Moon landing: Former Ministry of Defence employee analyzes conspiracy theories about Apollo 11
The United States made history in 1969 for sending the first two people on the moon, but following the historic moment, there are some who are questioning whether this was real or not. A former employee from the UK’s Ministry of Defence has since weighed in on the popular theories about the Apollo 11 mission.
Express reports that former MoD employee Nick Pope shared his thoughts on the theories regarding the Apollo 11 mission. Among the popular theories was that it was simply staged and filmed in a studio. In a 2009 interview, Pope recalled his 21 years working for the MoD, and during that time, three years were spent investigating the possibility of extraterrestrial life. He also talked about how many people tend to think that the government is trying to trick them. “Whether its the moon landings, the JFK assassination, Diana, or more recently 9/11, people love the idea that the government is putting one over on them,” said Pope.
He was then pressed on the details of the Apollo 11 mission, with the flags blowing in the wind when they are in space. “What’s happening is that they’re moving the flag around, trying to get it into the ground. Because there is virtually no atmosphere on the moon, there’s no air resistance, so once you move something it carries on moving.”
Pope was then asked about another claim against the moon landing that points out the various shadow angles. “One of the arguments is shadows pointing in different directions, but I think that if you are dealing with a surface that is not even, you’ll often find that shadows aren’t exactly parallel and this is something that people actually test themselves,” said Pope.
Previously, a series of photos commemorating the historic event in the United Kingdom were shared. One particular photo was of a pub in Birmingham, that changed its name to “Man on the Moon” to celebrate the event. Another photo was of Cambridge University’s Dr. Stuart Agrell, who was riding the London subway with the samples collected by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Other photos show Aldrin, Armstrong, and Michael Collins arriving at Heathrow airport with a warm welcome, before they were to meet with Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the Queen.