Calling for ‘international investigations’ into the ‘murky’ details surrounding the Apollo Moon missions is normally the preserve of 4chan and tinfoil hat-wearers. But now, you can add Russian Investigative Commission spokesperson Vladimir Markin to that illustrious list.
Markin penned a column for the Izvestia newspaper, arguing that US officials have made themselves the ‘supreme arbiters of international football’, in relation to the ongoing FIFA scandal. From there, Markin swiftly changes tack to a number of other things that are worthy of an international investigation.
On the list is the 1994 USA World Cup (probably fair enough), war crimes in Eastern Ukraine (hahaha), and, somehow, the Apollo moon landings. According to Markin, the disappearance of the original footage and 400kg of lunar rocks is suspicious, and worthy of an international investigation.
“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,”
[Translation via Moscow Times]
For the record: NASA admitted it had erased the original tapes, as part of a mass-erase of 200,000 tapes, to save money. The moon rocks, on the other hand, are mostly in storage at the Johnson Space Center. Or are they? Mother Russia to the rescue. [Moscow Times]