Mythbusters and the Fake Moon Landings

On Wednesday, August 27th, Mythbusters will take on the Apollo moon landing hoax.  I think they are trying to debunk the myth that the moon landings were faked.  But I’m not sure, and they’re not saying.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage appeared to have a lot of fun filming the show, working with NASA, taking low-gravity flights to simulate the moon’s gravity, doing just about everything they could to reproduce the moon landing short of going to the moon.

Phil Plait (from Bad Astronomy, a great web site worth visiting if you’ve never heard of it before) was on hand to provide advice.  He wrote about the very bad Fox TV show years ago that tried to make the myth sound plausible, and went into long explanations (too long, actually) to debunk each of the myth’s claims.

Mythbusters is a fun, light-hearted program to watch; this upcoming show should be entertaining to anyone with even a passing interest in space and astronomy.

I’ll leave it to the reader to decide if the claims of fake moon landings are to be taken seriously.

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3 Responses to Mythbusters and the Fake Moon Landings

  1. ryan says:

    how come the flag was waving because there is no air or wind in the moon? and if armstrong was the first man who sat his foot, who took his picture? thanks pls enlighten me

  2. Paul says:

    The flag was waving simply because Neil Armstrong was holding it (and he was shaking, if ever so slightly). Once he let go the flag pole, which was very light and springy, the pole and flag oscillated for a few more seconds (as you might expect for a thin, springy pole) and then stopped.

    As far as the photograph is concerned, Neil Armstrong was the FIRST man on the moon. The second was Buzz Aldrin, who followed him down the ladder a few minutes after he stepped foot on the surface. It was Aldrin who took Armstrong’s photograph.

    I suppose it might have been “convenient” to fake a moon landing, but the technology and applied physics needed to get there actually existed the decade before. The landing was a great achievement but was not as technically challenging as history makes it seem, so no conspiracy was ever needed to make this impossible-looking feat possible. Granted it wasn’t a walk in the park, either, but well within our scientific capabilities.

    Thank you for your comment.

    BBD

  3. mercurior says:

    few problems, one part says the moon is ina vacuum, first it isnt.. it does have an atmosphere however small. second, if it was proved by them that is was a conspiracy then, would they be able to tell.

    same with the radar gun ones, or how to not get caught with a breathalyser, would they really tell people how to do things.

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