MOSCOW – The head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said that the Russian mission proposed to the moon would be given the task of verifying that the American moon landing was real.
"We have set this goal to fly and verify whether they already exist or not," Dmitry Rogozin said in a video posted Saturday on Twitter.
Rogozin responded to the question about whether NASA actually landed nearly 50 years ago. He looked joking, when he grinned and shrugged as he answered. But conspiracies around NASA's moon mission often occur in Russia.
The Soviet Union left its lunar program in the mid-1970s after four experimental moon rockets exploded.
In 2015, a former spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee called for an investigation into NASA's moon landing.