A photo allegedly shows a giant swastika spotted in one of moon's craters, with claims that NASA has confirmed the discovery. Is there any truth to this story?
It’s a hoax.
Let’s first take a look at a caption often included with the photo:
Recently the Swastika found on the Moon. NASA ensured the news in a official announcement. NASA has picked the photograph.
This photo first circulated in January 2010 in marketing materials for a movie entitled “Iron Sky.” The movie’s website contains a fictional newspaper The Truth Today, with articles set in the year 2018. One of the articles is entitled “Claim: There are Nazis on the Moon” and contains the photo in question. Printed copies of The Truth Today were also handed out at film festivals where the film was shown.
As you can read in this article, the creator of the image writes, “I barely had 15 minutes to Photoshop that picture so I’m really happy it stands up to scrutiny!” He further adds, “I never imagined it even could be mistaken for a real news…”
Soon after The Truth Today appeared, the swastika moon image began appearing in conspiracy forums, and some online readers have attempted to pass it off as a real photo.
The photo of a swastika on the moon was quickly Photoshopped as a promotion for the movie Iron Sky in 2010.
Updated January 3, 2015
Originally published October 2012