The head of Russia’s Roscosmos told the media over the weekend that his agency has a mission on the books that aims to find out once and for all if the United States really did put men on the moon in the 1960s and 70s — though it seems likely that the former deputy prime minister was kidding, despite how his remarks have been presented in the media.

In the decades since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, there has been a growing contingent of conspiracy theorists claiming that the entire Apollo program was a hoax perpetrated by the U.S. government amidst an increasingly tense Cold War. The evidence these theorists cite may not often withstand much of a critical eye — but there’s something about the idea of such a dramatic conspiracy that seems to keep people coming back for more.

In fact, the world over, belief that the United States faked the moon landing has actually gone up in recent decades — with a reported 25% of America’s allies in the U.K. self-identifying as “skeptical” of America’s moon-claims, and perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly a third of Russians believing the entire Apollo program was a carefully crafted hoax. Here at NEWSREP, we’ve already dug into some of the more prominent conspiracy theories regarding the moon landing, as well as the mountain of evidence to show that the Apollo missions were real. The evidence that the United States reached the moon in 1969 is overwhelming — but historic evidence alone doesn’t seem to be enough to squash this lasting theory.

That’s where Russia’s NASA equivalent, Roscosmos, comes in. In remarks to the media over the weekend, recently appointed head of the agency, Dmitry Rogozin, told the press that his space agency has plans to fly a lunar satellite over at least one of the Apollo landing sites, where it will be able to confirm the presence of American hardware and assess whether or not Armstrong and company ever truly set foot on our nearest neighbor.