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.
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