For every major world event, there's a conspiracy theory to go along with it. Skeptics, kooks and cranks didn't wait for the dust to settle before they started speculating on the real dark forces behind the 9/11 attacks. And the same happened decades earlier when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. No sooner had Armstrong said “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" than conspiracy theorists started claiming that the moon landing was really an elaborate production staged by Stanley Kubrick and other Hollywood filmmakers. That strange line of thinking was explored in William Karel's 2002 mockumentary, Dark Side of the Moon. But despite the derision, the moon conspiracies go on today. Take this exchange for example. It comes from a May 2011 episode of the Science Fantastic podcast hosted by well-known physicist Michio Kaku. Amusingly, the clip walks you through the main claims of the moon landing conspiracy theory and the reasonable rejoinders to them. You can catch all 59 episodes of Kaku's Science Fantastic podcast here: iTunes - Web - Feed
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