False ‘boot print’ comparison shared in Facebook posts about Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing

Published on 02/03/2021 at 10:30

An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts that purports to show a comparison between the boot tread of a spacesuit worn by US astronaut Neil Armstrong for his 1969 mission to the Moon and a boot print he apparently left on the Moon’s surface. The posts suggest the boot’s tread does not “match up” with the boot print, indicating the Moon landing may have been a “hoax”. The claim is false: the image shows Armstrong’s preserved spacesuit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, but an expert said Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore overshoes while on the Moon’s surface.