NASA has released a video highlighting why the doomsday interpretation of a Mayan prophecy is little more than a misunderstanding, but its premature release could be seen by some as support for the idea that December 21, 2012 will indeed be the world's last day.
NASA has released a video explaining why the world didn't end in line with Mayan prophecies: entitled "Why the world didn't end yesterday," the video begins with a voiceover narration that states: "if you're watching this video, it means one thing, the world didn't end yesterday. According to media reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, the world was supposed to have been destroyed on December 21st 2012, but look around you, the whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning."
The four-minute film, the latest in a long line of multimedia attempts by America's space agency to quell growing and unfounded fears that the earth will be destroyed before anyone has had a chance to welcome in the new year, is well-argued, concise and draws on the expert testimony of Dr John Carlson, one of the world's leading authorities on Mayan civilization and, most importantly as the short film highlights, a "hard-nosed scientist."
However, the fact that NASA has accidentally released the video earlier than planned -- by over a week, is being seen by some, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, as another suggestion of the prophecy's truth.