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Russia mission will 'verify US Moon landings'


Posted on Sunday, 25 November, 2018 | Comment icon 35 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 (35)

Tags: Moon, Russia, Apollo

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by Obviousman on 27 November, 2018, 20:31
When it involves technical matters beyond my - and indeed a lot of peoples - expertise then yes, I pay attention to people who have actual qualifications in that field.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Robotic Jew on 27 November, 2018, 20:50
I watch youtube. Lots of great videos there from basement experts.
Comment icon #28 Posted by South Alabam on 27 November, 2018, 22:04
Well the moon doesn't spin, therefore it must be flat, like earth. Oh and I know the Russians will "verify" it with CGI, like NASA does the flat earth we live on. Who can you trust these days?
Comment icon #29 Posted by NCC1701 on 29 November, 2018, 4:28
Putin will remove every trace of the Apollo landings.
Comment icon #30 Posted by bee on 29 November, 2018, 9:54
  Ahhhhh HA !! NOW we see how it's going to play out  Probably best if Russia sends astronauts to the Far Side so they can't be accused of that - But what if they find some Apollo stuff there - what a kerfuffle that will cause....  Not that anyone would believe it - so no one panic... 
Comment icon #31 Posted by Nzo on 30 November, 2018, 7:23
Well, for the advancement of human beings for one. We have a natural orbiting mini earth from which we can build on. Just send everything that would be needed to dig out a comfortable, reliable underground base. It can be used for scientific research. It can be used as a launch off base to the rest of the solar system. If we get advanced enough it can be used as a port where ships full of resources drop off their billions of tons of resources which are safely dropped back to earth. So many possibilities. Just imagine the possibilities.
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
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-sites.html
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?? 


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