Forty-six years ago today, Apollo 11 delivered the first humans to walk on a celestial body besides the Earth. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin each spent over two hours on the surface of the Moon gathering samples. Collecting 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of rocks that day made both men instant, worldwide heroes.
But despite the fact that we can literally shine lasers on the pieces of spacecraft we left on the Moon and see the reflections, there are those who doubt humans ever made footprints up there in the regolith.
In honor of the historic first steps on the Moon, let’s all remember what happened when film maker and conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel confronted Buzz Aldrin, demanding he swear on a Bible that he walked on the Moon.
My guess is that calling a man who literally sat atop a controlled explosion to explore the unfathomable abyss “a coward, and a liar, and a thief” had something to do with this:
The Eagle has landed.
IMAGES: BBC; CNN