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55 years later: A look back at Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on moon. It was a landmark moment and has since led to many such expeditions. But there were many who thought it was all a hoax; that it was simply some studio job done in the States. A look back.

brunch Updated: Jul 19, 2014 17:29 IST
Indra Shekhar Singh
Indra Shekhar Singh
Hindustan Times
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Once upon a time, we had a lunatic dream: a journey to the moon. We were told life descended from the heavens and on July 20, 1969, we dared to reach out to them. The obsession of countless millions over the ages led to this moment. The landing of The Eagle consummated this dream.

Apollo 11 redefined us as a race. It made us dream higher and made the sacrifices of unknown thousands bear fruit. Fifty five years after the first lunar landing, we still have many more frontiers to explore and conquer.

Okay, y'all, let's not let the baker praise his bread. A whole lot of folks don't believe man ever reached the moon - unless it's in some studio somewhere in the States.

According to our secret sources (well, the Internet), 20 per cent of America calls the whole thing a hoax. Their reasons? Our moon, for starters has no wind, so you've got to be on drugs to believe the American flag is waving. Also, how come there are no stars in the moon photos? And the final part of the conspiracy theory: how did the Eagle (a lunar module) manage to escape the moon's gravity? Did it have enough fuel? And where was the blast crater on the moon after the lift-off?

Like we said, it's a loony affair.

From HT Brunch, July 20

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First Published: Jul 19, 2014 11:25 IST