Corrected entry: If "NASA doubles up on everything.", why didn't the nuclear bomb on Independence go off when it crashed? Colonel Sharp stops Stamper from hitting their bomb with a wrench since it would set it off, so why didn't the one on Independence detonate?

Correction: A crash wouldn't set a nuclear bomb off; it takes a very precise set of events to occur for that to happen, which a crash couldn't possibly replicate. Nor, for that matter, would hitting one with a wrench, which Sharp undoubtedly knows, but with the fate of the Earth riding on that bomb, he can't risk Stamper damaging it. The easiest way to ensure that he doesn't do it again is to tell them that it might actually go off. It's not true, but Stamper and his men aren't going to know that.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Liv Tyler's real-life dad, frontman of Aerosmith Steven Tyler, wanted to do the song "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" especially because his daughter was in the movie.

sheila lara

Correction: I am an Aerosmith freak and I know this is not true. I've seen 2 separate interviews by Steven Tyler and in both he said he did NOT want to record the song because it was too sappy. He only agreed after watching the ending sequence where Liv grabs the screen and says "Daddy" while she is crying. The ironic thing is the song became the first no. 1 hit Aerosmith ever had.

Corrected entry: One of the things the creators of the movie did not think out is the issue of the asteroid's gravity. There are several problems with that. It is stated that the asteroid is the size of Texas. Even if we assumed it to have had 1000 miles of diameter (a really huge asteroid) and the same density as Earth it would have gravity of about 12% of Earth's gravity. In the movie it can be seen (even though stated otherwise) that the teams operate under earth-like gravity – tools, piping elements, debris all fall down with quite an acceleration. Also the astronauts move about very conveniently – much more easily than would for example on the Moon. On the other hand if we assumed that the asteroid had much higher density, which allowed it to had significant gravity, a near passing (a couple of hundred kilometers) of such a massive body alone would probably wipe out humanity just as efficiently as a direct hit. Even if we assumed that the asteroid's diameter was only 500 miles and its density was about the density of the Moon, the near passing of its two halves would wreak havoc on Earth as the influence of their gravity on, for example, ocean tides, would be up to 20 times bigger than Moon's

Correction: The mathematicians at NASA would have taken the fragments into account and set up the "zero-barrier" sufficiently far away. This is why the earth sees no effects from them. And gravity is increased due to the asteroid spinning.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: I find it highly unlikely that all of those astronauts would have gleaming white teeth.

Correction: I'm not sure that "highly unlikely" would constitute a movie mistake. Highly unlikely still means it's possible in the context of the movie.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: When Truman is describing the shuttle's characteristics, he mentions that they are made of an "impenetrable titanium alloy." When AJ, Bear and Lev are in the Armadillo on the asteroid in the crashed ship, AJ shoots through the supposed "impenetrable titanium alloy" with the Armadillo's machine guns. It's doubtful that even the impact of the crash would weaken the apparently impenetrable alloy to a point where it could be simply shot through with those guns.

Correction: There is no such thing as "impenetrable". He was speaking about a hull which could not be breached by anything they would expect to encounter in space. Firing a Gatling gun at point blank range in a vacuum - there is nothing in the universe that would be "impenetrable" to that.

Corrected entry: If the asteroid has a new rotation axis after passing the Moon the drill teams wouldn't have missed their drill sites by just about 20 miles, they would have ended up elsewhere, but not near their landing zone because the landing zones would be elsewhere obviously.

Correction: The rotation may not have been that much, so it wouldn't move very much between the time it passes the Moon and the time they land. Plus, the were probably on computer guidance and the computer would compensate for any rotation. He missed their landing side because he had to pull up to miss a big hunk of the asteroid sticking up. So, he over shot it, not off left or right.

Corrected entry: It took approximately 18 hours from the time Harry and Grace left the oil rig until they decided to help save the Earth. How did his entire crew have time to become scattered across the US? AJ even had time to start his own oil company.

Correction: The crew came from all over the country so it seems natural they'd want to go home during their break. Commercial airlines provided the means to get where they were going. AJ probably bought an existing rig, and just put up a sign. Doesn't mean the deal is finalized yet.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the crews board the shuttles, it is daylight, but when they are about to take off it is dark. Seeing as Truman told them they would be taking off at 8 am, it doesn't really make sense that it should be dark.


Correction: When Truman is explaining the mission (during which he describes the "Roadrunner Thrust Maneuver") he states that they will be taking off at 6:30 p.m. Depending on what time of the year it is, it could be dark at the launch.

Corrected entry: Several of the crew are strapped into seats that are far too small for them. There is absolutely no support for their heads. The seats end at their shoulders. When they hit the 12 G's around the moon the weight of the helmets will guillotine their necks. (01:05:00)

Bill McIntyre

Correction: This is incorrect. You can see both Oscar's and Rockhound's headrest while they are being strapped in. Since they are not upright, their weight may make them higher on the seat. But, when they are doing the "Roadrunner Thrust Maneuver" you can definitely see the headrest of everyone they show. They are black, so they may just be hard for some people to see but they are definitely there.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the asteroid is about to hit Paris, look closely at the clouds. They don't move. An asteroid coming in at that speed and force would blow the clouds away.

