Did Neil Armstrong Walk on the Moon?

Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Photo by NASA

Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Photo by NASA

Maryann Compton, Staff Writer

There are many conspiracy theories out there, one of them being the question: Did Neil Armstrong actually walk the moon?

An opinion poll was taken and between 6% to 10% of Americans believe the moon landing was a hoax.

The origin for this theory comes from an influential book called “We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle” which explains in depth that the chances of a successful moon landing were 0.0017%. The author of the book, Bill Kaysing, was a former US Navy officer, giving him credibility for many of those seeking answers.

The next promoter of the hoax was Fox television network. In 2001, Fox aired a documentary titled “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” Fox claimed that NASA faked the first moon landing so that they could win the Space Race. The film showed the flag rippling in the air, despite the moon not having any air or wind. It also filmed many oddities within the videoing of the landing. For example, many scientists believed astronauts could not have passed through Van Allen’s Radiation Belts, a zone of energetic charged particles.

Fox News on the Moon Landing Hoax. Photo by Fox

Another reason why NASA might have faked the landing was that they wanted to fulfill JFK’s 1961 goal, “of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”


The Royal Reporter asked some students how they felt about the conspiracy theory.  Lara Macatangay ’20 states, “The reason why I know about this theory was that I watched a video on Youtube explaining every part of this theory and how they were able to fake the landing. A little part of me believes it was real, but with all the facts I have been presented with, it seems clear to me that it was faked.”

To wrap up, there are many facts suggesting Neil Armstrong did not, in fact, walk on the moon and that NASA faked it, but there is another side to the story. The series Mythbusters explains all the reasons the moon landing was real and how Neil Armstong did, in fact, walk on the moon.

The Royal Reporter will never know what happened, but what is true is that this article was one small step for news writing and one giant leap for conspiracy theorists.