Our third diorama was introduced by the script below....

Studio 51
March 28, 2004

It was May 25, 1961. President John F. Kennedy was delivering a special message to Congress on a series of urgent national needs. It was in this now-famous speech that Kennedy proclaimed, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

The first Apollo mission, less than 6 years later, was a disaster. On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck and a fire swept through the Command Module killing the three mission astronauts, Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee.

Following several unmanned missions, Apollo 7 became the first manned craft to orbit the Earth. It did so 163 times over a 10 day period starting October 11, 1968. A couple months later, Apollo 8’s crew orbited the moon, and on July 16, 1969—the decade nearly closed—Apollo 11 rocketed away from the Earth on a journey to the lunar surface.

“That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong’s words echoed around the world. Kennedy’s challenge from a little over 8 years earlier had been met.

But what if Apollo 11 had failed?

Disaster had struck early in the effort  to land men on the moon, and the momentum behind the Apollo missions had grown substantially since then. It was imperative in so many ways that Apollo 11 not fail. In fact, it had been deemed a matter of the utmost national security by a secret government task force. With the decade drawing to a close, it became the purpose of this secretive group to ensure the success of the Apollo 11 mission in the eyes of the American public and the rest of the world... using all necessary means.

They crafted an elaborate plan to deceive the public in order to fulfill Kennedy’s prophecy. In the event of a disaster en route to the moon, they would complete the mission from a secret location known only as “Studio 51.”

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They constructed an elaborate movie set, complete with lunar surface, spacecraft, and views of outer space. They hired actors to play the parts of the astronauts, all of whom would be dead should this plan ever be put into action. They would tap into the national broadcasting system with “live” audio and moving pictures from the lunar surface.

The entire mission would unfold before the public’s eyes exactly how it had been planned. The secret commission even went so far as to plan on the crew’s successful return to Earth. However, the craft and crew would be “lost at sea” before they could be recovered.

Recently, the secret studio and soundstage were rediscovered by a curious building maintenance worker at a large Hollywood studio. The windows were boarded up, the exterior was covered with “No Trespassing” signs, and the door was securely locked. Beneath decades of dirt and grime, he found the number “51” on the door.

With all of this coming to light, it’s no wonder that conspiracy theorists the world-over continue to obsess over this event. They argue that the moon landing never happened and that it was all a hoax put on by the government. Well, we’re hear to tell you that they’ve got their story backwards. It was the hoax that never happened. Studio 51 is the moon hoax that never was.

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