You forgot to mention the footage of the astronauts being filmed in a movie
studio & the guide wires that were pulling them up & down.
Filmographic evidence goes both ways, and the slope is unfavorable to you. The credits specifically state that footage from Capricorn One was used in the Apollo Zero
video. That was a fictitious movie about faking the moon landings. The evidence that the films were made in a studio can itself be easily manufactured, much more so now than back in the late 1960s.
The bit about the Polaroids on the lunar lander leg definitely is intriguing, but I was disappointed the Kubrick video didn't show a (convincing) picture of that. Of course, to truly be effective, it shouldn't be part of an edited video at all, but rather be an URL that points to the picture on a NASA website. That is a smoking gun that would definitely sway me.
You also haven't
discussed the fact that man cannot penetrate the magnetosphere. The furthest
distance traveled away from earth by any of the shuttle missions was less than 250
miles away from this planet. The shuttle crews complained of blackouts at those
altitudes. The ruskies "cooked" 13 cosmonauts back in the 60's trying to penetrate the
magnetosphere. Unless this movie has been altered & you've been watching
a spliced version these facts were mentioned. I'm trying to locate some footage
of a woman cosmonaut who discusses this very issue. Please give me your
opinions on the issue of piercing the magnetosphere without cooking humans
I cannot find anything about the deaths you mention. Numerous workers killed on the ground from an explosion on a launchpad, one cosmonaut killed on reentry, and 3 cosmonauts killed by depressurization, but nothing about cosmonauts being killed by radiation.
"Radiation" is one of those scary buzzwords, though, that people use very imprecisely. There are many different kinds of radiation: alpha, beta, cosmic, electromagnetic -- which includes infrared, light, ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays. Each of those pose different kinds of threats.
Can humans survive the Van Allen Belt radiation? It's like a day on the beach: you have towels, and umbrellas, and sunscreen, and drinks, and it can be a pleasant experience. But if you are unprotected, it can be an extremely painful and even deadly experience.
So, yes, a trip through the Van Allen Belts would be deadly to a human if all he had was a spacesuit to protect him. But these trips are made in spacecraft made of metal, and the Van Allen radiation consists of charged particles. Metal is really good at conducting charges, so people would have some protection inside a metal ship.
But, this is another area where it was a case of "good enough". The Van Allen Belts only extend 10% of the distance to the moon, so I figure they only spent about 10% of their time in them. Like a day on the beach, the key to staying healthy is limiting exposure, both in time and dosage.
This also is a major difference with the shuttle. While the shuttle crew wasn't as close to the Van Allen Belts, they generally spent a lot more time circling at a particular orbital level -- because it only takes energy when you change levels. So they were probably exposed much longer than the Apollo crew.
And, let's face it, the Apollo crews were probably a hardier bunch than the shuttle crews. A fair number were test pilots and were probably trained to ignore pain. The shuttle crew, on the other hand, was probably instructed to note the changes in their bodies -- discovering the effects of space travel on people was one broad program goal for the shuttle program.
There were other facts raised as well. The hokey air conditioning
systems the Apollo astronauts wore when outside the L.E.M. are a dead giveaway
as well. Those astronauts had to endure extreme heat & cold.
Here's the clincher J.D.
Research the space suits worn by Gemini astronauts when outside there vehicles
& compare them to the suits worn in Apollo. It's a dead give away. Both space
suits are from the same era, the 60's. I didn't want to use the comparison between
the suits worn by ISS or shuttle astronauts, as there from different era's.
Get back with me when you've had a chance to look at this evidence.
I don't get the bit about the space suits at all. Of course Gemini and Apollo space suits would be from the same era.
But this does bring up another point: all the moon landings were made around dawn, local lunar time. That is when the temperature is the most moderate. The rocks are still cold from the 14-day night, but the warmth of the sun is available. This is definitely an area where they could not push the technology any further. Even staying 7 days puts a tremendous strain on the cooling system. Month-long stays would likely require building shelters with thick walls of lunar soil to moderate the temperatures.