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Apollo 18

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitFeb 22, 2011 4:36 PM

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Speaking of the Moon (and I was)... A few months ago I started hearing rumors about an upcoming scifi/horror movie called "Apollo 18", about a secret Apollo mission after the supposed last one. Sounded good to me, though I knew very little about it (and for a minute got it confused with what will no doubt be the really terrible third Transformers movie, which has at least one scene on the Moon). Anyway, the trailer for "Apollo 18" just came out:

[embed width="610"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsiKHZ-3fYQ[/embed]

I've been getting some emails about it, most of which are pretty critical. They either attack the trailer itself, or wonder if the Moon Hoaxers

will latch on to this as more evidence for their claims that NASA faked the Moon landings. First, the movie looks fine to me, if a bit silly; at worst another in a long series of ripoffs of "Alien" and those cheapo security cam haunted house movies that came out last year, and maybe at best a fun popcorn-munching diversion. Either way, I'll probably go see it and make up my mind then. As for the second, of course the Hoaxers will think this is evidence that NASA is covering something up; when they find a six week old Cheerio in their couch cushion it's evidence that NASA spent billions of dollars to build Moon sets but forgot to paint stars in the sky. And, of course, the movie comes out in a couple of months, on April 22... 39 years to the day after the second EVA of Apollo 16! COINCIDENCE? Well, yeah. But that Cheerio says otherwise.

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