One of the things that has always bothered me about the whole moon hoax claim is that I feel that it would take thousands, probably ten thousand to pull of something as big as the moon hoax. Of course no one from NASA has come out and said I was part of the hoax.
Here's my rough cut at the numbers.
First, all the astronauts would have to lie. Don't forget their wives and families too. Hiding something like a moon cover-up and all the disappointment that must go with that would be impossible to keep from one's spouse and family. So now instead of 30-40 people, there are 100-150 people. What about the divorced wifes and seperated families who probably don't have a lot loyalty to NASA. Now you've got to add all the people who had to come up with the hoax. Upper NASA management, some engineers, some flight controllers, their counterparts in industry, and the whole team that developed the hoax all have to hide this cover-up. They also have do their day jobs. Now at a minimum you've got a seven to eight hundred people hiding things. One thing that always seems to be left out of this equation is that several countries also helped us track Apollo to the moon. Austrailia contributed about 100 people. If Apollo didn't fly to the moon it would be obvious to these people and these are people with no loyalty of any sorts to the US. At a minimum you've got about a thousand people and if you include their families it's into the several thousands.
Not being in film or TV, I have no clue as to how many people it would take to stage such an event. Most big ticket movies have several hundred people on them, but I would think that for a big US government production, it would be a lot more.
Now using my own personal insight into working on large engineering projects, here's something that I never seen in any moon conspiracy theory. The LM (and the CM) contained many different subsystems, like the descent engine, environmental control, electrical power, batteries, etc. Each person that worked on these subsystems were expecting data (pressure, temperature, voltage) back from the LM, to see how their systems worked so that they came verify their designs, assumptions, etc. That's the engineering method. There is no way to fake these data. If everyone got back perfect data, then it's obviously faked. If you add anomolies to the data, the designers are also going to know it's faked. So these people had to be in on it as well. Now we have ten thousand people.
Any guesses out there?