A Saturn V rocket is being projected onto the Washington Monument right now — 50 years later, to the day, post-launch of Apollo 11.
— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) July 17, 2019
The "moon landing was a fake" conspiracy theory is by far the most perfectly AMERICAN conspiracy theory in history because it only works logically if there are actually no other countries other than the USA, which 90% of Americans functionally believe
— Vincent Bevins (@Vinncent) July 8, 2018
I’m as big a Fortean as you’ll find outside an academic instituion, but sometimes I feel like Buzz Aldrin had the best response. Joel Achenbach, in the Washington Post:
… The moon hoax is a classic conspiracy theory — elaborate, oddly durable, requiring the existence of malevolent actors with a secret agenda. The moon-fakers are allegedly so competent they can fool the whole world (but not so competent that they can actually put humans on the moon).
Researchers suggest conspiracy theories are spreading more easily in today’s information universe, with the Internet functioning as a superconductor. A growing science of conspiracism seeks to understand who these people are, why they embrace such ideas, and whether there is anything that can dislodge a really magnetic conspiracy theory from the mind of a true believer.
Polls show that about 5 or 6 percent of the public subscribes to the moon-hoax theory, former NASA chief historian Roger Launius said. That is a modest number, but these folks showed up reliably whenever Launius gave a lecture on the topic: “They’re very vocal — and they love to confront you.”