The Wednesday Wondering – Moon Landings and Being Alone

This Saturday (July 20th) will see the 45th anniversary since man landed on the moon. I was born in 1972 so this is something that I personally didn’t experience but I completely appreciate the huge impact this historic event had.

But did it really happen?

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Ooh, controversial! My dad is quite fascinated by science and space and recalls watching the event unfold on a black and white TV like so many other people around the world and he’d have never, ever questioned that it happened. Then he saw a documentary about it and it made him seriously question something he’d accepted for most of his life.

According to Stanley Kubrik’s widow, the late great film director himself directed the moonlandings from a studio in Borehamwood, London! Conspiracy theories site both rationale for the landings (winning the Space Race in the Cold War, distraction from the Vietnam War and funding issues) and reasons to doubt it (far too many to list here) and, to be honest, these have been demonstrated extremely compellingly in various documentaries on the subject. If you’re unfamiliar with these conspiracy theories, Google it! There’s a mass of information there.

Do I believe man landed on the moon? Honestly? I’m not sure. I’d like to think they did but the conspiracy theory information and this documentary I watched were so unbelievably convincing. I guess that’s the point, though.

This week I’ve asked a two-part question. The first part is:

Did man really land on the moon or was it a huge hoax in the studio?

My second part of the question sticks with the space theme and is:

Are we alone? Have you ever had a close encounter or know anyone who has? Do you think there are other beings out there? Are they amongst us today?

When I was younger, I went to Girl Guides. My mum would drop me off and pick me up. One day she was late and I started to worry as she was never late (these were the days way before mobiles, of course). She finally pulled up all flustered and the reason for being late was that she’d just been coming out of the house to get in the car when something caught her eye; a UFO hovering over the field opposite our house. It then shot off at speed. My mum doesn’t believe in stuff like that. Well, she didn’t until that day.

I personally believe that, in a universe of our size (much of which is still unexplored), we cannot possibly be alone. I don’t think there are little green men out there but I do think there are other beings; perhaps like us, perhaps different. I believe they’ve been to earth. They may even be among us still. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert on this and haven’t researched it all but there’s a logical side of me that says that some of the things that have happened in the past e.g. the building of the pyramids to name an obvious one, have had intervention from more advanced beings. I think time travel has happened and is possibly still happening. But then my head hurts when I think of what this means so I’ll stop thinking and hand over to the other Write Romantics:

 

P1050370Alys says …

I like to think the moon landings actually happened. I’ve heard Buzz Aldrin talk about it in interviews and he sounds absolutely genuine. But I’ve not seen the documentary so I’ve not got that to compare it to. If it was a huge hoax then they’ve done a great job with Buzz because he sounds completely convincing. As to whether I believe in aliens, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t rule it out. The universe is larger than I can possibly imagine so I guess it’s not impossible that other life forms evolved on other planets. I have met someone who believed passionately in aliens but I have to say I didn’t find his theories particularly convincing.

 

Deirdre says …

I remember it well and it was such an exciting time. We marvelled at it and at the same time we were perhaps a little frightened by it, as we were by the earlier missions that were part of the ‘space race’ between the USA and Russia to land a man on the moon, one of which was the fated Apollo 1 expedition in which three astronauts died.

I don’t recall exactly which expedition it was but some time before the moon landing, I remember my mother waking me up in the early hours to tell me that a particular astronaut had returned safely to earth. I hadn’t known she was that interested but she seemed so moved by it and I realised then what an impact space exploration could have on ordinary people.

The moon landing was phenomenal and no, I never doubted it happened for a minute, and I wasn’t aware that anyone else did either. In the aftermath the names Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on everyone’s lips. At the time I used to go to a Friday night disco at the polytechnic and the film of the moon landing was played on a big screen throughout the evening.

Is there anybody out there? I don’t think so. I believe Earth is unique in that respect, but I also believe that there’s a lot more to life and the universe than ordinary humans will ever know, and that’s probably how it should be.

 

P1050377Helen P says …

I’d like to think that there was a man on the moon and that back then they did something amazing. Altogether there have been twelve men who have supposedly walked on the moon but none since 1972, which with all the advances in technology makes me ask why haven’t they sent a team up lately?

I haven’t had any close encounters of the third kind but I know a couple of people who swear that they have. I’m not sure about this, I don’t think we’re alone and my favourite all time film is Aliens so if there is something out there I just hope they don’t have acid for blood and a penchant for killing everything in sight.

