NASA said last Thursday that it must have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape.
In the year 2009, nowhere on Planet Earth does there exist, nor is there the prospect of there being in the foreseeable future, the technology to transport humans to the Moon and bring them back alive.
Yet, using less computer technology than is in some of today's wrist watches, the USA did it - six times - all those years ago from 1969 to 1972.
The super-ultra-human qualities of the Apollo crews were critical factors. Normal human beings would require several feet of lead in all directions to avoid being fried by the radiation within and beyond the Van Allen Belts and on the Moon's surface : one man in a telephone kiosk would need many hundreds of tons of lead.
These adventurers, clad only in glorified tinfoil, did not suffer so much as a headache from their journeys.
We heard the clear, uninterrupted voices of the astronauts as they sat above 10,000 lb-thrust, 140-decibel rockets.
The chest-mounted cameras, without a viewfinder or artificial lighting, produced sharp, well-framed photographs on standard Kodak film which, miraculously, withstood the X-rays and the extremes of heat and cold : 250 degrees to minus 250 degrees Celsius .
Kodak, showing an unprecedented level of commercial humility, declined, for decades, to mention the Apollo events in their official company history.
Deaths of key Apollo personnel
In a television program about the hoax allegations, Fox Entertainment listed the deaths of ten astronauts and of two civilians related to the manned spaceflight program as having possibly been killed as part of a cover-up.
- Theodore Freeman (T-38 crash, 1964)
- Elliot See and Charlie Bassett (T-38 accident, 1966)
- Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (Apollo 1 fire, January 1967). His son Scott Grissom said the accident was a murder. Bill Kaysing also makes this claim., p. 41
- Edward Higgins "Ed" White (Apollo 1 fire, January 1967)
- Roger B. Chaffee (Apollo 1 fire, January 1967)
- Edward "Ed" Givens (car accident, 1967)
- Clifton "C. C." Williams (T-38 accident, October 1967)
- X-15 pilot Michael J. "Mike" Adams (the only X-15 pilot killed during the X-15 flight test program in November 1967 - not a NASA astronaut, but had flown X-15 above 50 miles).
- Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., scheduled to be an Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory pilot, who died in a jet crash in December 1967, shortly after reporting for duty to that (later canceled) program.
- NASA worker Thomas Ronald Baron (automobile collision with train, 1967 shortly after making accusations before Congress about the cause of the Apollo 1 fire, after which he was fired). Ruled as suicide. Baron was a quality control inspector who wrote a report critical of the Apollo program and was an outspoken critic after the Apollo 1 fire. Baron and his family were killed as their car was struck by a train at a train crossing.
- Brian Welch, a leading official in NASA's Public Affairs Office, died a few months after appearing in the media to debunk the Fox pro-Moon hoax television show cited above.
All but one of the astronaut deaths were directly related to their job with NASA or the Air Force.