A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon
by Bart Sibrel
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon
by Bart Sibrel
Many of my colleagues have encouraged me to write a response to Michael Medved's recent USA Today article in which he suggests that anyone who holds an opinion that the United States' lunar landings of the late 1960's and early 1970's were falsified for strategic benefit must be completely insane or mentally deficient. I, Bart Winfield Sibrel, am the writer, producer and director of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, the documentary which inspired the recent Fox special, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?, for which I served as senior consultant and key interviewee.
Suggesting that the greatest event in human history was staged as a Cold War tactic to bluff the Soviet Union into a reserved nuclear posture, is, on the surface, seemingly preposterous. However, I, not Mr. Medved, have spent half a decade and $500,000 on research into just the possibility, as remote as it may be, that the boastful goal of a non-engineer politician in 1961 (John Kennedy) to "put a man on the moon by the end of the decade (December 31, 1969)" was a bite too large to chew.
After all, two decades later, with much improved and superior technology to that of 1969, a mission only 1/100th as complicated, the Earth orbit of a telescope (Hubble), was nearly as many years behind schedule as the entire duration of the lunar landing goal, and then, after its sixth launch attempt, didn't even work when it arrived at its destination which is 1/1000th the distance to the moon. In addition, it took another two years to make the necessary repairs to get it operational. Even today, an unmanned probe (to Mars), the size of a large toaster, requires nearly ten years to develop. Mr. Medved, where is the logic in this?
Unfortunately, Mr. Medved composed his article without even reviewing my film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon which contains newly discovered, unprecedented evidence consisting of a previously unseen, mislabeled, 31-year old unedited reel of footage from the first mission to the moon, Apollo 11, dated three days into the flight. In this footage Neil Armstrong himself is clearly visible staging part of the mission photography. Before I uncovered this mislabeled lost footage, and after three and a half years of research, I estimated the possibility of a government fraud of the lunar landings to be about 25%. After viewing this footage: 100%.
It is a fact. Humankind has not stepped foot on the moon. End of story. Proof of this is in my film. This whole endeavor really pushes people's buttons when it come to national pride. That is why I open my controversial documentary with a Renaissance painting of the Tower of Babel and a Biblical quote, "When pride cometh, then cometh shame" (Proverbs 11:2). Rivalry among nations began with which civilization could build the tallest building. Sound familiar? I then show the Titanic and the quote, "The Ship that God Himself could not sink!" Finally, I quote Nixon referring to Apollo 11's landing on the moon as the greatest event since creation.
When the USA Today writer refers to the crewmembers he doesn't even know as "brave astronauts" he clearly discloses his environmentally conditioned prejudice toward viewing this topic without any objectivity. If questioning the integrity of our government is so unpatriotic in his mind, he is forgetting that this is precisely how our nation was founded, questioning the ethics and motives of mother England. George Washington, the "Father" of our country, considered it a disgrace to his office to lie about the complete depravity of the condition of his army's morale, competence, resources and numbers against the attacking British army. He refused to "white wash" his dispatches to Congress in order to boost their pride or spirits. This kind of leadership, "I cannot tell a lie," is sorely missed in our government.
Furthermore, I can only assume Mr. Medved was referring to me as the "utterly uncredentialed investigative journalist." Funny, isn't it, that those making such accusations about such emotionally provocative topics are often guilty of the very charges they unthoughtfully assert against others. Had he done his research before writing the article (I spent 5 years on this subject, interviewing hundreds of sources), he would have discovered that the "uncredentialed" affiliation I had at the time of the commencement of my investigative journalist's research was none other than NBC News.
A little further investigation on Mr. Medved's part would have discovered that the NASA spokesperson on the program, Brian Welsh, definitely agreed with him in that he felt that his performance of impatient dismissive generalizations did not seem very convincing; rather, a point-for-point rebuttal would have been more appropriate. Apparently, in an effort to be better prepared in the future, Brian Welsh did his own off-the-record investigation with the special access privileges attack in November 2000 at age 42.
