The notorious unspoken competition between the United Stated and Russia came to an end when Americans finally released footage of the first moon landing in human history, presumably winning the race.
The harmony only lasted for a short period of time before conspiracy theory enthusiast and skeptics alike started questioning whether or not the moon landing really happen or if it was all one big, flashy hoax.
The conspiracy theory started birthing even more sparks in recent years due to the tense relationship between the two countries. It’s not just the Russians who question the truth behind the story either. In 2012, director Rodney Ascher released a documentary titled “Room 237” about legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
The film is compiled of interviews given by various film critics, all analyzing the well-known masterpiece The Shinning and offering various interpretations of it. The most popular one explains how Kubrick basically modified Stephen King’s story as much as he did in order to indirectly show audiences the struggles that he went through with his family and with himself as a direct result of shooting fake footage of the moon landing.
The documentary calls the moon landing footage released by NASA a Hollywood production and some of the most memorable commentaries refer to the little boy’s Apollo 11 sweater, a carpet pattern that mimicked the spacecraft’s launching pad and a background light in the official moon landing footage that looked exactly like one Kubrick used in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
Now, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Russian government’s official Investigative Committee, told Moscow Times that he wants to launch a Russian investigation into the American moon landing.
He would very much like to know where the original film footage of the 1969 moon landing has disappeared to and strongly believes that the case should be investigated. He is also wondering where the lunar rocks collected are.
But he also stressed that he’s not implying that the United States shot fake footage and that the first moon landing was a hoax. Instead he believes that everyone loses if that proof of that particular slice in human history remains lost forever.
Markin wrote an op-ed for Russian paper Izvestia saying that “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”.
Truth be told the disappeared of the footage is somewhat sketchy as NASA, the great preserver of space history, has admitted in 2009 that it deliberately deleted the footage of the first moon landing along with 200.000 other tapes in order to save some money.
NASA has since restored the footage by tapping into other sources, however their initial decision to delete it remains more than a little bizarre.