Recent comments made by Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, have brought back memories when conspiracy theorists claimed that U.S. astronauts did not land on the moon between 1969 and 1972.
Actually, Comrade Markin doesn’t really believe that the U.S. did not land astronauts on the moon. Instead, he is calling for an international investigation into the loss of original film footage of some parts of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that – yes, it’s true – did, indeed, land on the moon. Markin also claims that moon rocks that U.S. astronauts collected on later missions are now missing.
He is calling for an international investigation to find out what happened to the missing artifacts. “All of these scientific – or perhaps cultural – artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity, and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss. An investigation will reveal what happened,” Markin wrote.
The Washington Post has reported that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which managed the moon landing missions, has admitted to erasing the original footage as well as 200,000 other tapes.
However, thanks to other sources like CBS News, NASA has been able to restore copies of the landing.
But there also seems to be another motive for Mr. Markin’s request. He appears to be more upset over the FBI’s investigation of corruption involving the International soccer (football) association, FIFA. So, in response, he is calling for investigations into “murkier elements of America’s past,” the Moscow Times reports.
Mr. Markin may have his own reasons, but some conspiracy theorists, to this day, still believe that the United States did not land astronauts on the moon.