In July 1969, Neil Armstrong famously declared “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” after setting foot on the moon.
However, what might have happened if the Apollo 11 crew and the project to launch men on space failed?
“President Nixon had a speech ready,” according to a 2019 CBS This Morning report.
In case the mission to the moon failed, they said.
The Contingency Speech
In the moon landing’s alternate history, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did not set foot on the moon.
Also, former US President Richard Nixon delivers a different speech.
“Fate has ordained,” the fake Nixon said.
“That the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace”.
The two men laid down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding,” he continued.
For every person that looks up to the moon at night, there is a “corner” that will be “forever mankind,” he concluded.
What is Truth?
A group of filmmakers and video designers worked together to create this possible scenario.
The project is called, In Event of Moon Disaster, and MIT launched its website on June 20, 2020.
The same day of the Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.
To create the alternate Apollo 11 scenario, the group used the technology of Deepfake.
It is an “immersive art project” that invites people to consider how new technology can obscure the truth.
What is Deepfake?
Deepfake refers to counterfeit, as per a Live Science Report.
They are “computer-generated video and audio,” which are difficult to discern from the real ones.
In other words, Deepfake “is to film, what Photoshop is for images”, as per Live Science.
In 2017, Deepfakes became popular due to a Reddit user with the name “deepfakes”, as per a Vice report.
At the same time, another Reddit user named, “deepfakeapp” created “FakeApp”.
An application allowing people access to Deepfake technology, even without the knowledge of computer programming, as per Vice.