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MythBusters Finale Features NMT Tests

SOCORRO, N.M. March 1, 2016 – The long-time TV celebration of explosions – a.k.a. MythBusters – is coming to conclusion this week and they couldn't do it without New Mexico Tech.

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The MythBusters sift through debris along with EMRTC staff during a 2008 test.

 

 
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Adam Savage of MythBusters leads Tech employees through a debris field. At right is Tech V.P. Van Romero.

 

 

After 15 seasons and 278 episodes, the popular show will sign off for good – minus syndication – with a special episode that features footage from Socorro. The latest – and last – tests will air during the series finale at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, on the Discovery Channel.

New Mexico Tech is hosting a viewing party for students beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-floor ballrooms of the Fidel Center. Free food and drinks will be provided, as well as door prizes. The party will continue through the special reunion episode from 7 to 8 p.m.

As a longtime collaborator with the show, Vice President of Research Dr. Van Romero has been asked to represent Tech at the wrap party with the cast and crew in San Francisco. Romero said the finale will be dramatic. Stars of the show Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman filmed several tests last fall that will be featured in the finale.

"Let's just say they are going out with a bang," Romero said. "This will be, without a doubt, the biggest, most spectacular scene filmed at New Mexico Tech."

According to a Beyond Productions press release, "Prepare to be blown away as Adam and Jamie have put together an epic grand finale episode. In the finale, an RV gets blown to kingdom come, Buster goes supersonic, Adam takes the most wild ride imaginable and then it all boils down to a cement truck with 5000 pounds of ANFO."

Since first coming to New Mexico Tech in 2008, the MythBusters cast and crew has filmed nearly a dozen tests on the EMRTC test range and been featured on 10 episodes. The show has split a car in half using a 500 mph rocket sled, made diamonds with 5,000 pounds of explosives and pancaked another car.

"We've had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with MythBusters and Beyond Productions that has grown over the years," Romero said. "Our students and the demographics of the MythBuster audience overlap significantly."

The "Build Team" – Tori Bellucci, Grant Imahara and Kari Byron – presented an open forum in 2013, fielding questions from Tech students for hours. They also toured various research divisions and academic departments to meet faculty and students.

The connection between Tech and the MythBusters started in 2007 when Romero appeared as a guest expert in an episode filmed in California. Romero invited the crew to come do testing in California.

"At first, we didn't know what to expect," Romero said. "We were shocked to find that they are truly interested science behind the myths. They have developed a universal appeal because the people on TV aren't actors. What you see on TV is exactly how they are in real life."

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