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.
And Adam, if you’re reading this: I will give you a million bajillion dollars for your lander model!
Links to this Post
- Mythbusters on the Moon Hoax Topic - Page 4 - Bad Astronomy and Universe Today Forum | August 6, 2008
- Moon Hoax Mythbuster « Steve Fischer’s Work Blog | August 7, 2008
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