Chinese moon landing dismissed as fake by high-profile UFO enthusiast

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      The creator of the UFO Sightings Daily website is expressing skepticism over a major advancement by Chinese scientists.

      Scott C. Waring, a self-described UFOlogist, has pointed to the lack of rocks and a "stage prop line" in images of China's recent landing on the dark side of the moon.

      On the website, he's argued that these indicate that the event was likely staged.

      According to Waring, "someone mistakenly placed a line in front of the rover and forgot to erase it."

      "This is very disappointing, but I guess China may have decided since NASA faked the first Apollo moon landing and got away with it, then China wanted in on it too," Waring wrote.

      In his 2011 book Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground, Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay argued that UFO enthusiasts often believe in other conspiracies, such as the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, Jews are in control of the media, and vaccinations are a scam to line the pockets of pharmaceutical company shareholders.

      Meanwhile, there are many conspiracy theories about the six U.S. moon landings from 1969 to 1972.

      Among the most well known are those advanced by the Flat Earth Society and by a former U.S. Navy officer, Bill Kaysing, who wrote a self-published book called We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.


      The self-described hoax-busting UFO of Interest Twitter account has issued the following tweet to debunk Waring's claim: