YouTube user Streetcap1 uploaded a video with a photographer purportedly from the '72 landing. Streetcap1 uses the photo to argue that the whole landing was staged — and that a "stagehand" can be seen in the reflection on the visor of this astronaut.
Hence the name of the photo, "Reflection in a Visor."
3. Forgot His Backpack?
Streetcap1's video goes into detail about that small figure reflected in the helmet. This figure is not wearing a backpack — required for terrestrial exploration on the moon.
Even taking into account the possibility of visual distortion, Streetcap1 says, the backpack should still be visible because of its size.
Chalk up the uptick in belief in conspiracy theories to a further divide between the government and its governed.
Legal scholar Mark Fenster wrote a whole book on why people get themselves wrapped up in the tendrils of these elaborate plots. He says it's due to “a polarization so profound that people end up with an unshakable belief that those in power ‘simply can’t be trusted.'”
The landings took place during the Cold War, and America and the Soviets were locked in a high stakes arms race.
Conspiracy theorists claim that one of the reasons the U.S. faked the landing was to appear more technologically puissant than they actually were. Staging the landing would save them a lot of money, and achieve the same effect, so say the theorists.
Public trust reached a 30-year high after 9/11, but then we entered the Iraq War and all bets were off. Today, those who say they can trust the government does not total more than 30% of the population.