Two Way Radios and One Scary Moon Movie

The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films recently released the trailer for “Apollo 18.” The sneak peek at this sci-fi thriller features astronauts using two-way radios to communicate during a long suspected, but never proven trip to the moon.

Reads the film’s synopsis: “Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972, was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.”

Clearly, the film is fiction. But it’s sure to get the talk going again about moonwalk-centered conspiracy theories. The recently re-formed Flat Earth Society (which had 60 members as of March 2010) was among the first organizations to accuse NASA of faking moon landings. Members claimed that the famous footage of Apollo astronauts walking on the moon’s surface was nothing more than a Walt Disney-funded Hollywood production directed by Stanley Kubrick. “Apollo 18″ artfully suggests that not only were the recorded landings real, but that NASA secretly returned to the moon only to face a fearful force, judging by the trailer’s images reminiscent of “The Blair Witch.”

Two way radios played a major role in the historic NASA missions. In 1969, it was a Motorola transponder aboard Apollo 11 that relayed the first words from the moon to the earth. Two years later, NASA’s lunar roving vehicle used a 1.5-pound Motorola FM radio receiver that became known as “the first car radio on the moon.”

“Apollo 18″ hits theatres April 22 and we here at can’t wait. Take a look at the trailer and let us know what you think.

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