NASA footage showing an astronaut stumble, but not fall, on the Moon has been put forward as evidence the lunar landings were filmed in a studio.
Scottish YouTube researcher Streetcap1 appears determined to prove the popular conspiracy theory that we have never made it to the Moon, by scouring through NASA archives looking for anomalies.
In the latest clip he suggests that if an astronaut in a heavy backpack lost his footing on the Moon, he would still tumble over, despite the much lower gravity on the lunar surface to that on Earth.
In a video entitled “Apollo 17 Footage: Astronaut: How did he stay Upright?”, he posed just that question.
The video shows one of the astronauts buckle at the knees and start to fall backwards, before correcting himself and not toppling over.
Streetcap1 added in the video description: “Look at this, he stumbles, both legs together, huge backpack, bulky spacesuit, how on Moon did he not topple?
“His centre of gravity had gone. The strength of gravity has no bearing on losing your centre of gravity, you would still lose your balance. Basic Physics.”
The 48th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface took place in July, but many conspiracy theorists across the globe remain convinced it was the biggest cover up of all time.Moon hoax conspiracy theorists say a desperate President John F Kennedy, who wanted to beat the Russians in the space race to the moon, ordered the production of a series of films in top-secret studios to make it look like NASA astronauts made it to the lunar surface.At the heart of the theory are claims that the radioactive Van Allen belt around Earth would have been lethal to fly through.Some viewers of Streetcap1’s new video seemed to think he had shown the astronaut was held up by a cable to simulate the effects of low gravity, as if the Moonscape was created in a studio.Ruby Andrews posted on YouTube: “You can clearly see a cable on the top or the pack.” However, she appeared to be referring to what looked like a backpack aerial in the footage.Another, with the user name Boss Man added: “Definitely looks like he was suspended by something.” And, a third with the username Jobliss1234 added: “We would’ve been back over and over again and bragged about it if we’d been there.” However, others thought Streetcap1 was way off the mark and brought nothing towards proving the missions were hoaxed.CB posted: “Reduced gravity on the moon, you can see clearly he struggled to stand back up. “Good catch though, but not enough to discount circumstances.”Russell Sutton said: “Wow if you don’t understand the moon has a much lighter gravity you got problems.”Edgar Belmonte added: “The way athletes on skates, skateboards, extreme bikes, etc do. Keep in mind these nerds were military/athletes.”NASA does not comment on individual conspiracy theories, but insists that the Apollo missions took place and humans have been on the Moon.