Response to Conspiracy Theories About US Moon Landing Program by Russian Space Agency Head

TapTechNews July 4th news, the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Yury Borisov, recently responded to the conspiracy theory about the US moon landing program. He said that the lunar soil samples collected by the US Apollo (Apollo) mission indeed came from the lunar surface.

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At a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, Borisov was asked if US astronauts really landed on the Moon. He indicated that one of the key evidences is that the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared the lunar soil samples collected by multiple manned moon landing missions with Soviet counterparts.

After the identification by our Academy of Sciences, these lunar soils do come from the Moon, Borisov assured the legislators and emphasized that these samples have been analyzed not only in the Soviet Union but also in many other countries.

TapTechNews noticed that Dmitry Rogozin, the former head of the Russian Space Agency, was more skeptical about the Apollo moon landing program. He said that although many people inside the Russian Space Agency supported the US claims, he himself had never seen conclusive evidence.

Although all of the US moon landing missions were closely monitored by its space competitor, the Soviet Union, since the astronaut Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969, conspiracy theorists have continuously questioned the authenticity of the Apollo program. They claim that the US moon landing was actually a hoax planned by NASA because after the Soviet Union became the first country to send humans into space, the US needed to respond urgently.

Over the years, many of the conspiracy theorists' arguments have been debunked, but according to polls, still, 5% to 20% of Americans think their country's moon landing program is just a fraud.

In Russia, a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) in 2020 showed that nearly 50% of the Russian people believe that the US government faked the Apollo moon landing program, and only 31% were quite sure that the US astronauts did step on the lunar surface.

The US stopped sending manned landers to the Moon after the Apollo 17 mission ended in December 1972. Earlier this year, a US-manufactured probe landed on the Moon again after more than half a century, but due to project delays, American astronauts will be able to return to the lunar surface as early as 2026.