Liberty – it was taller.
Today’s Falcon 9 rocket is as tall as a 21-story building.
The Big Flacon Rocket that will be built soon will be bigger and taller than the Saturn 5.
However, none of this makes any sense when the Saturn 5 was an effective rocket and would have been cheaper to use for the Space Shuttle missions.
While it didn’t carry as many people up at once, its payload was much heavier and we have been without a heavy-lift booster since its retirement. The question is why? Obviously, it was a much safer rocket than the hydrogen bomb that was used for the shuttle.
Why now are we scrambling to find a successor to a legendary rocket that sent men safely to the Moon?
NASA has since been working on a new space launch system that they say will be more powerful than the Saturn 5 in order to blast astronauts to Mars.
NASA has curiously downplayed the Saturn five saying that the best is yet to come – we are still waiting for the best — we may not see it until 2030. It was originally supposed to be ready for launch in 2020.
Why the delay – when they could just improve on what they had in the Saturn 5?
In the meantime, there are other things that NASA is doing that makes us question the original Moon landing.
Back in 2005 I reported on two stories that were released by NASA concerning moon dust or Regolith and how it would affect the machinery on the moon and how it would affect the astronauts.
The first story was called “Don’t Inhale the Moon Dust.”
In 1972, Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt sniffed the air in his Lunar Module, the Challenger and said that it smelled like spent gunpowder.
Later, Schmitt felt congested said that some of the Lunar dust came off the boots and made them sneeze. He felt better the next day. I interviewed Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan about regolith and he admitted to allegedly tasting it.
Every Apollo astronaut did it. They couldn’t touch their noses to the lunar surface. But, after every moonwalk (or “EVA”), they would tramp the stuff back inside the Lander. Moondust was incredibly clingy, sticking to boots, gloves and other exposed surfaces. No matter how hard they tried to brush their suits before re-entering the cabin, some dust (and sometimes a lot of dust) made its way inside.
Once their helmets and gloves were off, the astronauts could feel, smell and even taste the Moon.
These astronauts went on to live healthy lives.
But another reason why there have been delays in the Moon shot is because NASA wanted to get funding for a study on how regolith affects the astronauts and the machinery on the Moon.
Now, logic and experience would indicate that scientists would have already known the affects of Regolith with the health study of living astronauts, a lunar rover that was exposed to regolith and a Lunar module that landed on it from 1969 to 1972.
But the idea does not work for NASA – they apparently didn’t have the data in 2005 and so they needed to study the effects of regolith on astronauts and lunar machines. However, they didn’t have enough to use for the test so they made fake moon dust in order to carry out experiments.
They didn’t request a few bags either they needed tons of it so that they could create a fake Moon site to test the equipment on, mainly technologies for diggers and wheels and machinery on the surface.
So again NASA was able to create a simulated or fake moon landscape made with simulated Regolith in order to test machinery for use on the Moon.
So it wouldn’t be out of the question that they could create a simulated landscape back in 1969 and put two astronauts or actors on the set to high five each other and take the rover for a spin – a rover that they neglected to study to see how regolith affected it in the first place.
The study was conducted for a 2020 launch – now it appears that the program is now being pushed to 2030.
Finally, in the aftermath of Buzz Aldrin’s misconstrued message to a little girl about the moon, NASA is again saying something that makes me suspicious about previous endeavors in space.
NASA now claims that they are stuck using decades-old suits that critics say are too old, too bulky, too rigid, and too few in number for America’s new era of space exploration.
NASA is now claiming that Astronauts could need as many as three different kinds of space suits for a single mission.
NASA has plenty of flight suit options—but they are saying that the original EVA (Extra Vehicle Activity) suits will not work.
The EVA suits worked in 1969 didn’t they? They won’t work now for some reason.
Today, NASA uses an incomplete mix of space suits. While riding in Russian Soyuz capsules to the International Space Station, astronauts wear Russian Sokol flightsuits, replacing the orange suits that astronauts wore aboard the Space Shuttle before NASA retired the Shuttle in 2011.
Boeing and SpaceX have both designed their own, unique flight suits for passengers aboard spacecraft they’re developing, and which NASA might hire for some missions.
Crew aboard the International Space Station wear casual clothes for routine work. For spacewalks, NASA stores on the station a few Shuttle-era Extravehicular Mobility Unit EVA suits that the agency first designed in the mid-1970s. Russian crew on the station have their own, 1970s EVA suits for spacewalks.
NASA built 18 Extravehicular Mobility Unit EVA suits for the Shuttle program. As of 2017, just 11 of the suits were still operational, according to the NASA audit. Several suits were destroyed in the crashes of the Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
The original EVA suits from the moon are now retired museum pieces.
Well, now you have the reasons why we haven’t gone back to the Moon.
We don’t have the rocket power –even though we did in 1969. The suits are ineffective and bulky, even though they worked in 1969 and they had to create a moon set using fake regolith in order to test the machinery and to make sure the astronauts don’t get Pneumoconiosis – something that no astronaut had when they returned to Earth and went on to live healthy lives, well into old age.
Just like Buzz Aldrin the astronaut, whose misconstrued reply to a little girl’s inquiry about why we never went back in nearly 50 years, has restarted an even older conspiracy theory about never landing on the Moon in the first place.
It appears that old age is a better excuse to explain Aldrin’s misstep about the Moon than NASA’s excuses as to why we have to wait and wait and wait before we ever go back.