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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