Mythbustin' the Moon Hoax: Part 4

By Phil Plait | August 6, 2008 9:32 pm

I just got a note from someone working on promotion for the Discovery Channel: The Mythbusters Moon Hoax episode has a clip online at YouTube!

Awesommmmmmme! I really wish I could have been there to watch them film this. As it was, I (as well as NASA experts) talked to them at length about the composition of the lunar regolith; it’s not just dust, but particulate matter that is basically ground up lunar rocks. Micrometeorite impacts and "weathering" (disintegration caused by thermal extremes between day and night) pulverize the rock. Through a microscope it’s jagged and nasty looking, giving it unusual properties that Adam and Jamie had to duplicate. I still don’t know how they did it, so I’ll have to wait for the episode to air (August 27) to find out.

Adam and Jamie from the Mythbusters with an Apollo lunar lander model

And Adam, if you’re reading this: I will give you a million bajillion dollars for your lander model!

Previous Mythbustin’ the Moon Hoax posts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.


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