The things people will believe on social media are truly depressing. For instance, last year I began seeing this video pop up. People eagerly forwarded this "amazing" footage supposedly showcasing the Presidential limo's defensive driving capabilities:
Even if you were watching this on a low-resolution monitor, the giveaway should be the impossible camerawork.
Another video by the same creator is titled "Trump's new fast limo! Secret Service learning how to drive the POTUS limo on the Top Gear Track!"
People bought that too.
Now you've probably heard that the Cassini space probe is currently on a suicide mission to Saturn. Nearly out of fuel, Cassini is currently orbiting between the planet's rings and surface and will dive towards the planet (resulting in the probe's destruction) sometime in September. In the meantime it is beaming photos back to Earth. Here are two photos I saw this weekend being circulated on Facebook, with captions like "Incredible!" and "Amazing!":
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Those are freaking renderings, folks, two of many that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory commissions (and credits as the work of artists) in order to spread awareness and excitement about the project. Cassini launched in 1997. Its image-capturing instruments were designed in the '90s. The real images it's sending back look like this:
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It is still an amazing feat that something can be shot into space, survive for 20 years while traveling over a billion kilometers and beam images back to Earth. It is freaking amazing. But there's nothing worse than when people are amazed by the wrong thing.