Former Polish cosmonaut Miroslaw Hermaszewski stated the following at the end of an interview at a conference where he was the honored guest:
Interviewer: “You’ve been there! Is earth Really a sphere hanging in outer space?”
Hermaszewski: “Earth is flat … as some expect … I didn’t expect this question … I assure you: It’s flat.”
Interviewer: “We interview General Miroslaw Hermaszewski – so far the first and last Pole in space. Thank you for the interview.”
Hermaszweski: “Thank you. My pleasure.”
The entire interview can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zJBsg4Uc3k&t=610s
Miroslaw Hermaszewski is not just any cosmonaut. He is a national hero in Poland. He is a retired Brigadier General who flew aboard the Soviet Soyuz 30 spacecraft in 1978 and is the only Pole who has ever flown in what is called outer space. He was elected to the Mazovian Regional Assembly, which is a regional parliamentary body in Poland. President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaniewski, awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2003 to General Hemaszewski. General Hermaszewki is so popular in Poland that at a 2018 event, he attracted an overflow crowd that gathered to hear him speak. Autograph seekers swamped him.
Some have alleged that Hermaszewski was using deadpan sarcasm. But it was not really deadpan. He did smile, which is not something one does while being deadpan. But his smile was not spontaneous; it was an insincere, contrived, nervous smile. He also anxiously looked around, and he awkwardly took a sip from what is clearly an empty cup. He seemed very uncomfortable making the statement that the earth is flat. He seemed not to think it was funny as he became solemn and morose as the interview came to a close. There is no doubt that Hermaszewski has been living a lie of having gone into outer space, which does not exist, and he may have viewed this as an opportunity to unburden his conscience. It is much the same way Buzz Aldrin cryptically admitted that he never went to the moon.
Buzz Aldrin was interviewed at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2015, by an 8-year old girl named Zoey. In response to a question from Zoey, Aldrin admitted that the reason nobody has returned to the moon since the Apollo missions is that NASA did not go there in the first place. Aldrin, who has a history of alcohol abuse, sounded intoxicated during the interview. In that state of inebriation, Aldrin inadvertently let the cat out of the bag.
Zoey: “Why has nobody been to the moon in such a long time?”
Buzz Aldrin: “That’s not an 8-year old’s question. That’s my question. I want to know. But I think I know. Because we didn’t go there. And that’s the way it happened. And if it didn’t happen, it’s nice to know why it didn’t happen. So in the future, if we want to keep doing something, we need to know why something stopped in the past that we wanted to keep it going.”