Neil Armstrong shows why Transformer 3's trailer is impossible

If you were thinking that the least believable thing about the Transformers 3 teaser trailer released Wednesday was the existence of robot aliens on the moon, you'd be wrong. According to first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, the real flaw in the film's fictionalized lunar landing is far more down to Earth.

The trailer showed an expedition by the astronauts to examine what appears to be (make sure you've watched it already just in case you're afraid of spoilers) some sort of crashed alien spacecraft we apparently knew was there all along. But in actuality, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin never wandered more than 100 yards from the lunar landing vehicle.

According to NPR, Armstrong said there were very good reasons for this, which boil down to:

We were wearing new-fangled, water-cooled uniforms and didn't know how long the coolant would last.

We didn't know how far we could go in our space suits.

NASA wanted us to conduct our experiments in front of a fixed camera.

You can check out Armstrong's complete explanation here.

We certainly hope Michael Bay doesn't hear about this. He'd sure be shocked—shocked!—to learn that one of his movies might contain a scientific inaccuracy.

(via /Film)

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