Michio Kaku Schools a Moon Landing-Conspiracy Believer on His Science Fantastic Podcast

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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  • dar says:

    yeah, them thar kooks ‘n cranks:
    ‘Join 23-year archi­tect Richard Gage, AIA, in this fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary with cut­ting-edge 9/11 evi­dence from more than 50 top experts in their fields — high-rise archi­tects, struc­tur­al engi­neers, physi­cists, chem­i­cal engi­neers, fire­fight­ers, met­al­lur­gists, explo­sives experts, con­trolled demo­li­tion tech­ni­cians, and more.’

  • Neil Baker says:

    I am the caller in this pod­cast and it bewil­ders me how so many ignore that Kaku com­plete­ly evad­ed the issue that I was pre­sent­ing. In their over fifty years of alleged use, no space­suit or its nev­er-seen ice sub­li­ma­tor cool­ing sys­tem has ever been pub­licly demon­strat­ed in a radia­tive­ly-heat­ed walk-in high vac­u­um cham­ber dupli­cat­ing the pres­sure and tem­per­a­ture con­di­tions of orbit or the moon. Absurd­ly, no space­suit ice sub­li­ma­tor has ever been men­tioned in any aca­d­e­m­ic-lev­el heat trans­fer or ther­mo­dy­nam­ics book despite rep­re­sent­ing one of the most mar­velous heat trans­fer devices ever con­ceived or con­coct­ed.
    Our space pro­gram should­n’t be a faith based thing.
    NASA should be account­able.
    Dare to demand a pub­lic space­suit demo.
    We can PROVE or dis­prove the hoax.

  • Andrew Johnson says:

    To deter­mine whether it was hoaxed or not and/or to what extent, you have to exam­ine all the evi­dence. One of the key areas which peo­ple like Kaku rarely dis­cuss is *what the astro­nauts them­selves have said* Go and lis­ten to them. Watch Bart Sibrel­l’s films “Astro­nauts Gone Wild” and “A Fun­ny thing Hap­pened on the Way to the Moon”. Or, you could look at more of the evi­dence in a pre­sen­ta­tion I put togeth­er http://www.checktheevidence.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=324&Itemid=63

  • Marcelo says:


    you are doing the same thing as Kaku in the clip. he takes the dis­cus­sion to some­thing total­ly dif­fer­ent from what the caller raised, and just cre­ates a straw­man argu­ment. he comes across as a total fake. why would you be pissed at some­body from your city that has put for­ward his opin­ion and asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion? it is bizarre. why would space­suit tech­nol­o­gy from 50yrs ago be “clas­si­fied”? that’s absurd.

  • NikFromNYC says:

    Alas, crack­pots have infest­ed this thread, but I want peo­ple to strong­ly note that those who Al Gore’s mas­sive team of cli­mate alarmist call Moon land­ing deniers or flat earth­ers include those who actu­al­ly went to the damn Moon!


  • MikeR says:

    So, if I dis­cov­er evi­dence which con­tra­dicts the offi­cial sto­ry that yourr uncrit­i­cal mind accepts unques­tin­ing­ly, I must there­fore be a con­spir­acist, Dan?
    No mat­ter how bla­tant might be the decep­tion in the orig­i­nal BigSto­ry?
    Does­n’t leave me much enthu­si­asm to debate with you, lad.
    I’ll leave you to your delu­sions, thanks for the wind-up.

  • MikeR says:

    For the ben­e­fit of open-mind­ed read­ers and lat­er­al-think­ing blog­sters:
    The video makes me won­der if the great Michio Kaku has seri­ous­ly con­sid­ered the orful pos­si­bil­i­ty that the Lunatic Land­ing coukd pos­si­bly have been a hoax.
    The movie we watched in 1969 MUST have been the “back-up” video, shot on ter­res­tri­al loca­tion in Neva­da and else­where by NASA. The back-up movie woud have been intend­ed to be screened in the dread­ful case where the mis­sion failed FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.… to be screened in hon­or of NASA’s 1961 promise to JFK.
    If what we saw was the REAAL THING … then where IS the back-up video?
    It must exist: don’t try and tell us NASA failed to shoot a “just in case” stu­dio ver­sion.…

  • J Carroll says:

    Sor­ry for thread necro, but, yeah- glad I am not the only one who iden­ti­fied this right away as a faulty anal­o­gy and a snide smear to mil­lions of peo­ple around the world.

    What is wrong with this coun­try that we’ve been pro­pa­gan­dized to react uncrit­i­cal­ly “truth” is bad; left is right; and right- wrong? Even Orwell would be shocked…

  • Tex Mex! says:

    1) Kaku has noth­ing to do with any space pro­gram includ­ing Apol­lo. He is not an author­i­ty on the sub­ject. Here on a live radio show, he does a poor job of respond­ing prov­ing… what? He’s a lousy radio host.

    2) The caller asks his “ques­tions” in a very strange way, open­ing with an admis­sion that his men­tal health is an issue. And then essen­tial­ly mak­ing state­ments that it’s all fake because of rea­sons. Those rea­sons are easy to prove wrong. “you can’t find any infor­ma­tion on them”. There is tons. 250+ doc­u­ments on NASA’s web­site alone. Etc etc.

    3) The space­suit cool­ing sys­tem works by let­ting water freeze then sub­li­mate in a vac­u­um. A very nor­mal nat­ur­al phys­i­cal phe­nom­e­non. You may not be famil­iar with it, but freeze dried food is made this way. It works, 100s of videos on youtube of peo­ple freez­ing water in a vac­u­um cham­ber.

    The caller and Kaku did a lousy job here. There is noth­ing pos­i­tive for either side of the argu­ment.

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