Guy Claims First Steps On The Moon Don’t Match Neil Armstrong’s Boots, NASA Replies With Facts

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put his one small step for mankind on the Moon. It left the first human footprint on the moon. However, conspiracy theorists now claimed that he didn’t even wear the boots that created that footprint.

To support their claim, they compared a photo of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit with a shot from the mission itself. The first photo was taken in 2015 by astronomer Phil Plait at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

While Armstrong and the other crew members did wear the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit shown above, they had more gear like overshoes with treaded soles. For the record, according to NASA, the footprint in the other photograph isn’t even Armstrong’s. The footprint belongs to Buzz Aldrin.

Wearing the overshoes provided extra protection from rips, tears, and dust to the basic spacesuits. They left distinctive footprints that can be seen in numerous other images from the mission.

NASA said that “the first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. There is no wind to blow them away.”

Some might asked why the overshoes are not included for public display at the museum like the rest of Armstrong’s gear. NASA said that the Apollo 11 crew left behind about 100 items on the Moon as a weight saving measure. The list includes not only TV lenses and bodily fluids, but the infamous overshoes in question.

Neil Armstrong claimed that the biggest accomplishment of the mission was not taking that small steps for man, one giant leap for mankind, but landing of the lunar module.

“Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying,” he said. “Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle.”

As of recently, a new Moon landing conspiracy theory has been surfacing on the internet

But some people weren’t convinced by it and decided to check the facts

They found that Armstrong and the other crew members did wear the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit pictured above

But they had more gear. Namely, overshoes with treaded soles

And for the record, the footprint in the other photograph isn’t even Armstrong’s, it belongs to Buzz Aldrin

The overshoes provided extra protection from rips, tears, and dust to the basic spacesuits

This X-ray was taken as a last minute check to see if there were any foreign objects that could compromise the integrity of the spacesuit during the mission

The boots left distinctive footprints that can be seen in numerous other images from the mission

And if you’re still skeptical, go to the Moon for a closer look

“The first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. There is no wind to blow them away”

But why the overshoes aren’t at the museum like the rest of Armstrong’s gear?

The crew left behind about 100 items on the Moon as a weight saving measure. The list includes not only TV lenses and bodily fluids, but the infamous shoes as well

People were incredibly amused to hear such a ridiculous theory

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