Factual error: A couple of times during the film, someone exclaims in horror that if this-or-that system fails, they will have to land the shuttle dead-stick (unpowered; no chance to veer off and try again). Actually, all shuttle landings are dead-stick; they are computer guided but nevertheless are unpowered, one-shot deals.
Team Dedalus finds that the Icon Russian satellite, built during the Cold War, actually hosts 6 nuclear warheads. If it loses contact with the homebase the internal computer thinks that a nuclear war has started and would launch the warheads on some USA city. The only way that they all can get safely back to earth is if Hawk (Tommy Lee Jones), who has a inoperable tumor and doomed to die in a 6 months timeframe, straps himself to the warheads and propels them into space and crashing himself to the Moon.
Frank Corvin: You sent us up to this bastard, have us put it back into orbit, fully armed, just to save your own ass?
Question: What are the chances of four guys of their age ACTUALLY passing the physical to the required standards? I know they all kept reasonably fit but they struggled with running etc. so it seems unlikely they would pass all the tests. I know movie rules dictate suspense of disbelief to a certain degree, I'm just wondering what their chances would be in reality.
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