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Russia mission will 'verify US Moon landings'

By T.K. Randall
November 25, 2018 · Comment icon 74 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 (74)

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Comment icon #65 Posted by Dark_Grey 5 years ago
The only way to view the landing sites is via NASA's lunar orbiter. You can see how that spark ignites a tinder box of conspiracy questions. The article's author responds to a similar comment by basically saying it's a fact we went to the moon so there's no point in trying to verify it. I get what this guy is saying, but he seems to be taking all of this for granted. Richard Branson or Elon Musk needs to dip in to their coffee money and build a scope capable of looking at individual grains of sand on the moon. Then take super HD pics of the landing site and release the photos for free. That'... [More]
Comment icon #66 Posted by toast 5 years ago
That comment sums up pretty well that your understanding of the matter is below zero. FYI, the Moon`s surface is much bigger than a basketball court.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Hazzard 5 years ago
Im afraid that wont make the slightest difference. These woo woos will just claim that he is in on the conspiracy for whatever reason. Also, Im never posting to  change the No Moonies minds or try to prove them wrong,... Im posting for the silent readers and for those still on the fence. 
Comment icon #68 Posted by bknight 5 years ago
"Richard Branson or Elon Musk needs to dip in to their coffee money and build a scope capable of looking at individual grains of sand on the moon" Do you realize how absurd this statement is?  Currently the largest optical telescope on Earth(Keck in Hawaii) has a mirror diameter of 10 m.  "Resolving the larger lunar rover (which has a length of 3.1 meters) would still require a telescope 75 meters in diameter."  From: S... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by Dark_Grey 5 years ago
Hence the need for a billionaire's pocket book 
Comment icon #70 Posted by Peter B 5 years ago
Dark_Grey said: That may be true to a point, but it goes against what the engineers say who worked on various parts of the Apollo project. According to accounts I've read, engineers were expected to know everything about the component they were working on - not just how it worked but what components it relied on and what components relied on it. Sure, that's still not the same as every employee and contractor having the complete blueprints in their desks, but it points to a high level of connectivity rather than compartmentalisation. Yep. I don't have a problem with not using the mirrors as an... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by Peter B 5 years ago
Oh hang it, what's going on...look, just ignore the quote boxes below, I messed up the formatting somehow... Agreed (that proving the reality of Apollo is hard to do for ordinary people if you mean starting from absolute basics). Almost all big conspiracy theories grow because of a rudimentary understanding of the subject. There is enough knowledge to make theories or question the source material but not enough knowledge to prove or disprove those theories fully. However it should be understood that at no time during the existence of Project Apollo was make it possible for ordinary people to... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by Peter B 5 years ago
    The issue isn't money. It's engineering and physics. And even if somehow such a telescope was built, it wouldn't be as though you could peer through an eye-piece to see what the telescope is aimed at: instead the telescope's image would be projected on a TV screen, whereupon the Hoax Believers would just say that image could have come from anywhere. Or that the stuff you're looking at was placed there by NASA some time in the last couple of decades. There are some people who simply can't be - don't want to be - convinced. At this point it's better to follow Hazzard's advice above: ...pos... [More]
Comment icon #73 Posted by brian100 5 years ago
Or the Russians can land where the US has planted the flag and pull it out on national TV.  That would do it for me.
Comment icon #74 Posted by Peter B 5 years ago
Why would the Russians bother to land at one of the Apollo sites? Why not land somewhere different and explore something new? What you're suggesting is like travelling to another country and instead of visiting the tourist attractions you go to a park to check out the park bench a friend said he sat on. In any case, the hard core hoax believers would simply say that the Americans sent the gear up to the landing sites some time between the dates of the missions and the arrival of the Russian spacecraft.

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