Mythbusters and the Fake Moon Landings

August 26, 2008

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.