It's been 40 years since the last man set foot on the Moon (Apollo 17 returned to Earth on this day in 1. But there are still some conspiracy nutbags out there who believe the whole thing was a massive conspiracy.
Now, if I was going to pretend to go the Moon, I'd think of something a little more imaginative than the 'magnificent desolation' observed by the Apollo astronauts. Something like this perhaps...
IT HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST HOAX of all time, but more than 130 years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, the Americans truly showed the world how a Moon hoax should be done.
It started on the pages of the penny newspaper the New York Sun on August 24, 1835, under the scholarly title of ‘Great Astronomical Discoveries’ and ran in four lengthy installments. Impressively, the article was penned by Dr Andrew Grant, an assistant to the great astronomer Sir John Herschel, who, he reported, had made ‘some astronomical discoveries of the most wonderful description, by means of an immense telescope’.
The discoveries were listed as being the discovery of ‘a new theory of cometary phenomena’, new planets within the solar system, and that Herschel had ‘solved or corrected nearly every leading problem of mathematical astronomy’. Impressive stuff – stuff that became even more impressive when he turned his fantastical new telescope to study the Moon.