Conspiracy Theorists Are Asking How The Moon Buggy Fit Inside The Apollo Lander

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If there's one thing we can say for Moon landing conspiracy theorists, it's that they've really got some stamina. Even 55 years after the first Moon landing, and with all the evidence we have that they happened, people are still clinging to the belief that they were faked.

Though conspiracy theorists tend to focus on the first landing, some appear to believe they have proof that subsequent landings were faked. One reason given is that they cannot figure out how the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) – aka the "Moon buggy" – managed to fit inside the Apollo lander. This conspiracy has resurfaced recently, for fairly unfathomable reasons.

So how do we know NASA was able to get the LRV to the Moon? For a start, there is plenty of awesome footage available of the buggies racing around on the lunar surface.

Then of course, there's the fact that it would be weird for NASA to launch the most successful conspiracy in Earth's history, manage to conceal the truth despite the 400,000 people who worked on the program, and then forget to check whether the car could fit in the lander.

The real answer is that NASA, given all the weight and space restrictions involved in leaving the Earth, is quite good at packing.

"The frame was made of aluminum alloy 2219 tubing welded assemblies and consisted of a 3 part chassis which was hinged in the center so it could be folded up and hung in the Lunar Module quad 1 bay," NASA explains. "It had two side-by-side foldable seats made of tubular aluminum with nylon webbing and aluminum floor panels."

So that clears that up. The Moon landings happened, and if you think you've found an image that disproved it, Google is your friend. And whatever you do, don't go near Buzz Aldrin with your ideas.

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