NASA landed the first man on the Moon 50 years ago this month on July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 mission saw astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins fly to the Moon and back. But half-a-century later, conspiracists still doubt NASA with one-in-10 Americans accusing the space agency of faking the Moon landing. A new poll conducted ahead of the 50th Apollo 11 anniversary has found the highest number of these so-called truthers fall within the millennial age bracket.
According to the survey by SatelliteInternet.com, the number of people who doubt the Moon landing has risen in the last 20 years.
In 1999, a Gallup poll found only six percent of Americans doubted the official NASA story.
The most recent survey, however, has found 10 percent of Americans do not believe the Moon landing was real.
Of those who doubt the 1969 Moon landing, 18 percent are millennials and “Gen Zers” aged 18 to 34.
Rebecca Lee Armstrong, of SatelliteInternet.com, said in a report: “Survey results showed that more Moon landing conspiracists pop up with every new generation.
“Millennials and Gen Zers between the ages of 18 and 34 are six times more likely to believe that NASA pulled the biggest con of the twentieth century than people who were actually around for the first Moon landing are.
“Younger participants were also more likely to identify as flat-Earthers, but that’s more of a global problem.”
Those aged 35 to 54 only account for about eight percent of Moon landing deniers.
Another three percent of those who deny the Moon landing are aged 54 or older.
According to the survey, those who witnessed the Moon landing unfold live on television were least likely to question the event.
And, quite shockingly, about 75 percent of Moon landing conspiracists also believe aliens have visited our planet.
Of those who deny the Moon landing ever happened, 41 percent think the US flag “waving” on the Moon was a dead giveaway – a hoax conspiracy widely debunked by scientists.
Also, 98 percent of Moon landing deniers fear the Government spies on its citizens through technology.
And 51 percent of Moon landing conspiracists are also convinced NASA never landed a robotic rover on Mars.
There are, however, those who believe NASA did land on the Moon but not on July 20, 1969.
Around 53 percent of those who think the Apollo 11 mission was faked, said humans touched down on the Moon at a later date.
To all the people questioning the Moon landing, NASA has only said: “Apollo: Yes, We Did.”