That does seem silly, also seems silly to not just go to the moon when the most expensive part of the whole endeavour is sending the rocket to space, something they could not have faked.Why would lizard men dress up as real men and pretend they are on the moon?
And what exactly is so crazy or far fetched about the Moon missions?
Some people would be saying the same thing about passenger airplanes if they had never seen or tried one. "What a perfectly absurd idea, something weighing hundreds of tons, flying through the air? Sounds about as insane as something that's hundreds of thousands of tons, and made of steel, floating on water? Even sailing between places? I say you are mad, good sir, mad!"