Correction: If you are talking about the clouds that you see right before the meteor hits the ground, those clouds could be miles and miles in the distance. You can't say that an asteroid of that size and at that distance would affect the clouds.

Corrected entry: If the movie was set in the summertime, why was the 6:30 pm launch done after sunset? Even if was AM, the sun would have still been up at 6:30

Correction: In aviation, pilots use Zulu time, the time zone at Greenwich, England. 0630 Zulu time would be 5 hours later than time in FL, 8 hours later in CA. So, if the time was 0630 Zulu, it would be 0130 in FL, and 2230 in CA, both well after sunset.

Corrected entry: In the scene after AJ, Bear and the cosmonaut do their Evel Knievel jump across the canyon; one shot shows AJ opening the hatch of the Armadillo whilst Bear relaxes in the front seat with his helmet off. How was he able to breathe when all the oxygen escaped the Armadillo?

Correction: The hatch to the outside could be in a separate pressurized compartment that allows one to leave without disturbing the others.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Russian space station starts to collapse A.J and the Russian cosmonaut gets trapped in a room. In order to check that everyone has reached their respective ship Houston turns on a "personal radar" which lets them see everyone in the station in a 3d-model on screen. This is done through trackers in the Americans space-suits. Only problem is that the cosmonaut also shows up on radar and he, apart from already being there for a great period of time, definitely does not have an American space-suit with a tracker.

Correction: Since the image sent back is 3D, that implies there is some sort of sonar-ish signal emitted from the trackers. These signals would bounce off of the cosmonaut same as they would anyone (or anything) else.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, where the astronaut is working on the satellite during an EVA, it shows the satellite far apart from the space shuttle. Also, the shuttle's bay doors were open and facing the open void of space. This is a factual error, because when NASA sends a crew to fix a satellite in space, they flip the shuttle so the bottom faces space and the windows face the Earth. The satellite is attached to the Canada Arm and the astronauts are able to service is with ease, and not having to fear shards of a giant asteroid or other space debris.

Correction: When a shuttle or other craft is orbiting Earth, there is no up and down. The size of the Earth compared to the shuttle makes it appear to be upside down, but in reality it can be the same orientation as when it left the launch pad. Take a pin, then have it "take off" from a basketball, then begin moving it around the ball in an orbit without changing orientation of the pin. At times it will appear to be upside down in relation to the ball, but really it is the same orientation as when it left the surface.

Corrected entry: When the astronauts are on the surface of asteroid then they feel almost no gravity but when they're inside the space ship the gravity is similar to earth. New gravity gear from NASA?

Correction: What makes you think they feel no gravity on the asteroid? They're walking around, moving equipment, etc.and there is obviously gravity. It is LESS than Earth's gravity, that's all.

Corrected entry: When the team lands on the asteroid, one of the team members lets a stream of sand fall from his hand. The sand blows in a slight breeze...

Correction: Considering they said before the shuttles took off the atmosphere would be extremely unpredicable, and that there are explosions going off all around them, it's perfectly reasonable for there to be a "breeze".

Corrected entry: The asteroid is the size of Texas, yet has Earth gravity as shown when pipes are dropped on the ground and don't float at all. The only time there isn't earth gravity is when they need to fly.

Correction: There is gravity on the asteroid, but not the same as Earth. The equipment and astronauts are lighter, just as they would be on the moon, but not light enough for them to simply float away.

Corrected entry: Peter Stormare became the first European to be allowed inside NASA, during a cast visit. Although Stormare's character in the film is Russian, the actor is Swedish.

Correction: Totally false. While I was unwilling to spend a lot of time researching this it only took me a matter of seconds at the NASA site to confirm there were 18 Russian cosmonauts on the MIR/NASA project that started in 1989, well before Armageddon began filming.


Corrected entry: Shortly before Stamper detonates the nuke we see a computer screen at NASA which shows the asteroid nearly at "Zero Barrier". Only 1 minute later, the screen is visible a second time and the two halves of the asteroid are already beyond the tangent where it would have hit earth on a straight flight.Earlier in the movie it is said that it'd take the asteroid about 3 hours and 57 minutes to get from zero barrier to hit earth. So it's impossible for the two halves to be beyond that line. (02:12:45)

Ronnie Bischof

Correction: This is far too obvious to be a mistake. There is no indication that thei "1 minute" was in real time. We see the screen with the two halves when the guys at NASA are celebrating. They are only celebrating after they are sure the two halves are clearly going to miss Earth.


Corrected entry: In the scene of the asteroid being split by the nuclear explosion we see the blast from Earth's point of view in settings which are on opposite sides of the world. This is impossible since the asteroid is coming from one direction and only half the planet would be able to see it.

Correction: The only location that is definitively identified is India and the Taj Mahal, which is shown in the daytime. The next shot could be in Africa which is west of India as it shows the sun setting. In the final shot could be anywhere, the only thing you see is a home with an American flag which does not mean it has to be in America, they could be flying the flag showing support of the MISSION or they could be US citizens living in a foreign country! So, it is very possible the three locations could be on the same part of the earth where they could all see the explosion.

Ronnie Bischof

Factual error: During the scene where it shows people all over the world, just before the shuttles take off, it is daylight everywhere. It would actually be dark or near dark in parts of the world.

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