However, there are plenty of other explanations for the photo, and experts are likely to dismiss it as yet another failed attempt at proving a conspiracy.
One person claims to have discovered extraordinary new evidence that would prove the moon landing was a hoax, exciting conspiracy theorists worldwide, but there’s good reason to believe they’re going to be disappointed that this will convince the skeptics. A YouTube user has posted a photo from the Apollo 17 mission, the sixth and final mission to the moon, that he claims shows a man walking on the moon’s surface without a space suit.
The “man” is reflected in the visor of an astronaut, and while many commenters agreed that this was a smoking gun, others pointed out that it could be an astronaut who was indeed wearing a space suit, or even potentially a rock formation. Regardless, skeptics argue, the photo is nowhere near conclusive proof of a moon landing hoax.
Conspiracy theorists believe the moon landing was faked so the United States could claim victory over Russia in the Space Race. They think film that was supposedly taken on the moon was filmed in a studio, and there are telltale signs of this.
A surprisingly large segment of the population believe that the moon landing was faked.
“In a 1994 poll by The Washington Post, 9% of the respondents said that it was possible that astronauts did not go to the Moon and another 5% were unsure,” according to a Wikipedia excerpt. “A 1999 Gallup Poll found that 6% of the Americans surveyed doubted that the Moon landings happened and that 5% of those surveyed had no opinion, which roughly matches the findings of a similar 1995 Time/CNN poll. Officials of the Fox network said that such skepticism rose to about 20% after the February 2001 airing of their network’s television special, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?, seen by about 15 million viewers. This Fox special is seen as having promoted the hoax claims.”