Let’s play devil’s advocate and say that the moon landing was faked. What would it take in order to pull off the world’s most epic hoax?

INSH has pondered the mathematical probabilities of the moon landing being a hoax before. If clicking on links mid-article isn’t your thing, allow us to give you a brief synopsis of the findings: it’s not looking good for the folks who think the Apollo moon missions are pure fiction.

So what would it take to recreate the moon on Earth and then add astronauts and a space capsule into the mix? In order to pull off something on the scale of a faked landing on the lunar surface in the 1960s, one of the biggest hurdles would be the technological limitations. Assuming NASA was scheming the plan well in advance of the 1969 landing, they’d probably be having to make do with early 1960s equipment.

NASA would have had to spend more time and money on the required tech to make the landing look real than what it would have cost to physically go to the moon in the first place.

In today’s world, computer generated graphics are an integral part of almost every Hollywood blockbuster. Practical effects are now rarely used – but why? Because a realistic practical effect is really bloody hard to do, that’s why. Going back five decades and they wouldn’t be any easier.

Making astronauts appear to bounce-walk while exploring the moon’s surface would take groundbreaking wire work long before what is now known as “wire fu” (check out some kung fu flicks or The Matrix to see it in action)  was ever invented. For argument’s sake, let’s say that NASA figured out the intricacies of basic wire and pulley systems – there’d still be the issue of rigging the gear to bulky outfits (can we say costumes in this scenario?) and lighting it in such a way that all of the wires were completely invisible.

Let’s also argue that NASA did create practical effect magic, basic CGI software and some pretty epic costume design as well. But as we all know, NASA isn’t a small town mom & pop operation.

To create the moon landing event and make it hold up for decades as the absolute truth would involve dozens of different departments along with the man (and woman) power to staff them. Every single one of those individuals would have to be sworn to secrecy on what they did, heard or saw as it related to the landing.

And as long as the universal inhibition reducer we know as alcohol is available on this planet, the odds of anyone faking a landing and keeping quiet about it are out of this world.

Story by Jay Moon