I post this in GQ in hope it will attract answers as factual as possible, and not deteriorate into another “NASA moon pictures faked” thread.
Last night I was watching a great Australian film called “The Dish” - all about how a small outback town helped in the Apollo 13 effort by broadcasting pictures of the moon landings back to earth. In the film, there are several interesting montage sequences of original 1960s footage of the space race. One shot shows a state funeral type thing, with a coffin draped in a US flag.
I asked my friend (old enough to have lived through that era) about that. He mentioned there is another film - based either on ULs or “leaked” information - about how the Russians originally got to the moon first, but the four cosmonauts couldn’t get off. The Americans also sent up a solo man crew, and he sees the dead Russians, and you never find out if he gets off or not (but the implication is not).
Apparently this film was based on “leaked information” or downright conspiracy theory that the Russians did get four to the moon first, and also that America did send up one astronaut to the moon, but never got him back, and hushed him up. I know there are some transcripts of hacked satellite radio stuff of Russia’s space programme, and that it is fairly widely accepted that there were many undisclosed accidents in their programme.
Does anyone have any links to sites, or further information, about Russia actually getting to the moon first, but it being covered up?
Or of any cover-ups by NASA of accidents in space?