Just a short time ago I blogged about Russia’s Moon plans, and as a follow-up, Mr. N.P. and Mr. B (and a few others), noticed this curious story: It seems that Mr. Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roscosmos, joked to reporters about Russia’s plans to verify if the USA actually went to the Moon during the Apollo program, or not. Here’s two versions of the story:

Russia’s top space official says their mission to the moon will help verify conspiracy theory

Russia will check if Americans really went to the Moon – Roscosmos chief

And here’s the Business Insider‘s (the first link above) version:

The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real.

“We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they’ve been there or not,” said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted Saturday on Twitter.

Rogozin was responding to a question about whether or not NASA actually landed on the moon nearly 50 years ago. He appeared to be joking, as he smirked and shrugged while answering. But conspiracies surrounding NASA’s moon missions are common in Russia.

The Soviet Union abandoned its lunar program in the mid-1970s after four experimental moon rockets exploded.

In 2015, a former spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee called for an investigation into NASA moon landings. (Emphasis added)

And here’s RT’s version (the second link above):

Have the Americans been on the Moon or it’s just a hoax as conspiracy theorists claim? All questions will be answered when the Russian cosmonauts visit the Earth’s satellite, Russia’s space boss, promised.

“We’ve set such a task – to go there and check if they were there or not,”Dmitry Rogozin joked in response to the popular question about the moon exploration. “The Americans say – they’ve been there. We’ll verify that.”

Switching to a more serious tone, he said that no country is currently capable of fulfilling a successful lunar program on its own. Russia (is) expecting to cooperate with the US in exploring the Earth’s satellite, Rogozin said as he visited a Russian spacecraft engine manufacturer in Moscow. (Boldface emphasis added)

Now, if you’re like me, you like to read between the lines a bit, especially when it’s coming from Russia, and especially when it’s coming from the head of its space program, and especially if the head of said Russian space program appears to be joking. Uh huh…. nod nod, wink wink, elbow jab. Now, just for the record, I’m not an Apollo hoaxer, i.e., I’m notone of those who believe we didn’t go at all, and that the whole thing was hoaxed on a movie set, in some versions, courtesy of Stanley Kubrick. But on the other hand, I’m notone of those entirely dismissive of the “problems” that the hoaxers have spotted, some of which to my mind are not real problems, and others which honestly are. So I’m one of those who questions certain details in the overall narrative. One of my chiefest problems with the “complete hoax” scenario has always been why the Soviet Union didn’t blow the lid off of it right away, which they could easily have done. Why remain silent about it? After all, the Cold War was in full swing, Richard Nixon was in the White House, Leonid Brezhnev was in the Kremlin.

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. He is the author of the following books in the field of alternative research: The Giza Death Star The Giza Death Star Deployed and a great many more... He is currently researching and writing two more books, plus jointly writing a second e-book with Dr. de Hart.