"You had one astronaut kicking me, one punching me, all we need is one spitting on me and we'll have a good trilogy," investigative reporter Bart Sibrel told George this past Monday night. Sibrel incurred the wrath of such astronauts as Buzz Aldrin and Ed Mitchell by insisting that the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon was faked. His video "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Moon," includes footage of the Apollo mission from what he says was an undiscovered tape that had been mislabeled and subsequently came into his possession. The tape clearly shows how the missions were staged, Sibrel believes, which was done as a Cold War tactic to trick the Soviet Union into thinking the US had greater ability that it did.
Some people try to deny the holocaust Sibrel said. "There were 100 million witnesses to World War II, but there were only three witnesses to each moon mission and it was simply proven by a black and white television picture completely controlled by the federal government."
For Bart Sibrel the smoking gun of his supposition concerns a scene in the tape where one sees a picture of the Earth with the blackness of space around it. "When in fact, it's a circular window in Earth's orbit. They put a transparency over the window with the sun behind it. They turn out the lights and then pull the camera away from the window and it looks like the Earth is floating in the blackness of space as if they are approaching the moon. But we have the outtakes where an arm gets in front of the window-- you know it's either the arm of God on the window or they're faking the shot," Sibrel said.
Sibrel's controversial theory certainly riled up Coast's listeners. George announced that he had received more email during this show than any other past program he'd done, with 90% of the responses running against Sibrel's assertion. Is it because we want to believe our government wouldn't lie to us or that Bart Sibrel hadn't made his case? As George said, we leave it for you to decide.
Tonight's guest Bart Sibrel is one of a number of individuals who believes the 1969 moon landing was staged. While the debate continues on this controversial assertion, the moon itself has been the subject of a number of mysterious reports over the years. Here is a sampling:
- Unidentified Lights-- For a number of centuries strange lights have been observed coming from the moon. In the early 19th century Sir John Herschel documented lights that appeared to be moving on the moon during an eclipse. Later in 1869, The Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain conducted a three-year study of mysterious flashes when a number of sightings were noticed coming from one of the moon's craters. More recently, observations of glowing lights on our nearest neighbor have been dubbed "Transient Lunar Phenomenon" (TLP). One scientist speculated that TLP could be caused by gas escaping from fractures in the moon's craters. The lunar equivalent of the swamp gas theory?
- Anomalous Objects-- Strange photo documentations depict objects on the moon that are hard to explain. Two such objects nicknamed "The Shard," and "The Tower" by Richard Hoagland, were seen in photos snapped by the Lunar Orbiter III. Hoagland's interpretation is that the tower-like structure ascends a staggering seven miles into the air, while the glass-like shard is 1.5 miles high.
- UFOs-Reports have circulated over the years of moving crafts seen in or on the moon. For instance, it was reported in Timothy Good's book Above Top Secret that former NASA Chief of Communications Systems Maurice Chatelain said that Neil Armstrong viewed two UFOs resting on the rim of a crater. Another ex-NASA worker named Otto Binder attributed this unverified quote as coming from Neil Armstrong on that Apollo 11 mission: "These babies were huge, sir. enormous, Oh, God you wouldn't believe it! I'm telling you there are other space-craft out there lined up on the far side of the crater edge. They're on the Moon watching us."