Not True: Chinese Lunar Rover Finds No Evidence Of American Moon Landings

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Early this week it was reported that the Chinese lunar rover found no evidence of the American moon landing. This is not true and is a fake news story.

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Not True

The false claim was introduced by a satirical news site called World News Daily Report. In the article, it is stated that the Chinese lunar rover had found no evidence that America had landed on the moon in 1969, and that administrators of the Chinese Space Program had created a petition in an attempt to get information from NASA and the United States government on the subject. According to the false story, the United States had faked the moon landing in an effort to gain the edge in the space race with the Soviet Union.

Nvidia, the Chinese Rover, and a Mislabeled Picture

This World News Daily Report article follows a viral story earlier in the week that claimed Nvidia had proven that the moon landings were real and not hoaxed through the development of a new complex graphics software which examined the lighting of the original moon landing films.

It is true that the Chinese Space Program launched a lunar rover which landed on the moon in December of 2013. However, it is untrue that the Chinese rover has found no evidence of an American moon landing. The picture included with the World News Daily Report is of the Chinese lunar rover, but the photograph was taken from a website called Parabolic Arc. According to Parabolic Arc, the Chinese lunar rover landed on a part of the moon called Sinus Iridum.

Apparently, World News Daily Report is not the first fictional satire website to claim that the Chinese lunar rover had discovered no evidence of Americans landing on the moon. In December of 2013, similar stories were released by satirical websites Rock City Times and News Biscuit.

World News Daily Report

At the top of each page of the World News Daily Report website, there is a disclaimer link that lets readers know the nature of the site’s publications. Here is a quoted sentence from that disclaimer, “All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news”. Somehow many readers miss this as a viral sharing spread makes its way through social media.

Bottom Line

The Chinese lunar rover did not find evidence that debunks the American moon landings. The article which makes this claim comes from a fictional news site called World News Daily Report, and follows a viral story about Nvidia proving the moon landings were not hoaxed. Similar articles appeared on other satirical sites in December of  2013 after the Chinese lunar rover landed on the moon.

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