Recognizing the fact that certain technical details are beyond the ken of insufficiently educated or gifted people is not an appeal to authority. It is an "appeal to reality", that reality being "Ars longa. Vita brevis." While it is certainly true that Aerospace Engineer's assertion that "No, we didn't fake the moon landing." is unproven (he states as much) it is also true that rendering a judgement on this highly technical matter requires adequate preparation. My suspicion is that the great majority of those maintaining that the lunar landing was a hoax lack this preparation and these individuals are probably the same ones who periodically appear hawking the latest thermodynamic law breaking gizmo (like the 'discussions' of HHO that made the rounds a while ago).
Leges sine moribus vanae
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