Reports that a Chinese lunar rover found no evidence that the moon landings were real are false. This is just one of many hoax stories that have stemmed from moon landing conspiracy theories.
According to PolitiFact, the fake claim was recently published by the Anti News Network, a disreputable news website. The article, which was first shared as early as 2013, claimed that the Chinese lunar rover found no proof that the American moon landings had ever happened. It purported:
A new scandal has happened after high ranking officials from the Chinese space program called the American moon landing “a complete hoax”, the Beijing Daily Express reports.
The claims came after the Chinese moon rover allegedly couldn’t find any proof of American landings on the Moon.
The rover took thousands of photos and after analyzing them the Chinese discovered that there’s no trace of these moon landings.
There is no truth to this report. The rumor has been circulating the internet for several years after it was published with different variations by websites such as NewsBiscuit and World News Daily Report, whose disclaimer notes that their articles are purely satirical:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Long-standing conspiracy theories claim that the moon landings were faked by the U.S. government. This hoax has, of course, been debunked numerous times over the years. China did, in fact, launch a lunar rover in 2013 but its mission had nothing to do with the Apollo mission. The Yutu rover revealed more about the moon’s complex history.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Chinese Lunar Rover Finding No Evidence of Moon Landings
CHINESE LUNAR ROVER FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF AMERICAN MOON LANDINGS https://t.co/jOzJOdEuId
— WorldTruth.TV (@WorldTruthTV) March 16, 2017
We all knew it was a Hollywood Production, Now the Chinese lunar rover finds no evidence of American moon landings – http://t.co/8BTKIldIYF
— HD Rebner (@hdrebner) December 20, 2013
Chinese lunar rover finds no evidence of American moon landings
‘They were never there at all’ http://t.co/BXlu9Vv9S2
— Christoph Heer (@ChristophHeer52) October 2, 2014
— alan cocks (@candtalan) December 19, 2014
Chinese Lunar Rover Finds No Evidence Of American Moon Landings! https://t.co/esUp1SXoRd
— BatikoyBritishEng. (@EngBatikoy) March 10, 2017
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