Corrected entry: At the beginning when the small asteroid fragments destroy the satellite and kill the astronaut you can see that the pieces fall down even though they should be in zero G.
Corrected entry: In the film, there was a reference to a "French space agency." Unfortunately, there's no such thing, and the closest is the European Space Agency which has its headquarters in Paris.
Corrected entry: What happens to all the rubble extracted from the hole they dig? There must be tons of the stuff, but there's no sign of it...
Corrected entry: Several NASA officials and space crew throughout the movie refer to distance measured in feet. The fact is that NASA several years ago switched to the metric system. NASA officials and space crew should therefore refer to distances measured in meters (as they do in Independence Day).
Corrected entry: A few things about splitting the asteroid always annoyed me. They couldn't possibly calculate that drilling a certain depth would "split" the asteroid rather then blowing it to smaller but still deadly bits. Even if they did calculate right they did this on stable rotation. But as they stated the asteroid started rotating unpredictably after passing the moon so it could have turned towards earth causing one piece to hit as they calculated and the other to hit just a bit later. And last even if all 2 previous scenarios go just right (as in the movie) we saw that the asteroid was covered with huge high and sharp "mountains" which would most likely break of in the explosion and rain down on earth. So either way earth would be doomed.
Corrected entry: When A.J. and Lev try to escape the fire in the Russian Space Station by climbing into a part of the station which is not heated, frozen drops can be seen. However, there was no gravitation for 18 months. The drops couldn't have formed in that kind of structure.
Corrected entry: One of the scenes showing A.J.'s Armadillo going across the asteroid shows a series of valleys lined with banded walls. These are features found in sedimentary rock formations. Sedimentary features only form with running water, which we don't exactly see a lot of on the asteroid.
Corrected entry: The only windows in the shuttle are the windshields. How come when the bomb goes off, everyone shields their eyes from the light? I thought they were heading toward Earth, away from the explosion.
Corrected entry: Just after the Independence's Armadillo jumps the "Grand Canyon" on the asteroid, the camera pulls across the Armadillo. Bear is sitting alone in the front seat and we can see him grinning and waving to the camera crewmember. Zoom in and pause to gain full benefit from the "mistake."
Corrected entry: When the two teams visit the space-station, NASA tracks them each through their green "blips" from their locaters. When A.J. and the Russian were locked in the fuel pod, the control team at NASA could see their green "blips" on their screen. The Russian didn't make the trip, why would he have a locater on him?
Corrected entry: As the shuttle comes into land near the end of the movie, everyone got out and went over to their families to hug and kiss them; whilst people in anti-radioactive suits came up to clap them... WHAT.?. Wait firstly, the astronauts have just been on alien grounds. Don't they need to go through some test to make sure they haven't made contact with alien viruses? And secondly, people in these suits don't just come out to clap (although some did go to the shuttle).
Corrected entry: The shuttle makes a far from a smooth landing on the asteroid. It is dinged up quite a bit and even more so while they are there. Columbia burned up because a single piece of ice hit its wing causing the heat shield to malfunction. There is no way this shuttle could have re-entered the earth's atmosphere safely.Coconut
Corrected entry: When Harry is taking AJ down the elevator of the shuttle in the end of the movie, neither he nor AJ have their spacesuit helmets on. However, when they reach the ground, they both magically have the helmets on. Where did they come from and how did they get them on so quick?
Corrected entry: In the scene where the window of the shuttle breaks and the air force pilot is sucked out we see him get hit by the other shuttle, fully intact. Realistically the rapid change from pressure to no pressure would cause him to blow up like a balloon and explode.
Corrected entry: En route to the asteroid the shuttles are slingshotted around the moon. Due to the speed and strong curve they're making, the crew is experiencing about 12G. You see the crew screaming like hell and being very awake; in reality, they wouldn't be screaming as the G forces presses the air out of their lungs and it would be very hard to breath. Also, to keep conscious at such high G levels you need to tense all muscles in your lower body to keep more blood in the head, the crew are obviously too busy screaming to think about this. And lastly the crew would probably be unconscious anyway; 12G is a hell of a force and knocks out the most trained fighter pilots around.
Corrected entry: When we're first shown Harry's rig, after he's golfing on Greenpeace, his assistant tells him he "just found out something interesting". But, you can obviously see that he got that information from a written report he holds in his hands. That report was in his hands before Harry was golfing. You would assume that he'd report this important matter immediately to Harry, but he waits until Harry's done golfing on Greenpeace's head.
Corrected entry: When the rogue asteroid chunk hits Paris and destroys it, they show it later as a huge crater. This impact alone would affect the whole world as we know it. If Mt. St. Helens could spew ash over the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California, then an asteroid the SIZE of Mt. St. Helens slamming into France would surely put the world off-kilter. It's not something that we could go back to the next day and photograph, as was done in the film.
Corrected entry: Even if the asteroid halves fly apart and miss Earth by 400 miles exactly as depicted in the film, it's still going to be a tragedy. The gravitational force created by the asteroid halves as they pass Earth will be about 100 times higher than the gravitational force from the Moon, which causes tidal actions on Earth. Since most of Earth's population lives in coastal areas, most of the world's population will be destroyed in the resulting tidal surge.
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