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Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

The Denier

There was once in a village a man who proudly and fiercely denied the existence of God. One day and angel appeared to him in town and asked what it would take for him to believe. The atheist said, "My home porch light is plain whit. Change it now to green and I will believe."

"That's all?"

"Yes, that's all."

So the angel said "Okay; it's done."

The atheist smiled and confidently walked home. He was a bit startled to see that his porch light was now blazing green as a Christmas light, but chuckled to himself.

The next day, he met the same man (angel) in town and laughed, "Hah! You obviously have a co-conspirator who raced to my house and changed the bulb! Today, I have hired a fast horse to carry me home, faster than any man could run! Make my porch light RED and I will believe."

"No problem," said the angel. "It's done."

The unbeliever jumped on his horse and raced home; sure enough, there his porch light was bright red like a cherry on fire! He thought and thought, and finally concluded that the impostor was in collusion with his wife! So the next day, he made her come with him to town with him. When he was through with his business, he once again ran into the "angel".

"Hah! You fool! You have conspired with my wife to try to deceive me! But now she is with me, I still have the horse, and there will be no trickery. I will write down on this paper the color I want the light to be, YOU and my wife will both follow me on horses I have rented, and THEN we will put an end to this nonsense!"

So he scribbled a color on the paper neither his wife nor the angel could see, folded it up and put it in his boot. Then they all mounted and rode out to the man's house. There, the porch light was glowing a beautiful blue!  He reached in his boot, looked at the paper, and dropped it to the ground. His wife picked it up and "blue" is just what the man wrote! He staggered into his house and his wife turned to the angel and said "Well, he must believe, now!"

About a week later, the wife came to town looking for the angel. She found him walking in a park and hurried up to him.

"Well," he said, "hello! Does your husband yet believe?"

"Alas, no! And it is driving him crazy trying to figure out how you did that! I have no problem with it. I have always been a believer. But there is no peace in our house! Please, sir, for the sake of his sanity, WOULD YOU PLEASE GO AND LIE TO HIM?  Tell him it was all a hoax, and all will be well!"

Of course, the angel could not: the truth is the truth, and the non-believer died in his insanity.

Martin Bishop
Martin Bishop

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain

Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins

NASA did not have the system of docking in those days. Now, all you so call believers in the moon landing go figure. Forget the footprints and flag waving how about the thousands of miles through the inner and outer radiation belt. We are forbidden to even go in the area of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Where those reactors ruptured and are now covered under mounds of cement. But, in the moon landing days they traveled through all that radiation unharmed. HA!!!! 

Fred Mullins
Fred Mullins

If the landings were faked, what was the motivation? We certainly didn't gain  resources or territory. Sadly, too many people seem to be unable to derive truth from the evidence. To quote a friend of mine - "Don't bother me with the facts; I already know what I believe." The landings did happen and I'm proud to be from the country that achieved them.

Mel Goldstein
Mel Goldstein

Reading this drivel makes me think that the majority of commentators are life members of the Flat Earth Society. Come on people, the expose would be worth millions. Too much facts out there to believe in the theoris of the hairbrained who believe it was a hoax. I suppose their education was as well. Save us from the crazies and their footprint and flag theories.. 

Mel Goldstein
Mel Goldstein

Sounds like we have heard from the entire membership of the Flat Earth

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Simple confirmation for that is needed  "send men to the moon with today

technology".

Is it possible or not?

Berndt Tötterman
Berndt Tötterman

Remember what Pres. Lincoln did say, and what Pres. Kennedy later did quote: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time" Don't you think someone would have told the "truth" by now? It is the same about The Bible, no lie will last 2.000 years. 


In the honor of the brave men who DID travel to the Moon we could at least believe that it is true, because it is. Why they went there is another thing, but they DID!

Lumyai Williams
Lumyai Williams

Apparently, Marvin Zeichner hasn't read the rest of this article, which adequately explains his arguement so about footprints and why stars don't appear

Marvin Zeichner
Marvin Zeichner

Another hoax perpetrated by the Government. The shot of the Earth as viewed from the Moon is too small. It would appear huge, since the Earth is so much larger than the Moon. As for the space suits, which back pack is supposed to maintain pressure, supply oxygen, heat and cooling? What about the footprints the astronauts made? (not possible without moisture. and where are the stars in the Lunar sky?

Stephen Cox
Stephen Cox

its was just to us think we had beet the russians

Ajay Verma
Ajay Verma

Please note that the shoes of this astronaut are torn caps...???


If the space is real, and he is in space and wearing a fully covered space suit on the moon land, so why the shoes are torn, when the air pressure is harder on the land of moon, and man needs to wear a space suit to save him/ her from high pressure of atmosphere of moon...??


