Is it just a well-publicized case of sour grapes? According to an editorial published yesterday in the Russian newspaper Izvestia, the US moon landings should be investigated. Vladimir Markin, a spokesperson for Russia’s official Investigative Committee, believes that probing the moon landings could unearth previously unknown information regarding the now historic space missions.
A Moscow Times translation reports that Markin is specifically interested in some missing original footage from the first US moon landing in 1969. He is also concerned about the location of missing moon rocks that were brought to earth following a number of space missions.
Markin noted: “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.”
Markin’s op-ed piece is not expected to cause anyone at NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) any concern. In fact, according to research confirmed by Reuters, in 2009 NASA erased 200,000 tapes including the original moon landing recordings in an effort to save money.
Using recordings from numerous other sources such as CBS News, NASA technicians have since restored copies of the moon landing. In fact, they report that the restored tapes are actually superior in quality.
What then, you ask, are Markin’s motives in calling for a probe into the US moon landings? According to The Moscow Times, his opinion piece also mentioned that “U.S. authorities had crossed a line by launching a large-scale corruption probe targeting nine FIFA officials.”
Earlier this month, FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) President Sepp Blatter officially declared he would resign from the world soccer organization in the midst of a continuing probe into corruption. Markin concluded: “U.S. prosecutors have declared themselves the supreme arbiters of international football affairs.”
Some speculate that Markin is concerned that the investigation may affect the FIFA’s decision to permit Russia to host the 2018 World Cup. Others believe he hopes one investigation will draw attention away from the other. Still others believe it to be nothing more than a political case of “sour grapes”.
Russian Official Wants Probe Into US Moon Landings