NASA vs. Curry: a battle of wits

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NASA vs. Curry: a battle of wits

Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon in 1969.

Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon in 1969.

Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon in 1969.

Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon in 1969.

Isabella Pawloski, Staff Writer

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Stephen Curry, regarded by many as one of the best shooters in NBA history, made the comments in the Winging It podcast on Monday. During the episode, Curry’s teammate Andre Iguodala asked the basketball player and presenters Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore if they believed the moon landings were real.

All three of them replied “no,” and Curry added: “They’re going to come and get us,” and “Sorry I don’t want to start conspiracies.” In further questioning, Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, confirmed that he did not believe the US had ever landed on the moon.

Later on in the podcast the group then had a short discussion about popular conspiracy theories, including one that the film director Stanley Kubrick staged the whole thing.

NASA in fact led six missions that put 12 astronauts on the moon between 1969 and 1972, and Curry’s lack of belief has NASA enraged.

Allard Beutel, a spokesman from the space agency, told the New York Times that Curry was welcome to come see for himself. “We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control; during his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”

 

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