Illustration: Seth Thompson

The Moon Landing Hoax Theory Started as a Joke

How a freelance writer sowed doubts about the Apollo mission — now 50 years old — laying the groundwork for 9/11 truthers, birtherism, Pizzagate, and QAnon

Darryn King
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15 min readJul 18, 2019

InIn December 1969, NASA’s public affairs chief, Julian Scheer, made a presentation to a group of aviation experts gathered in…