He may be destroyed in a single moment in this atmosphere where air pressure is higher and shoes are torn, that cannot save anyone in entering air from the shoes..??

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Why NG is answering the obvious questions which no one asked ?

Jer Anel
Jer Anel

the flag can still be seen on the moon with high powered telescopes. so obviously someone put it there. and with all the people that would have had to be in on this hoax….and 9/11 for that matter, why do NONE ever come forward? You would think that there would be at least one person to come forward. 

Black Clay
Black Clay

I am not a believer or disbeliever more like an investigator in the middle waiting for the HA moment from the side with hard evidence and speaking of which......Where are those VLT high res pics form Chile??? Come on national geographic do a special or some thing on this one would be great ratings. Also the speed needed to pass safely in roughly an hour receiving a supposed 11.4 rads through the van Allen belt is 25000 km/h one way and perfectly along a thin window, which according to nasa actually happened, but only upon leaving our gravitational pull and using additional equipment not accessible or needed when leaving the moons low gravity and in the Apollo missions nasa reported that upon re entry in our atmosphere we were moving half that speed peeking at around 59m/s^2 which is around 12400 km/h not to mention they were constantly slowing down. Now adjusting the time and rads how come the guys only registered 2 rads for the whole trip, confusing, yes. And why wasn't the footage protected archived copied ext this is one of the most monumental moments in human history come on guys. look I'm not going to pick a side because I don't know but these are just some questions I'm sure one of you guys can answer... Right.

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Just a thought ... No one helped the astronauts when they walked out from the helicopter 'walk-on role ' ! why is that and is it possible after their long trip to the moon?

Blair Kelly
Blair Kelly

Hmmmm...Just a thought... but why is there no shadow for the flag and pole? There seems to be a shadow for everything else!

Nothonel Mankhin
Nothonel Mankhin

Lunar atmosphere is generally considered as vacuum. Helium- 2,000 to 40,000 Atoms per cm3. Argon- 40,000 atom/cm3. Sodium- 70 atom/cm3. potassium- 17 atom/cm3. Hydrogen- 17 or fewer atom/cm3. Question is how to the eagle lift off Lunar gravity without exploration center ?  According to Newton's 3rd Motion law, every action has a equal reaction. when Eagle started its action what reaction happened ? Without heavy gases like air no air-craft can fly. It would be believable if the exploration center were on Moon. NASA didn't revealed the departure video, why ? !!! ??? Might be they didn't do that.

Ronald Wieck
Ronald Wieck

The reason that moon-landing deniers and 9/11 twoofers compete for the title of Dumbest Humans on the Planet is that they are the same group of agenda-driven morons.

Christopher Landry
Christopher Landry

People you need to understand you can throw as much proof that the moon landing was faked and maybe it was...but if it was the government will never owe up to it being faked so in end what is done is done...leave it be...

cool cool
cool cool

It's funny.  Hoaxers say there's "atmosphere" that caused the flag to wave, but then contradict themselves and say there's no atmosphere because the footprint is too fine (at least I took it that way, where surely the moon dust would not settle perfectly but move around once they lift their legs).

Only question I would have if I were to believe this was a hoax is that, the Eagle, even though this was in the 60s, looks like it was made from popsicle sticks, tin foil, and some tape.  I mean, c'mon, it's Nasa.  Surely they could have built something that at least looks like it would survive re-entry into earth.

Timo E.
Timo E.

Maybe you land on the moon but these photos... I can´t believe them, sorry. You, professional photographers from NG knows how it is difficult to make a photo in hard conditions like shadows (dynamic range, ISO, F, ...) even if you have the most expensive camera from 21th century and wearing no spacesuit.

Robert sorry for grammer, I am from Slovakia (the most unknown land in the USA)

marg port
marg port

America and Russia were in the middle of the Cold War. Both terrified of the other, and determined to prove their superiority. The moon landing was the ultimate goal. Whoever got there first won! They started out firing rockets, then they achieved orbit in an empty rocket, then they sent up monkeys, dogs, etc, and eventually a man or two. All of a sudden they were landing on the moon. I suppose they could repeat the performance but modern opponents to the American system would not be as impressed by such a performance. They were also developing nuclear weapons thinking that the country that had the biggest and the most would be the safest. Bit like school bully thinking, really.

Vini Almeida
Vini Almeida

@Fred Mullins  What was the motivation? The motivation was to get recognition from the world and to pass an image of power, you know, Americans love to do this. And also to get more Americans like you, "proud to be from the only country that achieved it".

Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

@Husam Al-Zaher  Absolutely. But, even if it were done, you would still have deniers. Many people simply have ideological--even religious, reasons NOT to believe. Rational thought, evidence, experience, eyewitness testimony, none of these, singly or concomitantly are enough to convince. If a person does not WANT to believe, chances are they never will.

Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

@Husam Al-Zaher  Absolutely. But, even if it were done, you would still have deniers. Many people simply have ideological--even religious, reasons NOT to believe. Rational thought, evidence, experience, eyewitness testimony, none of these, singly or concomitantly are enough to convince. If a person does not WANT to believe, chances are they never will.

Black Clay
Black Clay

Please show me a link to these photos of the flag and don't send me to the questionable shadow long distance pics form the lunar orbit please. Show me the ones from our high powered telescopes I would love to see them.

Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

@Black Clay  No. It's not possible to provide irrefutable proof of the landing. It was a series of singular events (so far ) in history for which the only evidence that exists comes from the men who were actually there. Those twelve people provide the only eyewitness testimony to the fact. Scientific "evidence" or proof is that which can be reproduced, predicted, analyzed under a microscope, etc. You can repeat the experiments again and again, and if the idea or theory or whatever is true, you will get the same results every time (Ivory soap floats; this is a scientific fact. ANYONE can go to any store and perform the experiment: take the wrapper off and put it in a basin of water. Voila! It floats! QED. A person who would deny what is before his eyes at this point would have to be mentally ill, there's no other explanation).

However, this is an historical event which has been, thus far, experienced only by a few. It will probably only be thus because of the expense involved. We tend to take a more "legal" road of proof in cases like this: what did the people see, do, experience, etc., who were there? How about the thousands, perhaps millions of pages of technical data pertaining, not just to what they found, but to the development of the program, the experiments, the engineering, the calculus/mathematics, all the preliminary "stuff" that needed to be nailed down before the missions were undertaken. There's the testimony of the tens of thousands of people who worked at mission control, Houston, Cape Canaveral, Huntsville, the Navy, etc. It has been 22 years since the last moon landing, and not one single person associated with it has "confessed" to it being a hoax.

Finally, please remember that we are not talking about a one-time event. There were SIX manned flights to the moon's surface (seven if you count the failed Apollo 13 mission). So one would have to completely discount the eyewitness testimony of not one or two, but TWELVE men who walked (and rode around) on the moon, plus the six others who landed, but could not leave the capsule. 

It's called the "preponderance of evidence", the weight of which is so great that no reasonable person could possibly deny that it happened. But then, many still do...   

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Brian Hahn  The article you have posted is listed as satire.  It's a Joke you dolt!


Mare Imbrium is a crater on the moon 1,145 km (711 mi) in diameter.  Are we to believe China has in a few days searched approximately 400,000 square miles with a small lawn mower sized solar powered rover?  The area is larger than Texas.  


China spoted Apollo evidence with Chang'e-2 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2012-02/06/c_131393210.htm

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Husam Al-Zaher Because they were only gone for a week.  You are thinking of people in space for 6-12 months.


Shuttle astronauts never needed help after a week or 2 did they?  

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Nothonel Mankhin  Rockets (ALL ROCKETS, NOT JUST APOLLO) push their exhaust behind them.  Exhaust goes one way, rocket ship the other.  Action, reaction.


Why was there no crater?   Half the ship was left behind.  Ehaust gases hit that, not the surface


"NASA didn't revealed the departure video"  It was on live TV.  It's on NASA website now. Are you nuts?  Just google it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOdzhQS_MMw

J PEREZ
J PEREZ

@cool cool They used the module to enter earth not the eagle, the module was orbiting the moon and the eagle  landed on the moon two different space craft.

J PEREZ
J PEREZ

@cool cool The eagle is what they use to land on the moon it was attach to the module which was orbiting the moon after they took off from the moons surface they met up with the module and that's what they used to enter back into the earths atmosphere.

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Timo E. Nope.  I am a professional photographer.  The moon is an easy place to photograph (aside from getting there)  The light is constant, nothing to adapt to.  They planed the photographs and practiced for YEARS.   

Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

@Virginia Dare @Fred Mullins  Well, the space program did make Teflon, Tang, and Velcro popular, but your "money" drone falls flat otherwise, because faking the program would cause such unfathomable, untold, catastrophic consequences for EVERYONE involved-- Boeing, Lockheed, DuPont, OUR WHOLE COUNTRY, etc. etc., ad infinitum-- if it were discovered that it could not possibly be worth the risk! Besides, "Three people can keep a secret--if two of them are dead" (B. Franklin), so how long do you think this "hoax" could have lasted with the THOUSANDS of people involved in it?

Jon Hilderbrand
Jon Hilderbrand

@Vini Almeida @Fred Mullins  Weak motive. And jingoistic. On your part, not Mullins'.  I am an American, and I do not "love to do this". They landed on the moon, picked up some rocks and dirt, and came back. So what? As thrilling as I think it was, I think the money could have been better spent on eliminating poverty and supporting social services and such, but I was only 9 when it happened and no one asked me.  [:(

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