Conspiracy theories on the moon landing claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA with the aid of other organizations. The most intriguing claim is that the six manned landings that took place from 1969-1972 were faked and that twelve Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon.
Several groups and individuals have made claims since the mid-1970s, that NASA and others knowingly misled the public into believing the landings happened, by manufacturing, tampering with, or destroying evidence including photos, telemetry tapes, radio and TV transmissions, Moon rock samples, and even some key witnesses.
The evidence supporting these theories is very convincing although it’s often dismissed as conspiracy theory. However, Russia appears to be taking the overwhelming evidence and taking it to the next level.
Russia now wants to investigate why the original footage from the moon landing has 'disappeared' and also various missing pieces of the lunar rock.
A report from the Washington Times indicated that the Russians are not contending that the U.S. did not fly to the moon, and simply made a film about it. However, the Russians are concerned about the scientific artifacts which are part of the legacy of humanity.
Back in 2009, NASA itself admitted that it had erased the original video recordings of the first moon landing among 200,000 other tapes in order to save money, according to Reuters.
The agency has since restored copies of the moon landing. NASA says that due to restoration efforts, the recordings’ quality is superior to the original one that has gone missing.
The agency has also emphasized on the uniqueness of lunar soil and rock in the past. Investigative Committee member Markin appears to be speculating about conspiracy theories surrounding U.S. moon landings that happened decades ago.