When Fox pointed out that eleven Apollo astronauts all had non-space related fatal accidents within a twenty-two month period of one another, he failed to mention that the odds of this happening were 1 in 10,000. Oddly enough, these were the same odds given to a successful manned moon landing on its first attempt by a senior space program employee in the mid-1960's. Nevertheless, Mr. Medved does raise some very good questions that should be addressed. The first is, "why did the Russians not blow the whistle on such a fraud?"
Because I strongly believe that the chief motive for the cover-up was to fool the Soviet Union into thinking that the US had superior missile technology that did not really exist, we need to understand how urgent and unprecedented a motive this was, note past occasions of now disclosed United States misinformation, analyze whether or not the Soviets had the capability to uncover it, and, if they did, question whether or not they would really broadcast this finding to the world. It is important to note, that at the dawn of the space race never before in human history had two "superpowers" each possessed the intercontinental nuclear missile capability of annihilating the other several times over from a location half way around the world.
Perhaps a reminder is in order as well to mention the fact that during this period the Russians launched the first artificial satellite, the first human in space, the first human to orbit the Earth, the first space walk, the first woman in space, the first crew of three into space, and the first of two simultaneously orbiting spacecraft rendezvousing. For every twenty hours the US had spent in space at the time the Soviets had spent one hundred. Five times the experience and expertise!
In 1994, our own government's watchdog agency, the General Accounting Office, reported, "The Star Wars Missile Defense System rigged tests to make it seem more advanced than it really was. The aim was to fool the Soviet Union about US strategic capability during the Cold War." How much more so was there the need in 1969 when there was genuine concern that "Sputnik 3" might have nuclear missiles on it for a first strike that would put the weapons within less than ten minutes from major targets in America? Furthermore, if the Soviets discovered the cover-up, at that time or years later, would it really be in their best interest to announce their finding to the world and thereby further escalate the tension between the superpowers? Better in my opinion, to hold on to such a juicy morsel and use it year after year to blackmail each succeeding US administration.
Another overlooked intriguing fact is that NASA launched the TETR-A satellite just months before the first lunar mission. The proclaimed purpose was to simulate transmissions coming from the moon so that the Houston ground crews (all those employees sitting behind computer screens at Mission Control) could "rehearse" the first moon landing. In other words, though NASA claimed that the satellite crashed shortly before the first lunar mission ( a misinformation lie), its real purpose was to relay voice, fuel consumption, altitude, and telemetry data as if the transmissions were coming from an Apollo spacecraft as it neared the moon. Very few NASA employees knew the truth because they believed that the computer and television data they were receiving was the genuine article. Merely a hundred or so knew what was really going on; not tens of thousands as it might first appear.
For the USA Today writer to equate believing in this cover-up with denying the Jewish holocaust of World War II simply proves the superficiality of his investigation caused by his misdirected patriotism, or as it has been historically noted, "Zeal without knowledge." Were there only three witnesses to World War II? Of course not, yet this is the total number of witnesses to landing on the moon in 1969. Never before in history had such an historic event been without independent press coverage. Whatever sound and pictures were distributed to the public were strictly controlled and previewed by the Federal Government.
Could a fuzzy black-and-white television image be used to fool the public? Let's look at history. In the mid 1950's Time Magazine had on its cover " The Smartest Man in America" who was the latest winner on the popular TV game show The Sixty-four Thousand Dollar Question. It was later proven in a court of law that the man knew the answers in advance. Time Magazine was wrong! They were fooled just like the rest of us. In fact, in the Grand Jury investigation, it was later proven that one hundred twenty people who swore to God that they were telling the truth at the start of the investigation, in fact, lied to the Grand Jury!
What about Apollo 13? When America allegedly put humans on the moon for the second time (Apollo 12), several TV viewers telephoned the networks and complained that reruns of I Love Lucy were being interrupted. What a coincidence that the very next mission to the moon involved "life and death" jeopardy. Peoples' interest in return trips to the moon was rekindled!
