As the 1969 moon landing moves ever further into the past, the risk of more people believing it never happened continues to grow.
In 1969, the United States won what was accurately dubbed "The Space Race" against the Soviet Union. It did so by becoming the first nation to successfully land someone on the moon. It was an iconic moment that will go down as one of the biggest in human history. However, there are an alarming number of people who believe that it never actually happened.
There are conspiracy theories about pretty much everything in the present day. However, the moon landing continues to be one of the most talked about. Space.com reports that around 5% of US citizens believe the moon landings were a hoax. That's lower than we thought, but still 5% too high for our liking. Plus, ex-NASA historian Roger Lanius points out that that figure is at risk of growing.
"As time passes and the Apollo landings are farther into the past and fewer people remember them, it might be easier to embrace these kinds of ideas," Lanius explained. Right now, there are a number of people still alive who likely witnessed the moon landing on television. It only happened 50 years ago, so anyone 55 and above who watched it on TV likely still remembers it.
However, another 50 years from now and most of those people will sadly be gone. We will eventually live in a world where no one alive will have witnessed the first time humans set foot on the moon. That will naturally allow those who believe it was all faked to thrive and recruit new non-believers. Plus, the advent of social media is allowing these people to easily spread their message.
That last point is key. There have been people who don't believe we really landed on the moon in 1969 ever since it happened. However, before we had the internet, there was no way for those few to easily spread their conspiracy theory. Now there are entire websites and social media groups dedicated to such. Those who believe in the conspiracy theory will argue that people are easily fooled. We would pose that exact same argument right back at them in regard to the people they are fooling into believing the moon landing was a hoax.