In case you’ve forgotten, we have known that Earth is spherical – or technically, an oblate spheroid, thanks to its equatorial bulge – for several millennia. By the time that the lovely Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle came along, the idea that Earth was flat had largely fallen out of favor.
This is presumably the critical point of the usurpation that TFES hint at. You’d think that thinkers like Aristotle and Eratosthenes would be labelled as persona non grata to such societies, but no, not as far as we can tell: only their proofs are commonly “debunked”, and their motivations for concluding that the planet is spherical were simply born out of human error, not a mischievous urge to lie.
To Infinity And Beyond
Under their FAQ section, the topic of spaceflight comes up fairly early on, and it’s safe to say that themes of hoaxes and nefarious deceptions come up a lot more frequently than they do with ordinary folk.
Lamenting the lack of revelations from astronauts declaring that the planet is flat after all, TFES explains that “the space agencies of the world are involved in a conspiracy faking space travel and exploration,” something that they say began in the Cold War’s Space Race.
As it turns out, the US and Soviet Union had to keep out-faking each other for political gain. Nowadays, “the conspiracy is most likely motivated by greed rather than political gains, and using only some of their funding to continue to fake space travel saves a lot of money to embezzle for themselves.”
So NASA, ESA, and SpaceX are faking spaceflight in order to gain funds from silly round earthers. This argument is actually curiously similar to one used by climate change deniers, who often note that climatologists fake data in order to gain more funding.
That would neatly explain why astrophysicists, engineers, and climate scientists are the richest people on Earth.