Did Apollo 11 Astronauts Spot Aliens Hiding in Craters on the Moon?
The moon is a source of endless fun for the conspiracy theorists of the world.
While some claim that humanity has never successfully made it to the lunar surface, other truthers are convinced that, not only did Apollo 11 genuinely touch down on the moon, but that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong weren't even the only sentient beings in the vicinity during their visit to the Sea of Tranquility in 1969.
Certainly some things that were said and done while the astronauts were on the moon were suspicious. Endless theories have been generated about a moment of conveniently timed radio blackout that coincided with the pair apparently seeing some mysterious sight that Huston ordered them to turn away from and abandon.
This newest batch of discussion, though, instead comes from a time when the astronauts were in the lunar module, passing over the top of the moon, and commenting on the geography of the cratered surface below.
One exchange of dialogue has some alien truthers very excited; some people believe that it suggests that the astronauts genuinely saw living creatures hiding in the craters on the moon's surface:
COLLINS: "Boy, there must be nothing more desolate than to be inside some of these craters, these conical ones."
ARMSTRONG: "People that live in there probably never get out."
COLLINS: "Oh God, look at that Moltke (crater); he's my favorite. Look at that son of a bitch. You see all those roads—triangular roads leading right past him?"
As this conversation took place nearly 50 years ago, the exchange is nothing new, and has always been taken as a whimsical discussion of the size of craters on the moon that amounts to little more than the idle chatter of a trio of men who are making small talk while staring at some pretty scenery.
Now, though, British supermarket tabloid The Express is attempting to kick up some dust with this issue, as it claims that this is come kind of proof that the astronauts saw aliens. While the paper stops short of actually making this claim itself, it does point to some conspiracy theorists who've commented on the matter, expressing their own firm belief that Armstrong and his buddies genuinely did see creatures hiding in moon craters.
All of this might seem plausible, were The Express quoting a noteworthy expert. Instead, though, these claims apparently come from the least trustworthy source possible: the YouTube comments section.
Yes, The Express is quoting from YouTube commenters and treating it like serious news. The paper doesn't even have the decency to provide an accurate source to its quotes, so there's no way to track the video, and the comments, that are being thusly elevated.
It's worth bearing in mind that if ever a newspaper makes a claim about some mysterious, otherworldly alien visitation, if there's no direct source for the story, it probably means that things have been made up. Any publication that uses the YouTube comments section as a voice of authority clearly doesn't have anything actually relevant to say on the subject of a mystery that is now fifty years old.
This is a shame, as there are some interesting things to be discussed with regards to the events that took place during the Apollo mission. We'll likely never get a concrete answer about some of the more intriguing questions that need to be asked, especially if newspapers keep trying to pollute the discussion by deliberately misrepresenting quotes from famous astronauts for the sake of shocking a few readers.