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Top Gear's James May takes his new special to the Moon

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 14th 2009 3:29PM
You wouldn't think a guy nicknamed Captain Slow by his co-hosts on Top Gear would have a deep-seeded fascination with journeying to the Moon.

But super car presenter James May (right) has held a childhood dream to experience how it feels to fly to the edge of space in the upcoming BBC America special, James May on the Moon.

According to a Beeb press release, the special follows May as he connects with the astronauts who ventured into space, as well as the engineers and mechanics who built the vehicles that took them there.

And, in keeping with that Top Gear spirit, May takes a virtual test drive in those vintage space vehicles -- recreating the tests and journeys of the original space pioneers.

While Top Gear serves up some tasty real world test drives matched up with some artsy videography, James May on the Moon utilizes modern simulators and CGI manipulation of archive footage to recreate May's trip to Earth's only natural satellite.

According to the BBC, May meets up with real life Apollo 11 heroes Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin while landing the Eagle via a space capsule mock-up. He even finds his way into a high altitude low gravity simulator to conduct his own zero G space walk. The whole deal might make driving the next Ferrari or Porsche seem a little tame for Captain Slow.

James May on the Moon premieres on BBC America Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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This show was shown in the UK back in July. Once again BBC America is late showing this stuff. It bet that they will edit it for time and they will change the music like in every episode of Top Gear.

BTW the documentary is really good, i hope they show the second documentary he did "James May At The Edge Of Space".

October 14 2009 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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