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Buzz Aldrin Just Turned 89, He Once Punched A Moon Conspiracy Theorist In The Face

Buzz Aldrin Just Turned 89, He Once Punched A Moon Conspiracy Theorist In The Face

There are conspiracy theories about anything and everything these days. There are probably conspiracy theories about conspiracy theories.

If you're the subject of one of those deep and twisting theories it would probably be a pretty confronting or annoying experience and might make you lash out.

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Kind of in a similar way that legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin did in 2002.

One of the first men to ever walk on the moon was confronted by documentary maker Bart Sibrel, who has released four movies about man's 'alleged' space trips to the lunar object orbiting Earth.

Mr Sibrel approached Aldrin, who celebrated his 89th birthday yesterday, outside a hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

The filmmaker said: "You're the one who said you walked on the moon when you didn't. Calling the kettle black if I ever thought it. Saying that I misrepresented myself?"

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They began shouting at each other and Aldrin was allegedly heard saying, 'can you get away from me' before Bart poked him with a copy of the Bible and told him he was a 'coward' and a 'liar'.

Without skipping a beat, Aldrin clocked him in the face pretty hard.

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Mr Aldrin wasn't charged over the incident. Credit: ABC News
Mr Aldrin wasn't charged over the incident. Credit: ABC News

Now, you'd think that sort of action would see one of the biggest names in American history charged with assault, but the then 72-year-old managed to escape all of that.

According to the BBC, witnesses told the authorities that Mr Sibrel lured Buzz to the hotel under the 'false pretences' that he would interview him when in actuality he just goaded him.

The report added that since Mr Sibrel didn't sustain a visible injury and didn't seek medical attention, and Mr Aldrin had no previous criminal record, no charges were filed.

Buzz Aldrin and his Apollo moon mates have been the subject of conspiracies since the moment they came back from their respective missions.

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first two people to walk on the moon. Credit: PA
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first two people to walk on the moon. Credit: PA

Many don't believe it was possible to send them to the moon and clutched onto tiny 'alleged' inconsistencies or images sent from outer space. One of the big rebuttals to these hoax claims is the sheer size of the operation.

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Purdue University James Longuski says for this conspiracy to be pulled off, it would have to involve about 400,000 people to keep up the lie.

Astronauts, scientists, engineers, technicians, and skilled labourers who worked on the Apollo missions for years would have to maintain the lie, which is virtually impossible.

Mr Longuski says it would actually be easier to complete the moon landing than it would be to keep hundreds of thousands of people in check with the conspiracy.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Conspiracy Theory

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.