We’ve all grown up to believe that humanity landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 with Neil Armstrong saying the famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” However, as with all things which mark an important historical moment, there are some things that could be classified as suspicious. This post will not look at the more obvious/ridiculous conspiracies, but will instead look at the deaths of two men years before the landing which may raise an eyebrow.
On July 21, 1961, Gus Grissom was the second American man to enter space, eight years before the first moon landing. 118 miles above the earth’s surface, he began to experience trouble due to a faulty mechanism in his capsule’s hatch release. Fifteen minutes after launch, he was to be rescued from the Atlantic Ocean by helicopter and the vessel was to sink, never to be found again. Many NASA employees blamed Grissom for the failed mission, believing that he did not follow correct protocol.
In February 1967, Grissom was partaking in a grounded Apollo 1 test mission along with two other crew members the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station. The test was experiencing several technical issues, particularly with on-site communication, which aggravated Grissom and led him to state into his microphone:
“How are we going to get to the moon if we can’t talk between two or three buildings?”
He was critical of NASA’s ability to get humanity to the moon and had stated so to the media, and had reportedly told his wife that if any serious accident happened in space, it would involve him.
Later in the test mission, a spark under Grissom’s seat ignited the module the three men were occupying. It immediately caught fire, engulfing them in flames.
Theorists claim that Grissom was becoming too restless for NASA to handle and so someone within NASA simply decided to off him.
Thomas Ronald Baron
Thomas Ronald Baron was a safety inspector for North American Aviation and would have been involved in scrutinizing accidents such as the one Grissom was killed in. He too was highly critical of the Apollo programme, and even went so far as to write a 55-page report outlining the shortfalls it had. He even testified in Congress that NASA would never make it to the moon if it continued running the way it had been for the previous decade, and was eventually fired for leaking his report to the press. NASA stated that his claims lacked any credibility.
Weeks later Grissom was tragically killed in the Apollo 1 test, and Baron began extending his report to 500 pages. Within a week, Baron, his wife and step-daughter were all killed when a train collided with their vehicle. The cause of death was ruled to be that Baron was too impatient to wait for a train to cross the road he was driving on and instead decided to race against it. He was also found to be mentally unstable and may have attempted suicide, which is perhaps a rather convenient excuse as to what may instead look like a deliberate murder.
Ultimately, this theory suggests that NASA was failing in its attempts to get to the moon and that Grissom and Baron were aggravating them, so they were killed. NASA may have then bought themselves more time to advance technology to land on the moon. It way not be as exciting as some other moon landing conspiracies, but it is certainly one of the more plausible ones.
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