What about the moon rocks? The Soviet Union never sent a manned mission to the moon, yet they have moon rocks. How did they get them? By unmanned probes and meteorites! The only time in history that an astronaut, Soviet or American, is said to have left the relative safety of Earth orbit and ventured through the Van Allen Radiation Belts, a twenty-five thousand mile thick band of intense radiation which surrounds the Earth beginning at an altitude of about one thousand miles, is going to the moon. The Soviets, with a five-to-one advantage in the early part of the space race, never once sent a human through the radiation belts to even orbit the moon.
In 1998, the Space Shuttle flew to one of its highest altitudes ever, three hundred fifty miles, hundreds of miles below merely the beginning of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Inside of their shielding, superior to that which the Apollo astronauts possessed, the shuttle astronauts reported being able to "see" the radiation with their eyes closed penetrating their shielding as well as the retinas of their closed eyes. For a dental x-ray on Earth which lasts 1/100th of a second we wear a 1/4 inch lead vest. Imagine what it would be like to endure an hour and a half of radiation that you can see with your eyes closed from hundreds of miles away with 1/8 of an inch of aluminum shielding!
After this new generation of NASA astronauts encountered this unpredicted surprise, CNN (another "uncredentialed" source) issued the following report, "The radiation belts surrounding Earth may be more dangerous for astronauts than previously believed (like when they supposedly went through them thirty years ago to reach the moon.) The phenomenon known as the 'Van Allen Belts' can spawn (newly discovered) 'Killer Electrons' that can dramatically affect the astronauts' health.
It isn't an "utterly uncredentialed journalist" who is asserting that the Apollo 1 fire of January 27, 1967 that killed what would have been the first crew to walk on the moon just days after the commander, Gus Grissom, held an unapproved press conference complaining that they were at least ten years, not two, from reaching the moon. It is the dead man's own son, who is a seasoned pilot himself, and who has in his possession forensic evidence personally retrieved from the charred spacecraft (that the government has tried to destroy on two or more occasions), who is making this accusation. Mr. Medved, have you personally retrieved evidence from the space capsule to support your theory that this credible first hand assertion is unfounded?
Anyone with the slightest open mind and truly objective thinking can conclude that when the assassin of President Kennedy was assassinated himself three days later, that something was awry. The moon landings cover-up is even grander, yet, obviously, not the first, and it is certainly not the first time, or the last, that the press at large was completely wrong.
I sent a copy of this lost footage to every United States Senator and Congress Member (five hundred thirty-five), plus the president and the current director of the General Accounting Office. I have heard back from only four. In my letter I challenge them to summon Neil Armstrong himself to testify, under oath, whether or not he actually set foot on the moon in 1969. I caution them to get ready for the shock of their life. Oddly enough, in the thirty plus years since the event, Neil Armstrong has not granted, not even once, an on camera or independent print interview. Not to CNN, not to NBC, not to CBS, not to ABC, not to Time, Life or Newsweek. It is my conviction that he refuses to be interviewed because he does not want to lie. How does the lyric go? "Ask me no question, and I'll tell you no lies."
Recently, however, I had the good fortune to show this falsified mission footage to Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Neil Armstrong's fellow crewmate. Quite startled and angry, he was most interested in how I attained this lost footage. He also threatened to sue me if I showed it publicly. Why? Because it is meaningless? If Mr. Medved is courageous, why not challenge me to a duel of the wits on his radio show for an open debate on this subject?
When rivalry among nations first reared its envious head thousands of years ago, the conquest was which civilization could build the tallest building, albeit by one story. Sound familiar? The monumental goal was never met and the project, the Tower of Babel, was abandoned in disgrace. At the dawn of the modern industrial revolution, the twentieth century, the largest single machine yet constructed by the hand of man was fashioned in 1912. It was boasted in print to be a marvel that, "God himself could not destroy." This great work of mankind, the Titanic, never even completed its first voyage. Richard Nixon was commander and chief during the reported Apollo landings on the moon. He called this historic occasion, "The greatest week since creation itself!"
