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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reveals the moon landing photo was 'well-staged' in unseen Apollo 11 footage
There have been many conspiracy theories regarding the iconic moon landing or Apollo 11 moon mission. In a 2016 interview, astronaut Buzz Aldrin revealed one big fact surrounding the famous moon landing image.
The Apollo 11 mission is famous for not only being the first-ever successful attempt at making it to the moon, but it also marked the United States winning the space race against Russia at the time. However, what people know about that famous landing image may not be what it seems. Express reports that in an unseen 2016 interview with Professor Brian Cox, astronaut Buzz Aldrin reveals that the astronaut who is seen planting the US flag on the moon is actually of him and not of fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, as Armstrong was the one who took the photo.
Aldrin recalled the photo in the interview and said that Armstrong was “such an excellent photographer.” Further recalling that very significant moment, Aldrin shared, “I was walking along like this, and he said ‘hey, stop’ so I looked at him and he took the picture right away. You can identify that I was still moving a little bit, but people ask me about it because it’s so well staged.”
Further pointing out the details of the photo, such as the reflection of the lunar lander Eagle, Aldrin said that they called it the “visor photo” as the reflection of the visor showed the lander as well as Armstrong. He then revealed why he thinks the photo was so popular, and it was the location. Aldrin also revealed how the Apollo 11 crew felt the pressure of being able to make it on the moon and ultimately decided that Armstrong become the first man on the moon.
Meanwhile, conspiracy theories have since surfaced regarding that very day in 1969, and Express also reports that Professor Cox shared his thoughts regarding these conspiracy theories back in 2008 during the filming of “What on Earth is Wrong with Gravity?” series on BBC. Cox was in disbelief at first but then went on a rant regarding these claims that the moon landing was an elaborate setup by NASA.
“The moon landings happened and it’s nonsensical to claim otherwise,” said Cox. “It’s like saying America was never discovered, well yes it was.”