• Question: did we really go to the moon in 1969 because some people think that it was filmed in a studio because aparently you cannot get wind in space but the flag was blowing and there was two light sources the sun and something else?

    Asked by iijackooov12 to Nicola on 20 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Nicola Potts

      Nicola Potts answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      We really really truly did go to the Moon in 1969!

      The flag is attached to an ‘L’ shaped rod so it didn’t hang down. It also got pretty creased on the trip which gives the effect of the flag blowing in the picture. There were also slight movement of the flag just after it had been put up which also creates the effect of wind blowing.

      There are two light sources on the Moon – the Sun and the light reflected off the Earth (like we have with the Moon in the sky).

      Having seen the equipment which the astronauts used in 1969 and held the rocks brought back I am 100% positive we went to the Moon. Also the Moon rocks are quite different from Earth rocks and it would be impossible to replicate them.

      I think the biggest evidence for America landing on the Moon is Russia. Russia at the time was the Soviet Union and involved in the Cold War with America. The Space Race was between these two countries to see who could be successful first (and therefore prove to be the better country). The Russians watched the Moon landings with telescopes from Earth and if America were faking it they definitely would have said something.

      Also another check you can do is, we have really high quality images from the Moon using something called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) which mean we can see the vehicle tracks and landing sites from these missions. There were also mirrors placed down on the Moon’s surface which anyone with a fancy laser can reflect from (they do this in an episode of the Big Bang Theory).

      I hope I have explained well that we definitely went to the Moon!?