Originally Posted by nutz4benz
Send an empty rocket up (which was what they did before ever sending any astronaut up) let it orbit 8 days,re-entry,add a dash of Hollywood magic and the rest was a cake walk .
1. Send an empty rocket up.
That's a Saturn V, largest rocket ever built in the USA, and one of the most complex mechanical devices ever built up to that time. It had an extraordinarily complex payload including 3 humans and their life support and all of the associated telemetry. Every technician, engineer, scientist and medical doctor involved with loading the astronauts and monitoring the telemetry must be in on the deception.
Also to make our conspiracy work, we must have collusion between both party's congressional delegations and presidents of 2 parties. Something in itself, a masterpiece of fictional improbability.
The news media must be in on it also since they have extremely powerful lenses focused on the rocket while it is being prepared and they witnessed and photographed, by lottery, the crew prep and loading.
An aircraft carrier full of sailors has to be in on it since they pick-up this craft on ship's radar as it comes hurtling into the atmosphere and follow it into the sea where it is picked-up by the conspirators in the helicopters and conspiratorial rescue swimmers who assist the astronauts emerge from the capsule.
Also, all of the chemists, physicists, astronomers, and geologists who studied and published research papers on the Moon samples which they reported as discernible from terrestrial.
And all of the amateur astronomers star-gazing in rapt attention, semi-orgasmic, are also conspirators.
Finally, willing collusion from the USSR, which would have to have some mind-bogglingly devious reason not to blow the whistle on the gringoes or if they were so stupid as to miss a conspiracy of that magnitude then it stuns the imagination that they were nonetheless able to defeat the German Army and rebuild their nation to world-class status in one generation.