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Monday, 20 July 2009

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Apollo 11 heads for the moon....or does it?

Fed up with the proliferation of Moon Landing Hoax web sites over the recent years, NASA have finally stepped forward to dispel the hoaxers once and for all, with a real legitimate rocket scientist, Anne Gree, head of the Public Perception of Science at NASA.

At a press conference with the leading sceptics, she took questions from the floor.

"How do you explain the lack of stars?" asked Dick Dufus of MoonLandingHoax.web.

"It was daytime, you moron," she replied. "You can't see the stars in daytime. How thick are you?"

"Yeah, but what about the wobbly flag?" Dufus continued, slightly taken aback by Gree's outburst.

"Look, you must be really stupid," she launched back. "There was an aluminum wire running along the top, when they knocked it into the ground, it set it wobbling and cos there is no atmosphere to speak of on the moon, it wobbled for longer. Duh. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work that out."

"And the odd shadows in several pictures, explain that then!" said Dufus, with triumph.

"The ground is uneven," Gree sighed. "I mean for God sakes...you don't spend this long pouring over your holiday snaps, do you?"

"And the lighting?" Dufus came back immediately, "It shows the sun in different positions, and there are odd reflections, and in some cases, people in shadow can be clearly seen!"

"Look I've had enough of this," said Gree. "Basic high school physics and photography would let you explain these things as reflections. We sent quite shiny things to the moon. You know...shiny...oooh."

Gree turned to a screen behind her. "Look the best evidence I can show you is a live feed from Hubble. Especially for today, NASA has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in honour of the moon landing to look at the original site of Apollo 11."

The screen flickered and the moon could be seen coming into view, large and grey. The camera zoomed in on Tranquillity Base, the image getting clearer. The lunar module could be seen with increasing clarity. The sceptics in the room were beginning to lose their doubt, realising that the most iconic moment in human history had actually happened.

There was a hush in the room.

Until Dufus said, "Hang on...why is there a deckchair next to the flag?"

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