Corrected entry: The "death" of the three astronauts and the requirement to then fake the whole scenario of the failed mission was obviously unplanned - it came about because of an unexpected computer glitch which reported that they had burned up on reentry, causing a mad scramble to cover up the fake mission and kill the astronauts. Obviously it was planned to have the astronauts "return" to Earth as heroes after their supposed trip to Mars, maintaining their deception (under threat if necessary) for the rest of their lives. One problem. Every scientist on earth would be champing at the bit to get their hands on a sample of Martian rock. Samples would be worth billions, worth far more than Moon rocks are worth today. How was NASA going to explain they didn't have any? They could not possibly fake the rocks - Martian soil and rocks would have a number of identifiable characteristics that a smart first year college student could identify. NASA have painted themselves into a corner and that is not something they would have failed to realise well in advance.PEDAUNT
Corrected entry: During the crop-duster chase with the helicopters, the interior of the filming helo is visible on the left side of the frame for a brief moment. Very noticeable.
Corrected entry: When the three Astronauts crash the Lear jet in the desert, on the outside shots of them walking in their separate directions, there are no marks behind the jet to show that it skidded across the surface where it stopped.
Corrected entry: During a rocket/shuttle takeoff, no vehicle or flying aircraft is allowed anywhere near, yet during the last five minutes of the countdown, a van picks up the astronauts and drives them to a helicopter. The helicopter couldn't be very far away because of the short time left on the countdown, and the helicopter could never have stealthily flown off or be allowed to fly off without NASA radar picking it up, never mind the flight to the Lear jet.
Corrected entry: Elliot Gould who plays the character of Caulfield is very obviously not a smoker. When he is travelling in his girlfriends car after being released from jail, he doesn't once smoke his cigarette despite it being in his mouth for much of the conversation in the car. When he gets out of the car, he takes a drag from the cigarette, but again, as he's not a smoker in his real life, the smoke is blown straight back out of his mouth.