NASA wants Steph Curry to know that yes, the moon landing was real, and they’re even inviting him to check out some space rocks to prove it.
During an interview on the podcast “Winging It,” the Golden State Warriors star revealed that he doesn’t believe the United States has been to the moon.
About 46 minutes into the episode, he abruptly changed the conversation topic from what sounds dinosaurs made to space exploration.
“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked.
The group, including Atlanta Hawks players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore, and Curry’s teammate Andre Iguodala, concluded with a unanimous “Nope.”
“They’re going to come get us,” Curry added. “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”
“Winging It” co-host Annie Finberg was skeptical, which led to a group discussion on conspiracy theories. They floated the belief that director Stanley Kubrick staged the entire moon landing.
People took to Twitter to tell Curry that the moon landing did in fact happen, and some compared it to Kyrie Irving’s statements believing the Earth is flat.
Hey Steph – i love watching you play – you’re amazing. But kids are joking about your grip on reality with bizarre belief the NASA moon missions never happened. Kids look up to you – and it’s not cool what you’re doing.
It’s great to see you back on the court ! #StephCurry
— Dave Edgerton (@eaglecaphiker) December 11, 2018
Steph Curry’s take that the moon landing was faked is a lot less preposterous than Kyrie’s assertion that the Earth is Flat.
that’s not to say i agree with Curry, but that comparison is some false equivalence.
— Tim (@ChuckShots) December 10, 2018
Please don’t be stupid. I have great admiration for you, but that goes away if you really start spewing this shit. People died in our efforts to get us to the moon. When you proliferate this stupid idea, you are, in the very least, disrespecting their memories. pic.twitter.com/zfddsj2OXp
— BlightOwl (@BlightOwl) December 11, 2018
NASA, meanwhile, took a different approach. They invited Curry to see the evidence himself.
“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesperson Allard Beutel told the New York Times. “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.”
In an email to Mashable, Beutel added that there is “lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969 – 1972” and pointed to an article by NASA debunking the conspiracy theories.
Citing the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which photographed the Apollo landing sites, the article says “well characterized, high resolution images” makes it “much harder to remain a doubter today.”
Curry hasn’t made any announcements about visiting the lab yet, but did tweet a cheeky response to the invitation.
So at least there’s hope!