Were US moon landings real? Russian space agency to tell

Updated: Nov 25, 2018, 10:55 IST | Agencies | Moscow

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

In this NASA file photo taken on July 20, 1969, US astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin deploy the US flag on the lunar surface
In this NASA file photo taken on July 20, 1969, US astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin deploy the US flag on the lunar surface

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 on 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.

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