Disinfo: Unlike the USSR, the US yet has to reach the moon

Summary

Many reports indicate and confirm that the United States did not reach the moon … the former Soviet Union was the first to reach it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative based on one of the most common conspiracy theories in the world. There is a substantial amount of evidence that on July 20, 1969, astronauts landed on Earth's satellite for the first time in the history of mankind. Since then, a total of 12 American astronauts have visited the Moon.

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, experts from NASA posted a three-hour recording of the landing of the ship on the surface of Earth's satellite. While the American' Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969, the first human-made object to touch the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2, on 13 September 1959.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: USSR, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Moon landing, USSR

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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