 

Helen R says …

I think that man did land on the moon, yes … but then again, I believed my husband was attacked by a shark when he showed me the scar on  his arm (caused by a machine, not some ocean adventure!)

As for aliens, I am a down to earth person and don’t tend to question what’s going on around us, just accept it as it is. I think that classes me as a realist, but I’m sure lots of people think differently 🙂

 

P1050374Jay says …

Yes, I think man did land on the moon and what’s more I have always been jealous that this was the event that marked the year of my sister’s birth, whilst I got decimalisation… She got the looks too, some things in life just aren’t fair!

I think there must be life out there, although I haven’t had any personal experience of anything alien-related. I’m not sure I believe in little green men who pop down and abduct us for experimentation, but when I think about the universe and the fact that no-one knows where it ends, it hurts my head. So we can’t be the only ones, can we?

 

Lynne says …

Close encounters are a bit of a thing with me; see my Hallowe’en post last year. I could talk for England on ghosts but that’s not quite what’s meant here. I watched the moon walkers land on the moon so yes, I believe it. I don’t know that there are alien species walking amongst us but I’m pretty sure there are ghosts so I guess expect the unexpected!

 

P1050375Rachael says …

I have never questioned if man did land on the moon, but you’ve set doubts in my mind now. It does seem so improbable, so completely impossible. As for are we alone, I’m going to sit on the fence here, having never had any kind of close encounter. I don’t especially want one either!

 

Over to you. We’d love to hear your thoughts and, even better, any alien encounters you may have had! …

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10 thoughts on “The Wednesday Wondering – Moon Landings and Being Alone

  1. I agree with Rachael, I don’t particularly want a close encounter either! Great post, though, and now you’ve got me questioning whether man really did walk on the moon… I’ll have to look out that documentary xx

  2. Hi Helen. It seems you can’t be of the opinion that man didn’t land on the moon without being ridiculed and intimidated. I, like yourself, am not sure but I find the timings of the moon landing suspicious ( the space race with the Russians – everything in America at that time was about Communism and how bad it was – and how they HAD to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade.) ‘Google’ Van Allen Radiation Belt ( apparently this is one of the reasons why the Russians and the Chinese and other countries haven’t put a man on the moon.)

  3. Hmm, interesting blog and great to get us all thinking.

    Space fascinates me. Experiencing zero gravity is on my less-likely-to-achieve bucket list and I love watching the International Space Station pass overhead. I also must confess to a rather serious fondness for Star Trek. I’ve even been to a convention!

    I saw a conspiracy documentary about the moon landings a few years back. I’ve also visited Kennedy Space Centre and walked along the gantry the astronauts from that era walked on to get into their rocket. I experienced a real sense of history as I was standing there.

    My conclusion is that the moon landings did happen. Someone directly involved in a hoax like that would have spilled the beans by now. They did do some filming I believe beforehand for training, and of course there have been numerous films made since.

    I too feel a little sad though that they discontinued the program although I imagine funding was rather difficult to get once they’d won the space race. I was also a bit sad when they stopped the Space Shuttle program.

    As far as aliens go, well as much as I love Star Trek, I don’t believe there are aliens out there somewhere. I believe in the infinite beauty and variety of space but I also believe we are unique. There might be some microbes/bacteria etc out there, but no intelligent lifeforms.

    • Thanks for visiting rambleygirl. I’m glad you’ve seen the documentary and it has made you question things even if your conclusion is that it did happen. I asked the question to explore something completely different and it’s been fascinating to read everyone’s take on the subject. Thanks for sharing yours 🙂

  4. I saw that documentary. It was very convincing! I know a lot of people who are certain that the moon landing was faked but that would make so many people liars and rely on their silence…I hope it really happened but who knows? Maybe a trip to the moon to look for the flag? I find it very hard to believe that Earth is the only planet with life on it, though what form life takes on other planets is anyone’s guess. Not in any particular hurry to meet an alien…unless it’s a friendly Timelord of course! 😉

    • Ha ha ha! I knew Dr Who would make an appearance somewhere! It was convincing wasn’t it? And it’s something I’d never ever have questioned had I not watched it. I too would like to think it really happened because that is such an epic lie and the idea of so many being involved in a lie so huge blows my mind! But that documentary was convincing ….!!!

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