The United States and Russia may drift farther apart as Russia warns of an investigation into American moon landings.
Vladimir Markin’s statement which appeared in the Russian newspaper Izvestia on Tuesday points to the argument that such investigation could “reveal new insights into the historical space journeys.”
The Moscow Times published a translation of Markin’s original statement written in Russian talking about Markin’s plan to support a probe into the vanishing of the original footage from the first moon landing in 1969 as well as the whereabouts of lunar rock, which was brought back to earth during several missions.
Markin’s article, according to the Moscow Times translation, reads: “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 is a spokesman for the government’s official Investigative Committee.
Reportedly, NASA is not the least bothered. In 2009, Reuters reported NASA’s admission to deleting the original video recordings of the first moon landing among 200,000 other tapes in order to save money. However, NASA has since restored copies of the landing, using recordings derived from other sources such as CBS News. The organization says that due to restoration efforts, the recordings’ quality is superior to the “lost” original video.
NASA had also explained how the lunar soil and rock differ from that of the Earth’s. NASA’s website quoted David McKay, chief scientist for planetary science and exploration at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2011 to have said: “They differ from Earth rocks in many respects.”
Markin’s op-ed article raised questions regarding his intention behind the American moon landing probe. The Russian official had also written that “U.S. authorities had crossed a line by launching a large-scale corruption probe targeting nine FIFA officials,” says Markin according to the Moscow Times.
On June 2, FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared that he would eventually step down amidst an ongoing inquiry into widespread corruption at the organization. “U.S. prosecutors have declared themselves the supreme arbiters of international football affairs,” Markin criticized. He further argued that American investigators had “confused political bargaining with corruption”, referring to the speculation that former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder authorized military arms to be shipped to Saudi Arabia to aid Germany’s win in the 2006 World Cup.