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Yebenov, Profiri

Apollo 11

Apollo 11
Astronaut Edwin Aldrin egresses lunar module on lunar surface
Credit: NASA

Russian phantom cosmonaut. Moscow urban legend: Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon. Naked Soviet cosmonaut, stranded sometime before, assisted them in repairing their lunar module. Joke: Yebenov means 'f---d' in Russian.

Died: 1969-07-21.

A Moscow urban legend reported that the Apollo 11 astronauts were in fact stranded on the moon due to an engine malfunction. A naked Russian cosmonaut, Pofiri Yebenov, obviously stranded on the moon some time before, assisted them in repairing their lunar module so they could return safely to earth. Real-world cosmonaut Gregori Grechko went so far as to ask US moonwalker Aldrin if there was any truth to the story. An astounded Aldrin denied the story and confirmed that they had not encountered any human beings or wild life on the lunar surface. Perhaps Aldrin would have gotten the joke had he known that Yebenov means 'f---ked' in Russian....



Family: Phantom Cosmonaut. Country: Russia.

1969 July 21 - .
  • Death of Profiri Yebenov. Reportedly assisted the Apollo 11 astronauts in repair of the Lunar Module Eagle on the lunar surface, 21 July 1969. - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Yebenov. Russian phantom cosmonaut. Moscow urban legend: Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon. Naked Soviet cosmonaut, stranded sometime before, assisted them in repairing their lunar module. Joke: Yebenov means 'f---d' in Russian..


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