3D Animation Created By A Digital Artist Passed Off As NASA's Work
A video is circulating in social media posts that claim it shows a staged "space collision" video created by NASA. The claim is false; the clip is actually a 3D animation created by a digital artist.
"Another video created in an invented space at NASA's studios. Mocks human intelligence," reads a Korean-language Facebook post published on October 21.
The video appears to show an object colliding with a satellite or space station hovering above the Earth.
The video was shared in similar posts on South Korean platform Naver Blog here and here.
Comments on the posts suggest people believed the video was made by NASA.
"They [NASA] are working hard in their studio. They cannot go out anyway. Until when they are planning to put such a show like that?" one user on Naver Blog wrote.
"How can they create such fabrications", another Facebook user wrote.
However, the claim is false.
A Google reverse image search revealed a longer version of the video posted on Instagram on July 27 by Alexey Patrev, who describes himself as a "CG artist."
The Instagram post features the hashtag #animation.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video shared in misleading posts (left) and the original video posted on Patrev's Instagram account (right).
Patrev said he was inspired to make the video after watching the movie "Gravity".
"I liked the moment with the destruction of the [space] station [in the movie]. And the thought came to do something similar," he told AFP.
"I created the project in the 3ds max program. I used the TyFlow plugin to create a destructive process. It took about one week to create the animation. The final render was done through the Corona Renderer. I collected the finished material in the After Effect."
AFP could not find any credible statements from NASA or any media reports about NASA staging a space collision in a studio.
AFP has previously debunked posts falsely sharing animations as real life, including here and here.
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