You don’t need to be in your 60s to remember Neil Armstrong’s famous words when he took his first step on the moon: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those words were spoken on July 20, 1969 when Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon.
As is the case with any large event, conspiracies crop up and a new one has emerged. This conspiracy theory suggests that he didn’t wear the boots that were required to take the first step.
There has been a new moon landing conspiracy theory that surfaced on the Internet recently.
Some people weren’t convinced by the theory and checked the facts.
They found that the Apollo/Skylab A7L suit in the picture was worn by Armstrong and the other crewmembers.
They also had additional gear, including overshoes with treaded soles.
Incidentally, the footprint in that photograph doesn’t even belong to Armstrong, it belongs to Buzz Aldrin.
Overshoes were worn to provide extra protection from rips and dust to the rest of the spacesuit.
An x-ray was also taken as a last-minute check to see if foreign objects would compromise the integrity of the spacesuit while they were on the mission.
The boots left a distinctive footprint that is seen in many other images from the mission.
If you still wonder about the footprints, you can always go to the moon to check them out yourself.
“The first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. There is no wind to blow them away”
Why aren’t the overshoes also on display at the museum?
About 100 items were left behind on the moon to save weight. It includes everything from bodily fluids and TV lenses to the overshoes.
People were amused when they heard this new conspiracy theory.