The 25 Billion Dollar Hoax

The story about how 50 men staged the biggest hoax mankind will ever know. Before reading this post I would recommend reading last week´s – Possibly the Biggest Hoax in History, the background argument for this story.

So it begins…

January 11, 1969

Phone call from the CIA director Mr.Cushman to President Nixon

Mr. President. My board just evaluated NASA´s last report on the Apollo Program… the moon landing is not going to happen, at least not in this decade. Taking men to space – that NASA can do. But landing and extracting persons from the Moon is not possible at this moment. There are just too many risks, unsolvable variables and technical flaws. The 25 billion dollar fund is there, NASA just cant´t deliver the results…. Do we have your permission to initiate Operation Artemis?

January 13 , 1969

Phone call from President Nixon to General Westmoreland

General, an envelope containing the details of a future operation has been sent to your office. The information is highly classified and for your eyes only. Once you have read the briefing, dispose of the envelope and all it´s contents. A paper trail is never to exist, all proceedings must be carried out through personal contact, do I make myself clear?

January 14, 1969

Conversation from General Westmoreland to Colonel Smith

Conolel Smith, you are to seal all-access to the underground facilities of your base. Nobody, except the 20 selected officers for this operation gets in or out. Any irregularities in conduct must be dealt with accordingly. This is matter of national security, and defection will not be tolerated at any level. Our boys on Vietnam would really appreciate having the media off their backs for a couple days. And besides, we can´t let the commie bastards beat us to the Moon.

January 18, 1969

Conversation from Colonel Smith to the 20 elder officers

The task at hand is big: we must build the surface of the Moon. And we must do it in 5 months. Remember you have taken an oath to serve your country. You have also taken an oath of secrecy concerning all details regarding this operation. An oath that must follow you all the way to the grave. For your service and discretion you will be rewarded plentifully. But, if so much as a word slips out of these concrete walls, it will be your last. Do I make myself clear?

March 16, 1969

Conversation from Secretary of State Rogers to Dr. Thomas

Dr. Thomas, you will be appointed as the new Director of NASA. Seven men from our armed forces have been assigned to aid you in this operation. As soon as you take office, you are to make a public announcement of the upcoming moon landing. But more importantly, your priority must be convincing the rest of the staff at NASA that a moon landing is indeed possible. A team of experts has already been assigned to convert the current Air Force computer simulation program into a spacecraft simulator. If you are discreet and do a good job, you will be rewarded plentifully. However, should your cover be blown, the US government will deny any involvement in this affair and you will be prosecuted as an Enemy of the State.

March 21, 1969

Conversation from Director Thomas to his seven assistants

Fellow patriots. We must always keep in mind that we are performing an honorable service for our country. President Kennedy once made a promise to the American people, that we would get Man on the Moon before the end of the decade. We shall honor his memory, by keeping that promise. As for the operation, a manned spacecraft will be launched. A module will land on the Moon. But no men shall be aboard the module. The night before the moon landing, we must activate the computer simulation program at Launch Control Center.  We must also smuggle the negatives of the ¨landing film¨ into the spacecraft before it´s departure. The Army has supplied us with moon rock from Antartica, which we must insert into the cargo bay…. If we succeed, Fortune shall smile on each and every one of us. Rest be assured, failure is not an option. Do you understand?

March 31, 1969

Secure-line phone call from President Nixon to Neil Armstrong

This is the President speaking. Neil Alden Armstrong, I have been informed that you are the kind of man that would do anything for their country.

As Commander in Chief, I must ask you: is this true?

Would you be interested in bringing hope and glory to the hearts of millions of Americans worldwide?

Would you be willing to make history, have your name printed on every textbook as the first man to officially walk on the moon?

——————————————————————————— THE END

Again, this is a WHAT-IF story: about how I imagine things would have gone down IF man never really landed on the Moon.

It´s easy to see why only around 50 people  would be allowed on the secret ——– ( CIA 5 , Goverment 3 , Army 22 , NASA 8, Astronauts 12) The smaller the number of participants, the least likely the hoax would ever be revealed.

I also believe that if said conspiracy were to be true, it would have not been done for lucrative purposes: rather it would have been carried out to

  1. Beat the Soviet Union in the Space Race
  2. Distract the American public from rawness of the Vietnam War
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