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Russian Space Agency Chief Admits: Americans Did Walk on the Moon

By Jake Beardslee · July 6, 2024

The head of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, has officially acknowledged the authenticity of American moon landings. Yuri Borisov, addressing the State Duma, presented evidence supporting the U.S. lunar missions, IntelliNews reported.  NASA / Wikimedia

Borisov stated, "As for whether the Americans were on the Moon or not, I have one fact to share. I was personally interested in this matter. At one time, they provided us with a portion of the lunar soil that the astronauts brought back during their expedition."  NASA / Buzz Aldrin / Wikimedia

This lunar sample, analyzed by the Russian Academy of Sciences, was confirmed to be genuine moon material. The scientific verification supports the historical record of the Apollo missions, particularly the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.  Neil Armstrong / Wikimedia

Despite this official confirmation, skepticism about the moon landings has remained in Russian public opinion. A 2020 poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) revealed that less than a third of Russians believed in the authenticity of the American lunar expeditions, according to IntelliNews. The survey indicated that 49% of the population doubts the reality of the six manned Moon landings that occurred between 1969 and 1972.  NASA Neil A. Armstrong / Wikimedia

Interestingly, the poll highlighted a generational divide in beliefs. Skepticism was highest among those aged 45 and over, while younger people aged 18-24 showed the lowest levels of doubt.  Neil A. Armstrong / Wikimedia

The moon landings took place during the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, a period marked by rapid advancements in space technology.  various / Wikimedia

After stepping onto the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong stated, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind," a quote that has become closely associated with this historic event.  NASA / Wikimedia