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Steph Curry Says He Believes the Moon Landing Was a Hoax

Steph Curry went on the Winning It podcast, hosted by Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore and Annie Finberg and said he thinks we faked the moon landing. According to The New York Times, Curry brought up the topic, and everyone on the show agreed the moon landing was a hoax.

“We ever been to the moon?” he asked.

The others, in unison, agreed that the answer was no.

“They’re going to come get us,” Curry replied. “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”

Finberg expressed some skepticism, asking Curry to clarify, and he said he did not believe the United States had landed on the moon, leading to a short discussion of some of the more popular conspiracy theories, including one asserting that the film director Stanley Kubrick had staged the entire thing.

The faking of the moon landing is one of the more believable conspiracy theories. While a lot of NBA players apparently believe the Earth is flat, anyone who ties a camera and a GPS to a helium balloon can see pictures of the curvature of the Earth.

The moon landing, however, is a little trickier. Like a dystopian science fiction novel, we can’t actually replicate the technology we used to get to the moon today; another manned lunar mission would essentially require rebuilding the Apollo project from the drawing board. The Van Allen radiation belt also provides a challenge, one that was mostly overcome by good navigation. But the combination of the difficulty of a moon landing and our current inability to reproduce it makes the conspiracy that we never landed on the moon more appealing.

But there’s actual physical proof we landed on the moon. We can’t see the flags or the lunar landers from Earth, but there is a way to prove that man-made objects exist on the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts set up a retroreflector on the surface of the moon which will reflect any light that hits it back in the direction it originated in. You can actually shoot a laser beam at the moon and have i bounce back. This not only shows that the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, but since the speed of light is constant, by measuring the time it takes for the laser to return to Earth from the moon, we can calculate the exact distance of the moon from the Earth. That distance isn’t constant, though, and varies from 225,623 miles to 252,088 miles away, though it gets a little farther away (about an inch and a half) every year. Which we know because we can measure it, thanks to the Apollo astronauts.

Of course, there’s speculation Curry actually knows this, and in addition to NASA inviting Curry to see proof of the moon landing, Houston Rockets GM tweaked Curry over the statement on Twitter.

When you put it like that, it seems highly unlikely the moon landing even could have been faked, logistically. This is where most conspiracy theories fall apart; they rely on the silence of too many people to ever be true.

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Umm, have you even looked at the evidence or science behind saying it was faked? Conspiracy theory is a term coined to get people to not use critical thinking. Simply put, all of the so called proof of the moon landing could be easily faked. Among many other things such as the destruction of tons of photographs, no man can go through the radiation belt around the Earth. Rocks can be faked and not verified to come from the moon. People laugh it off like they laugh off flat-Earth, but they don’t even spend two seconds looking at the reason… Read more »

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You believe that there’s really an NBA? It’s obviously a fiction invented by the TV networks to get people to watch them.

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