Rus­sia plans moon shot

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THE head of Rus­sia’s Roscos­mos space agency has said a pro­posed 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 Twit­ter.

Mr 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 while an­swer­ing. But con­spir­a­cies sur­round­ing Nasa’s moon mis­sions are com­mon in Rus­sia.

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

In 2015, a for­mer spokesman for the Rus­sian In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Nasa moon land­ings.

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