Brave legions of the Straightdope, I need some help and assistance to fight ignorance, I come humbly seeking assistance as this is a battle being fought on a ground I’m not familiar with.
Anyway, the point, I am coming to it.
I have a cousin who is an engineer and generally a nice guy, along with others we got discussing and debating conspiracy theories when the subject of the Moon landing came up. He loudly and with authority proclaimed that the Moon landing was impossible as back in the 60’s they simply didn’t have the technology available to perform it. That not being my area of expertise I was unable to argue the point with him, and worst of all I believe he may have convinced at least some of the others present that he was correct, arguing from apparent authority.
Leaving the other aspects aside what engineering/technological arguments could I use to prove him wrong. I’m not an engineer or particularly technological minded so please use small words and short sentences.
I’m not sure what kind of engineer he is, all I know is he designs those little widgets used to detect loss of air pressure in run-flat tyres, whatever discipline that is, Widgetology maybe.