I am Bart Winfield Sibrel, the writer, producer, director of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon" (moonmovie.com), a controversial documentary which questions the authenticity of the manned moon landings some thirty-three years ago. As an investigative journalist I spent five years and $500,000 researching this topic which seems, on the surface, to be completely ludicrous. Then I came upon a highly credible source, in his late seventies, who I verified worked for the space program during the 1960's. He asserted, most confidently, that the Apollo moon landings were first, impossible, and second, falsified as a Cold War tactic to bluff the Soviet Union into thinking the United States had greater capability than it really did.
I discovered that the highest ranking official at NASA resigned, without explanation, just days before the first Apollo mission. All three crew members of the first historic flight also resigned shortly thereafter. Neil Armstrong, the most famous astronaut because of supposedly being the first man on the moon, refused to even appear in a single still picture on the moon! Aside from the initial press conference immediately following the event, in which he seems very disgruntled, he has not given a single interview on the subject, in print or on camera, to anyone . . . ever! Some photography allegedly from the moon contain shadows that intersect with each other. (NASA claims that only sunlight was used and the sun always casts parallel shadows.)
In my research at NASA I uncovered, deep in the archives, one mislabeled reel from the Apollo 11, first mission, to the moon. What is on the reel and on the label are completely different. (I suspect an editor put the wrong label on the tape thirty-three years ago and no reporter ever had the motive to be as thorough as I.) It contains an hour of rare, unedited, color television footage that is dated by NASA's own atomic clock three days into the flight. Identified on camera are Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins. They are doing multiple "takes" of a single shot of the mission, from which only about ten seconds was ever broadcast. Because I have uncovered the original unedited version, mistakenly not destroyed, the photography proves to be a clever forgery! Really! IT MEANS THEY DID NOT WALK ON THE MOON! (See "Uncovered Footage Described" from the home page.)
A USA Today writer composed an article calling my assertion "impossible" without even viewing "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon" which contains the unprecedented footage, that I believe, would prove the fraud in a court of law! A friend of mine brought to my attention a human condition called, "Cognitive Dissonance." That is when someone has a long held belief rooted so deeply in their psyche that they can not see anything else, even if visible facts present themselves that prove contrary to their belief. The pride inducing moon landings can certainly cloud some people from seeing the distasteful truth. I showed this key footage to a retired military officer who believed in the moon landings. He actually walked out of my house when he saw it! (See no evil.) I was "dissing" America in his mind, even if it was true.
American military and political leaders "dissed" their own country when they falsified history by refusing to accept public defeat after John Kennedy pledged to "Put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960's." "When pride comes, then comes disgrace." (Proverbs 11:2) The government had already spent an equivalent of one hundred thirty-five billion dollars of taxpayer's money and disclosing their weakness to fulfill the boastful goal was apparently too much for their pride, or reelection chances, to endure. There was strategic advantage to the Soviet Union thinking the United States was that capable. It boosted national spirit during the Vietnam War. It made friends of friends in the government very, very rich.
Twenty years after Apollo, with much improved and superior technology than that of 1969, a mission only 1/100th as complicated, the earth orbit of a telescope (Hubble), was nearly as many years behind schedule as the entire development of the lunar landing program, and then, after five failed launch attempts, didn't even work when it arrived at its destination which was only 1/1000th the distance to the moon. In addition, it took another two years to make the necessary repairs to get it operational. Even today an unmanned space probe the size of a toaster oven requires nearly ten years to develop. In hindsight, isn't this rather odd?
At the time, with the advent of color TV's, mobile phones and microwave ovens, was perhaps our faith in the technological era overconfident? Could this belief have been taken advantage of? Could a fuzzy black-and-white television image be used to fool the public? Let's look at history. In the mid 1950's Time Magazine had on its cover "The Smartest Man in America" who was the latest winner of the popular TV game show "The Sixty-four Thousand Dollar Question". It was later proven in a court of law that the man knew the answers in advance! Time magazine was wrong! The story on the cover of their magazine was an absolute lie! The media was deceived themselves to better deceive the public! One big manipulation . . . and it was for only sixty-four thousand dollars.
