reply to post by Anunaki10
The Soviets had a five-to-one superiority to the U.S. in manned hours in space and were first in achieving many important space milestones. Yet,
despite the Soviet lead, the Americans claimed to have won the Moon race.
The hoax advocates often mention the early lead the Soviets held in manned space flight, implying that American technology was inferior. The Soviets
accomplished may "firsts" because their program was designed to do so, often at great risk. The Americans, on the other hand, were more methodical
and took their time to develop better technology. With its Gemini program the United States pushed far ahead of the Soviets, completing many space
milestones of their own. Among these: the first use of an onboard computer, first use of fuel cells for power, first piloted spacecraft to change its
trajectory, the first space rendezvous, and the first space docking. By the end of 1966 the United States held a 4-to-1 superiority in manned hours in
space and a 30-to-1 superiority in EVA experience. The U.S. would not relinquish its lead in space man-hours until 1978, which was due to the Soviet
emphasis on space stations.
Also do not forget that some hoax advocates claim the supposed technologically inferior Americans were able to robotically collect and return to Earth
over 800 pounds of diverse lunar rock and soil samples, while the technologically superior Soviets could manage only less than a pound.
The Soviet Union never attempted a moon landing because they knew it was impossible.
The failure of the Soviet Union to land a man on the moon was due to the failure of their N1 moon rocket, which was the USSR equivalent of the USA
Saturn V. The Soviets attempted two test launches of the N1 in 1969, the first on 21-February and the second on 3-July. The July test, which occurred
just two weeks before the launch of Apollo 11, was a catastrophic failure as the rocket exploded on the launch pad and destroyed much of the launch
complex. After the failure of the first two N1 rockets, and the success of Apollo 11, Russian engineering efforts were diverted into crash development
of the Salyut space station in order to beat the American Skylab. Cosmonauts, however, continued to train for lunar landing missions until October
1973, when the last training group was dissolved. By that time, manned flight of the original single-launch spacecraft to the moon had been abandoned.
Instead work was underway on a twin launch scenario that would put a lander on the surface in 1978 for extended operations, and eventually, a lunar
base. This in turn was cancelled with the entire N1 program in 1974.
Clearly the Soviets believed a moon landing was a technological possibility as they continued with their plans until well after the last Apollo
mission. They failed to beat the Americans to the Moon because they could not make their N1 rocket work before time ran out on them.
The Soviet Union did not contest NASA's claim about the Moon landings because the USSR was faking their own space program and would have likely
Surely the Soviets possessed the knowledge and experience necessary to debunk NASA's claim of a moon landing. Since they declined to do so, they,
according to the hoax advocates, must have had something to hide as well. Not only is there no evidence whatsoever of fraud on the part of the USSR
but, if they were faking it, why didn't they just hoax a landing before the USA did? It was awfully generous of the Soviets to allow the Americans to
fake it first. There appears to be no accusation the hoax advocates are unwilling to make, despite the lack of evidence, if it supports the hoax
Another idea that's been proposed by the hoax advocates is that NASA paid-off the Soviets to keep them quiet, which, like most hoax claims, is pure
speculation. This accusation is just another desperate attempt by the hoax advocates to overcome an obstacle for which they have no valid
Some interesting facts to read.