Ever since NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong took one small step onto the surface of the Moon, conspiracy theorists have questioned the Moon landing.
Some conspiracists have now outdone themselves by linking Moon landing hoax theories to the 16th century apothecary and supposed clairvoyant Nostradamus.
A very detailed conspiracy linking the two was shared to Unexplained-Mysteries.com, where forum poster turbonium claimed Nostradamus predicted “the Moon landing hoax”.
The bizarre forum post reads: “I have interpreted four quatrains of Nostradamus, which I feel accurately predict the Apollo Moon landings will be hoaxed.”
Nostradamus’ written works are often considered to be prophetic visions of the future.
Some theorists believe Nostradamus correctly predicted events such as the Great Fire of London and the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Nostradamus was known for writing cryptic four-lined passages known as quatrains.
One of these passages, Century 9 Quatrain 65, is supposedly evidence of NASA faking the Moon landing.
According to turbonium, the incredibly vague and poetic passage is often considered to foretell NASA’s 1969 Moon landing.
But the conspiracy theorist argued there is a deeper meaning to the words – one suggesting an elaborate hoax on NASA’s part.
His post reads: “The first two lines describe an astronaut who intends to go to the Moon, or is under that assumption.
“Instead, he is taken – ‘captured’ – and put onto a fake Moon stage set – ‘a strange land’.
“It’s clear that Nostradamus is making a distinction between a genuine landing and a hoaxed landing.
“Otherwise, ‘He will go into the corner of Luna’ would suffice to describe a genuine landing.
“But it’s clear that he will come to go to the Moon, and then he will be captured and put somewhere else.”
He then claims the “unripe fruit” mentioned by Nostradamus indicates NASA rockets, which were not powerful enough to reach the Moon.
And the “Great blame, to one praise” is supposedly evidence of a hoax and the praise NASA received for pulling the scheme off.
The forum poster said: “To my knowledge, the following three quatrains have never been interpreted as predictions of a Moon landing hoax. These are my own interpretations.”
But is there any grain of truth to the bizarre claims made online?
Most experts agree Nostradamus was not a prophet, clairvoyant or anyone with any particular set of paranormal powers.
Brian Dunning, a science writer and creator of the Skeptoid Podcast, argued: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”