The truth about the “moon landings”

Sure, most of us believe that people went to the moon forty years ago. But a few hearty souls have a different perspective, saying that the whole thing was faked. Wired Magazine was so upset by conspiracy theories that they’ve published a guide to debunking them. It’s so de rigueur to believe in this moon landing stuff that blogger Bosco Peters even published an account of the “first Communion” on the moon. Of course, as all decent Episcopalians know, if Buzz Aldrin was a Presbyterian at the time, this was not communion — since they don’t have valid sacraments, General Convention resolutions notwithstanding — but a little snack of crackers and wine. But I digress.

Just today I have read the real truth behind the so-called moon landings. Here’s a snippet:

Immediately after President Kennedy’s bold challenge to land an American on the moon before the end of the decade, NASA scientists and engineers began a crash program of assuming that the actual plausibility of landing on the moon was all but impossible. A program to create a hightly realistic simulated landing for public viewing was then begun in earnest, beginning with a series of unmanned Surveyor probes to get highly detailed views of the lunar surface for accurate soundstage production.

Now go read the whole thing. Make sure you wear a tinfoil hat (or mitre, if you are a bishop) while reading this, to protect you from the government mind rays.

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3 Responses

  1. Bob Chapman says:

    I assume there are also tinfoil birettas for the priests.

    And, Issac Asimov writes better fiction.

  2. Sandy Chapman says:

    Tho/ I agree that the sacraments should be wine and bread, why is the Presbyterian communion invalid? We’re just as holy as the other sects.

  3. Fr Alexander says:

    I am very disappointed because I was hitherto under the impression that Buzz Aldrin was an Episcopalian at the time of Apollo 11, and that what he consumed on the moon was the validly consecrated Reserved Sacrament. Here is a link to the relevant webpage of the Presbyterian Church where he was a member at the time:

    http://www.websterpresby.org/wnLunar.asp

    Unless someone can correct me, I deduce the following: (1) since Presbyterians do not practice reservation of the Sacrament, what Aldrin had with him were not elements previously consecrated on earth, but unconsecrated bread and wine in a Communion kit; (2) what Aldrin was effectively trying to do — with his pastor’s connivance — was celebrate his own Eucharist by reading a Bible verse (about the vine and branches) over the bread and the wine before he consumed them.

    From a Catholic (including Anglican) viewpoint this is clearly not a valid Eucharist as it lacks the proper form and the proper minister, at the very least.

    This is not, however, to dismiss it or denigrate its spiritual value because it was clearly done with great sincerity and good will. Perhaps the first agape meal on the moon?