This whole endeavor really pushes peoples' buttons when it comes to national pride. If questioning the integrity of our government is unpatriotic, then I am in good company, for this is precisely how our nation was founded. George Washington, the "Father" of our country, considered it a disgrace to his office to lie about the complete depravity of his army's morale, competence, resources and numbers against the attacking British army. He refused to "white wash" his dispatches to congress in order to falsely boost their pride or spirits. This kind of leadership, "I cannot tell a lie," is sorely missed in our government.
I believe that the chief motive for the cover-up was to fool the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War into thinking that the US had superior technology that did not really exist, although pride, a Vietnam war distraction and misallocation of funds made it most beneficial as well. At the dawn of the "Space Race" never before in history had two "superpowers" each possessed the missile capability of annihilating the other several times over from a location half way around the world. The Russians launched the first artificial satellite, the first man in space, the first man to orbit the earth, the first space walk, the first woman in space, the first crew of three into space, and the first of two simultaneously orbiting spacecraft. For every twenty hours the US spent in space the Soviets spent one hundred! Five times the experience and, therefore, expertise.
In 1994, our own government's watchdog agency, the General Accounting Office, reported, "The Star Wars Missile Defense System rigged tests to make it seem more advanced than it really was. The aim was to fool the Soviet Union about US strategic capability during the Cold War." How much more so was there the need in 1969 for misinformation when there was concern, now admitted irrational, that "Sputnik 3" might have nuclear missiles on it for a first strike that would put the weapons within less than ten minutes from major targets in America? If the United States could put a man on the moon . . . maybe they would back off a little bit.
Never before in history had such an historic event been without independent press coverage. There were, after all, only three first hand witnesses to each moon landing. Whatever sound and pictures were shown to the public were strictly, and completely, controlled and previewed, by the federal government before they were broadcast or distributed to the populous. They went up in the rocket for sure. They splashed down in the ocean for sure. The newly discovered footage, however, clearly proves that they stayed in earth orbit for the entire eight days of each Apollo mission. Anyone open-minded can conclude that when the assassin of President Kennedy was assassinated himself three days later, that something was awry regardless of what the appointed politicians by the powers that be told the public.
Everyone who does wrong has their reasons. While the Cold War deception of advanced "Star Wars" technology that did not exist seems irrelevant today, acknowledging to the public that the greatest achievement of the United States, and supposedly the world, was an outright fraud, regardless of the motive, is likely more than our leaders have the character to admit. George Orwell said, "Whoever controls the past, controls the future." That is why the truth must come out. As our national budget quadruples in increase every year to that of the cost of living, those in power seem helpless to stop the beast they have created. When will it end? What will it take to stop it? A revelation such as this.
Separate Astute Assessment Of Criminal Fraud america's Faked "Lunar Landings"
Professor James McCanney M.S. is a physicist who has spent decades promoting his theoretical work showing that the solar system is ever changing and is electrically active. These theories have been confirmed with space probe data and prove that there are definite Earth effects resulting from our sun's electrical activity. He has openly opposed NASA's view that outer space is electrically neutral.
McCanney was a faculty member of the Physics and Mathematics departments of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He has researched theoretical Celestial Mechanics and Plasma Physics (for the layman, these are the studies of planetary motion and electrified gases in outer space), and has presented his theories at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and American Geophysical Union.
"Few people know that while we were not going to the moon in the 70's and while nasa was tearing down and destroying the physical complex and all records of the Saturn V moon rockets and the Apollo program, the Russians were launching daily and created a knowledge of how to live in space ... today we have NO ability to go into space ..." He goes on to discuss the radiation as conclusively preclusive of the purported "Apollo Missions".
Comment from Buzz Aldrin
“Well you’re talking to the wrong guy! Why don’t you talk to the administrator at NASA? We were passengers.”
This noteworthy comment by Buzz Aldrin was made after seeing a video produced by fellow researcher Bart Sibrel.
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