The former head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, claimed he has spent ten years investigating to find concrete proof that NASA landed on the moon in 1969.
However, Rogozin claimed he found little evidence that the Apollo 11 Mission reached the lunar surface over 50 years ago.
“About ten years ago, when I worked in the Government, I sent an official request to Roskosmos to provide me with documentary evidence of the Americans’ stay on the moon, which at that time was still at the disposal of the federal agency,” Rogozin said in a post on Telegram on Sunday.
“I was painfully embarrassed by the fact that the Soviet cosmonauts returning from multi-day expeditions could barely stand on their feet and underwent a long recovery after such flights, and the Americans crawled out of their lunar ships like cucumbers from the garden.”
Rogozin said he submitted multiple requests to Roscosmos for proof that NASA landed on the moon in 1969.
However, the former Russian space boss said the only evidence he received was a book containing the account of Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov about his conversation with the American astronauts on their lunar mission.
Rogozin continued in the post:
“In 2018, when I went to work at the state corporation Roskosmos, I continued to search for this evidence, but I didn’t find anything there, except for the angry accusations of some of our fans of going to America at the expense of others, academicians, that I, they say, undermine the “sacred cooperation with NASA,” I also received one angry call from a high-ranking official accusing me of “aggravating the international situation” with my doubts.
Yes, I did not undermine or aggravate anything, but only by virtue of my nature I tried to get to the bottom of the details and establish, at least for myself, the true state of affairs in the issue of exploration of the moon by our competitors.
It was not clear to me how the United States, at that level of technological development of the 60s of the last century, did what they still cannot do now?”
In a poll in 2020, reported by IFLScience, almost half of Russians believe the 1969 lunar landings were a hoax orchestrated by the US government.
Rogozin was fired from this position at Roscosmos in 2022.
Since then, Rogozin has been vocal about the war in Ukraine.
In a now-deleted tweet, the former Space boss said Russia needs to put “an end” to Ukraine “once and for all,” adding, “Ukraine is an existential threat to the Russian people, Russian history, Russian language, and Russian civilization.”
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