Famed Physicist Shuts Down Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists In 1 Brilliant Tweet

Monday was the 46th anniversary of the first lunar landing, yet a small fringe still believes the whole thing was a hoax.

According to the conspiracy theory, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on a soundstage instead of the moon. Some even claim that famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who made “2001: A Space Odyssey” the previous year, directed the hoax.

On Monday, British physicist Brian Cox, professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, had a blunt message for the conspiracy theorists:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you don’t think Apollo 11 landed on Moon you are a colossal nob end & should get a new brain

— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) July 20, 2015

He also wrote that he has always spelled “nob end” without the k.

The tweet got a response from Aldrin, who added:

. @ProfBrianCox is a pretty smart guy. Also the Russians would have exposed by now if we didn’t land. #Apollo11 https://t.co/N8nLKtaqRe

— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 21, 2015

In 2002, Aldrin — then 72 years old — famously punched a Bible-toting conspiracy theorist in the face. The man had followed Aldrin around, telling him to “repent” to “get to heaven” and called the astronaut “a coward, and a liar and a thief.”

California prosecutors declined to press charges.

Also on Monday, Aldrin shared his reminiscences of the landing on social media:

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