Attention all conspiracy theorists, is the fact that NASA video tapes have been erased proof that the Apollo Moon landing was a hoax? For years and years this has been the claim of many conspiracy theorists like Bart Sibrel who, according to CNN stated:

“I do know the moon landings were faked,” said crusading filmmaker Bart Sibrel, whose aggressive interview tactics once provoked Aldrin to punch him in the face. “I’d bet my life on it.”

Sibrel may seem crazy, but he has company. A 1999 Gallup poll found that a scant 6 percent of Americans doubted the Apollo 11 moon landing happened, and there is anecdotal evidence that the ranks of such conspiracy theorists, fueled by innuendo-filled documentaries and the Internet, are growing.

Here is video of Aldrin (who was 72) punching Sibrel in the face, it’s pure awesomeness:

Conspirators are now abuzz because it turns out that NASA accidentally erased the original footage of the video from the moon landing. NPR reports:

An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data.

Okay, I get how things get lost and moved around, and hey, 1969 was a long time ago, but come on, why are these tapes not in the Smithsonian? These are national treasures, not old videos of Magnum PI that are still lying around your attic.

So now the conspiracy nuts are having a field day because they say this is proof that they were right all along and now NASA is trying to cover the rear ends. Who knows what really happened? I will say that 66 years from Kitty Hawk to landing on the moon seems almost ridiculously fast, but I also believe that Americans can do anything we want to if we put our minds to it. I also believe that we probably couldn’t go to the moon today, even if we wanted to. So, have at it, is this real or much ado about nothing?