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Russia mission will 'verify US Moon landings'

Posted on Sunday, 25 November, 2018 | Comment icon 41 comments

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin (on the right). Image Credit: YouTube / Kinochronics
The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has jokingly talked about debunking Apollo conspiracy theories.
While NASA and SpaceX have been making plans to land humans on the Moon and Mars, Russia's space agency has been making similar plans of its own.

Chief among these are proposals for a permanent presence on the Moon beginning with a robotic lander in the late 2020s and the first manned mission to the lunar surface in 2030.

There could however be another reason why Russia wants to go to the Moon and it is all to do with the rivalry between it and the United States during the original space race from the 1950s to the 1970s.

During a recent questions and answers session, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin made a rather tongue-in-cheek remark in reply to a question from someone asking whether or not he believed the United States actually did land on the Moon back in 1969.

"We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they've been there or not," he said.

While the exchange may have simply been a light-hearted joke, there is no denying that conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo landings have been rife in Russia for decades.

If Russian cosmonauts did make it to the Moon, it is not outside the realm of possibility that they may want to visit the landing sites in an effort to put the matter to rest once and for all.

Source: ITV News | Comments (41)

Tags: Moon, Russia, Apollo

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by toast on 30 November, 2018, 9:07
An underground base would be good idea for the reason of radiation protection but a very bad idea because of the expenditure required. Just calculate the weight of the equipment, excavator and related, that is of need to build a habitat that will fit for, lets say, 4 persons. Add to that value the weight of the habitat equipment, like shelter/energy plant/life support systems/research equipment, a kind of port, emergency escape infrastructure and a lot of other stuff as well. An approximate estimation would be something around 50tons=50.000kgs in total. I dont know the actual rate to lift one ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by aztek on 30 November, 2018, 17:25
lamo, sure Russians will verify, that is hilarious.  
Comment icon #34 Posted by seanjo on 30 November, 2018, 17:53
Comment icon #35 Posted by Robotic Jew on 3 December, 2018, 19:35
Eek...What if the moon isn't held together well enough for digging and it splits in half?? 
Comment icon #36 Posted by Myles on 11 December, 2018, 13:21
Apparently there is another NBA star who isn't very smart.   Steph Curry said he doesn't believe NASA landed on the moon.  
Comment icon #37 Posted by qxcontinuum on 13 December, 2018, 3:14
Too late; NASA has already destroyed the landing tapes and all of its unique historical achievment erased from memory... how convenient
Comment icon #38 Posted by Obviousman on 13 December, 2018, 7:33
That's not true. You do know that, don't you? Exactly what portion of the "landing tapes" do you claim has been "destroyed"? References, please, so everyone can check your accuracy of your statement and judge for themselves.
Comment icon #39 Posted by qxcontinuum on 14 December, 2018, 4:31
Comment icon #40 Posted by Obviousman on 14 December, 2018, 7:38
OK, that shows your ignorance of what happened (no offence - being ignorant of something simply means you are not aware of things). The original transmission was what was called Slow scan TV (SSTV). I'd recommend you reading how it was done here: The SSTV tapes were re-used because they were not necessary. The original footage - and all subsequent footage - has always been available.
Comment icon #41 Posted by aztek on 18 December, 2018, 20:25
soviets were tracking every moon landing, there was no question about landing with soviet space centers. they knew we went there.  Russia however seems to be a backward country these days. where they often confuse cause and effect, no wonder their new agency dances to political agenda. and says idiotic things, our moon landing is just a tip of the iceberg

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