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NASA had to abort its involvement with "off the wall" Apollo 18

Sep. 2, 2011by: Paul Tassi

This sort of sounds sad to say, but getting good play in the movies is important for NASA these days. With its budget scrapped so we can keep having wars for indefinite periods of time, it has to rely on its image with the public to make people care about space travel again.

This often means working with various films or TV shows to show the agency in a good light, as any interest in space is ultimately good for the agency, even if the film itself is fictionalized.

NASA tried to work with the APOLLO 18 team to do just that, as the "found footage" fictional film seemed like it might be right up their alley. Unfortunately, the film is so ridiculous, they had to actually retract their help.

"The science was just so off the wall that eventually we felt, 'You guys go ahead and make your movie.' If there's something that's going to be so misleading to the public that we don't want to participate, then we'll say no," said Ulrich. "The big thing is, we want to make sure we're not misleading the public completely. So if all of a sudden there's a change in what was shot or a change in the storyboard, they're supposed to inform us."

Well, that has me sort of curious as I'd think the film must pull some pretty ridiculous tricks to cause NASA to throw up their hands and walk out. They even worked with Michael Bay for a few scenes for TRANSFORMERS 3, so APOLLO 18's violations must be particularly aggregious. 

Extra Tidbit: NASA says ARMAGEDDON is the most scientifically inaccurate movie ever made.
Source: LA Times

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1:04PM on 09/02/2011

fuck NASA

actually no, fuck the US Government for fucking NASA. I realize I'll probably get a bunch of thumbs down for that but that's fucking retarded what they did with all the NASA cuts. Despicable.
actually no, fuck the US Government for fucking NASA. I realize I'll probably get a bunch of thumbs down for that but that's fucking retarded what they did with all the NASA cuts. Despicable.
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10:03AM on 09/03/2011
"APOLLO 18's violations must be particularly aggregious."
Some might even say... egregious.
"APOLLO 18's violations must be particularly aggregious."
Some might even say... egregious.
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3:52PM on 09/02/2011

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yeah billy bob could never work for mission control
yeah billy bob could never work for mission control
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6:52PM on 09/02/2011
"They even worked with Michael Bay for a few scenes for TRANSFORMERS 3, so APOLLO 18's violations must be particularly aggregious." ..... I laughed my ass off at that.
"They even worked with Michael Bay for a few scenes for TRANSFORMERS 3, so APOLLO 18's violations must be particularly aggregious." ..... I laughed my ass off at that.
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12:20PM on 09/02/2011

I love Argmaggedon

Definitely a guilty pleasure. It may be inaccurate, but damn does it make you excited for space travel but then you go baaaaaaaaaaawwwwwww when you realize that the Govt kinda killed that for awhile. I'll just listen to Ben Affleck singing "leaving on a jet plane" and cry myself to sleep.
Definitely a guilty pleasure. It may be inaccurate, but damn does it make you excited for space travel but then you go baaaaaaaaaaawwwwwww when you realize that the Govt kinda killed that for awhile. I'll just listen to Ben Affleck singing "leaving on a jet plane" and cry myself to sleep.
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12:21PM on 09/02/2011
I love "Armageddon" as well. Guilty!
I love "Armageddon" as well. Guilty!
3:18PM on 09/02/2011
Exactly Burton. And we had an aging shuttle fleet and something was always breaking. Its not like they run down to the hardware store for a new one and the parts arent cheap. And I wouldnt want to go into space after that dick move from China. They tested a anti-satellite missile which caused 300,000 pieces new debris in that debris cloud circling the earth, disrupting what the world spent years trying to control
Exactly Burton. And we had an aging shuttle fleet and something was always breaking. Its not like they run down to the hardware store for a new one and the parts arent cheap. And I wouldnt want to go into space after that dick move from China. They tested a anti-satellite missile which caused 300,000 pieces new debris in that debris cloud circling the earth, disrupting what the world spent years trying to control
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12:15PM on 09/02/2011

Been saying this since the first trailer...

I watched the trailer months ago and laughed my ass off seeing all the inaccuracies of the environment, the situation, etc. The one that makes me laugh the hardest is seeing them inside the capsule with normal gravity.
I watched the trailer months ago and laughed my ass off seeing all the inaccuracies of the environment, the situation, etc. The one that makes me laugh the hardest is seeing them inside the capsule with normal gravity.
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9:52AM on 09/04/2011
Reality doesn't always make for good fiction.
Reality doesn't always make for good fiction.
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8:02PM on 09/02/2011
didn't even know NASA waa involved with this movie. Maybe this means the movie is based more in truth than we thought. LOL!
didn't even know NASA waa involved with this movie. Maybe this means the movie is based more in truth than we thought. LOL!
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2:50PM on 09/02/2011
Cutting NASA's funding makes sense. When I'm broke, I tend to not go on expensive trips. America's broke. So no expensive trips to space for awhile. Makes sense.
Cutting NASA's funding makes sense. When I'm broke, I tend to not go on expensive trips. America's broke. So no expensive trips to space for awhile. Makes sense.
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3:06PM on 09/02/2011
That stimulus bill we passed a couple years back...the $787 package that was used to infuse money to the economy. NASA's lifetime budget since inception was not even that much. Getting rid of the Bush Tax Cuts could have easily saved NASA for another decade, at least. The government fucked NASA up and I doubt, as a 26 year old, I will ever see another shuttle launch on US soil, and that's pathetic.
That stimulus bill we passed a couple years back...the $787 package that was used to infuse money to the economy. NASA's lifetime budget since inception was not even that much. Getting rid of the Bush Tax Cuts could have easily saved NASA for another decade, at least. The government fucked NASA up and I doubt, as a 26 year old, I will ever see another shuttle launch on US soil, and that's pathetic.
6:35AM on 09/03/2011
No more expensive trips to Iraq or Afghanistan makes more sense. The numerous technological innovations and scientific discoveries NASA has brought us have been priceless. All for less than 1% of our taxes. You're so ignorant it hurts.
No more expensive trips to Iraq or Afghanistan makes more sense. The numerous technological innovations and scientific discoveries NASA has brought us have been priceless. All for less than 1% of our taxes. You're so ignorant it hurts.
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