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    Another fake Moon --this time from Greenwich
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 Apr 19, 09:41 -0700

    You'll recall this "fake Moon" from last month (from the movie "Splash" released in 1984):

    You might think that this curious mis-use of an Apollo 11 image showing the Moon halfway around to the far side, a view quite impossible from Earth, would have ended by now. But no, it turns out even the venerable National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK has been bitten by the "fake moon" bug. Here's a screen cap (below, attached) from a brief teaser video that they published for their recent "Longitude" exhibit (the same one currently at the Folger in DC and which will be at Mystic Seaport starting in September). And once again we're seeing the Moon from a spacecraft perspective, completely impossible from the surface of the Earth. A trivial matter and "mostly harmless" in an obvious fluff video, but still... A modern maritime museum repeats in 2014 the same mediocre "fake" moon artwork produced for a Disney fantasy about mermaids in 1984.

    Of course, the exhibit looks awesome, and as I've said before, the book they produced is great (my short review from two months ago). This minor promo video (watch it here) with its "fake moon", which feels like it was made as a film project by someone with minimal connection to the museum, in no way diminishes the NMM's achievement.

    Frank Reed
    Conanicut Island USA


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