With a sneer, the official says that Russia will check the landings on the moon

MOSCOW – The head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said that a proposed Russian mission on the moon will have the task of verifying that the American moon landings are real, even if it seems to be joking.

"We set this goal to fly and see if we were there or not," said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted on Twitter on Saturday.

Rogozin was answering a question about whether NASA had actually landed on the moon about 50 years ago. They seemed to be joking, smiling and shrugging, answering. But the conspiracies surrounding NASA's lunar missions are common in Russia.

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

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