Apollo 18: Secret Moon Mission Conspiracy Theories
By Gene Byrd
Sep 4, 2011
Apollo 18 is in theaters, and the film has already sparked several new conspiracy theories aimed at NASA and the US Government's secrecy.
"Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon," reads the movie's official tagline.
According to Space.Com, "the studio has been pushing the "reality" aspect of the film, going so far as to offer up a "famous scientist and researcher of UFO phenomena," Stanton Friedman, for interviews."
In real life (or so the US Government would have you believe) Apollo 18, along with 19 and 20, was canceled — Apollo 17 was NASA's final lunar mission.
Friedman said in press materials, "People ask why was there no Apollo 18 mission...I ask, what happened to Apollo 18 and Apollo 19? They were both paid for and astronauts were trained. What happened to these missions?"
So - is there any chance a division of government could have blasted a rocket into space without knowledge of media or the US citizens?
The film is counting on you believing it.
A Department of Defense spokesperson says don't look to them to blame.
They took part in no Apollo 18 mission.
DoD spokeswoman April Cunningham wrote in an email to Fox News, "The Department of Defense has not launched a manned mission to space."
More details on the conspiracy theories here from Space.Com.
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