NASA is inviting Steph Curry to their lunar lab in Houston to check out moon rocks and other lunar landing evidence after the Golden State Warriors player revealed he didn’t believe U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong actually landed on the moon.
On an episode of the “Winging It” podcast, Curry changed topics from dinosaurs to the 1969 moon landing by asking his fellow guests, “We ever been to the moon?”
The group, including fellow NBA players Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore, and Andre Iguodala, unanimously announced “nope,” prompting a discussion about conspiracy theories – like the predominant theory that “The Shining” director Stanley Kubrick filmed the whole moon landing on a studio soundstage for NASA.
“They’re going to come get us,” Curry adds. “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”
Curry took some heat on Twitter for his assertion, before NASA reached out to him to invite him next time the Warriors take on the Houston Rockets.
“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesperson Allard Beutel tells the New York Times. “We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the athlete told ESPN his comments about the lunar landing being “fake” was all in jest.
“One thousand percent,” Curry told ESPN on Wednesday of accepting NASA’s invite. “One thousand per cent. Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast. [Then] I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake-moon-landing truther,’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own.”
“But in terms of the reaction that I’ve gotten, I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer. I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years. And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power. For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.”
“But I’m going to go to NASA and I’m going to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly.”