Russian Official is Calling Bullshit on Apollo Moon Missions

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In May of 2015, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations launched an official criminal investigation into the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) regarding some fun crimes like money laundering, bribery, and fraud. The controversial attempt at targeting corruption within the association’s leadership put a real damper on Russia’s bid for the 2018 World Cup and halted the bids for the 2026 location as well. This really pissed off Vladimir Markin, the official spokesperson for the Russian Investigative Commission. In a clear attempt at revenge, he’s now calling for an official investigation into the “murky details” surrounding the Apollo Project’s moon landings.

It’s hardly a secret that a considerably large chunk of people think that the United States faked the moon landings. According to recent opinion polls, approximately 20% of Americans and 28% of Russians believe that the six landings over the course of 1969-1972, we’re staged. The possibility that the entire lunar project was filmed in a studio, or on a secret military base in an effort to win the Space Race is still a crowd favorite of conspiracy theorists. So it should come as no surprise, that Russia is a wee bit curious about the entire venture as well.

FIFA World CupMarkin got so pissed that the U.S. “crossed the line” with their corruption investigation into nine prominent FIFA officials, that he felt it was his mission to highlight some dirt of the  U.S. has as well. In an op-ed piece for Izvestia News, Markin bitches about the U.S.’s involvement in sporting affairs when it is clear there should be other matters that take precedence. He further cries foul on corrupt officials investigating corruption making sure to mention the 1994 U.S. World Cup, along with alleged U.S. war crimes in Eastern Ukraine.

Markin claims he doesn't doubt the veracity of the moon landings but is rather going after the seemingly destroyed evidence and the missing moon rock samples.

Now, this just looks like gibberish to me, “А еще можно помочь провести международное расследование, куда пропала кинопленка, снятая астронавтами на Луне, или где спрятаны и более никому не показаны 400 кг лунного грунта.” But lucky for us, the Moscow Times translated Markin’s rant for us:

“We are not contending that they did not fly [to the moon], and simply made a film about it. But 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.”

Some of these claims have been investigated previously, but that doesn’t mean were anymore satisfied with the answers. In 2009, NASA admitted that the original tapes from the 1969 moon walk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had been deleted and recorded over, much like To The Star’s writer Jason McClellan’s Phoenix Lights UFO footage (feel free to give him a hard time). Now, why the original footage was included in a batch of 200,000 tapes that were magnetically erased to save money is beyond me. If we were to find out that they choose that footage for the magnetic death over, let’s say NASA’s Christmas party footage from 1970, well, then we would have some major questions.

There’s also missing moon rocks, or so it’s alleged. During the entirety of the moon landings, approximately 838 lbs were said to have been brought back to Earth. The majority of the lunar treasure is housed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Texas while other samples are on display in museums scattered all around the world. So the question is if indeed samples are missing, who stole them? Why? And where are they now?

Markin isn’t wrong in his statement about the cultural importance of these artifacts for all of humanity. The fact that these tapes were deleted, even though NASA “restored the footage” using copies from various news agencies is pretty fishy, at the very least, an example of poor decision making. But it’s not a death sentence on the lunar landings.

Over the past four decades, every photo and every second of footage have been heavily scrutinized by both proponents and opponents of the landing. Let’s look at a few of the images conspiracists have beef with:

Top “Evidence” the Moon Landing was Hoaxed According to Conspiracists:

1. The “flapping” flag:
The images of the flag planted on the moon’s surface look as if the flag is blowing in the wind, peculiar since that would be impossible in the vacuum of space. NASA claims that the flag was merely crumpled up and on a T-stand. During the process of placing the flag in the ground, caused movement thus the flapping could be attributed to these factors.
2. The appearance of multiple light sources:
Since the moon’s sole light source is the sun, some found it mighty strange that shadows on various photos were falling in different directions suggesting the presence of studio lights. But as some have pointed out, there were multiple light sources. Not only do you have the sun, but also the reflective lunar surface, Earth, and the lunar lander and reflections off the astronaut's space suits.
3. The noticeable lack of stars in images:
Where are the stars? Countless images taken during the landings have the vast, black backgrounds associated with nothingness. If we can see stars in our images from Earth, why would we not be able to see them in outer space? National Geographic explains, “the moon's surface reflects sunlight, and that glare would have made stars difficult to see. Also, the astronauts photographed their lunar adventures using fast exposure settings, which would have limited incoming background light.”

So where does this leave us?

There are countless other tidbits that people swear by, and in turn NASA has come up with an explanation for each debated point. You can read more of the conspiracy theories here: Top Ten Apollo Hoax Theories.

On the defense, there has also been third-party evidence to suggest that we did indeed land on the moon. Lunar space probes from both Japan and India have captured images showing the tracks of the lunar lander which moved the astronauts across the moon's terrain.

The fact that this slightly spiteful investigation was born over a heated controversy about football (or soccer for you ‘mericans) is hilarious. I’d like to see a game of astronaut football on the moon, maybe there’s a reason the two are now intertwined. Nevertheless, it’s doubtful any official investigation will solve the controversy surrounding the Apollo Project. Those who believe the government conspired to hoax the landings are going to stick firm to their beliefs, and those who strongly believe that some brave men left their footprints in moon dust will remain supporters. Investigate away Russia, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the results.

What’re your thoughts? Do you side with the conspiracy angle or do you think that we’ve indeed put a man on our moon? Let us know your devious thoughts in the comments below!

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