“And in the initial part there was a great euphoria that we had, one thing, beat the Russians to the Moon because it was in some way a race for prestige more than anything else.
“But believe it or not, there were people in this country and in Europe that did not believe we did it. We faked it in West Texas someplace.”
After a burst of laughter from the audience, Captain Lovell went on to reveal what he and NASA really thought about the conspiracy theories.
He said: “Well, rather than to argue with such people – and I was sued one time because they didn’t think I even flew to the Moon – rather than argue with these people, NASA got ready with Apollo 12.”