We used pictures of space and moon landing footage from our library to “recreate” the moon landing. Here’s how you can use them to launch your next project into orbit.

This week marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong took “one giant leap for mankind.” But the conspiracy theorists have always kept some of us wondering, “Is it possible that Apollo 11 never made it to the moon, and it was all a hoax?”

We asked ourselves that very question, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (or not . . .) on July 20, we created a video to show how you could recreate this historical event using image and video clips from the Shutterstock library.

This latest video is part of an ongoing series for our “It’s Not Stock. It’s Shutterstock” brand campaign. The videos to date, including this one, show just how creative (or weird) you can get with the breadth and depth of the Shutterstock library for a fraction of the cost of hiring a video team and paying for post-production. Other campaign videos include a mock trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things and a spoof promo video for Fyrefestival.

Given that some experts are doubting the reality of NASA’s plan to return to the moon by 2024 and that American kids today would rather be famous YouTubers than astronauts, here’s how to create something “out of this world” with the space images and videos found in our library.

Decisions, decisions: we have over 280 million stock assets. So whether you’re looking for an animation of a space launch system taking off, an astronaut landing on a moon lunar mission, or a beautiful cat in outer space, we most likely have it. We also have the soundtrack to your next lunar-themed project with our “To the Moon” collection.

Beautiful cat in outer space by Vadim Sadovski.

Liftoff in 10, 9, 8…

But that’s not all. In addition to the moon landing video, we’re also counting down to the big day on our Twitter and Instagram channels with one post each day from July 10 leading up until the big day on the 20th.

Aside from the moon landing debate, there are also some other bigger and better discussions floating around out there — calling all flat Earthers! Our Instagram post opening up the flat Earth debate has led to lively chatter from our followers.

One writes, “The sun is flat.” Another in response to the moon landing hoax: “. . . sure Elon Musk was there in his car . . .” referring to the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, which designs and manufactures rockets and spacecraft that one day could take us regular folk to the moon.

On Twitter, the debate is heating up. On day three of the countdown, we asked, “Do you think aliens have landed on earth?” One follower wrote, “We only hear about crashes. I do hope they managed one or two successful landings.”

Inspired to recreate the historic lunar landing in time for the anniversary? Take advantage of our promo to download space imagery and footage. Use code APOLLO11 at checkout for 11% off images and videos. Offer ends 07/31/19. See video pricing.