Armageddon

Factual error: 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.

Factual error: In the Paris meteor scene, the POV is from the walkway of Notre Dame cathedral, with a very famous gargoyle in the RH side of the frame. From that POV, the Eiffel tower is visible, but the L'Hôtel national des Invalides (Napoleon's Tomb, the gold-domed building in the foreground) is in the wrong location. To show both of those structures in those positions, Notre Dame would have be located about a mile southwest of its actual location.

taylorgtr

Factual error: During the opening shot of the shuttle Atlantis in the satellite repair scenes, its cargo bay doors are closed. Standard procedure for orbiting shuttles was to keep its cargo doors open, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the airlock is located within the cargo bay. The astronaut isn't tethered but using an MMU, but still would have to enter and exit through the cargo bay airlock, meaning if the doors where closed, if there were an emergency he'd have to wait for someone to open them before he could get back in.

Vader47000

Factual error: The military sends a signal to the drilling team's nuke, arming it and triggering a countdown. A sudden rush to disarm the warhead ensues, with the NASA team on Earth temporarily breaking the uplink and stopping the detonation countdown. However, modern nuclear weapons do not require a "constant uplink" to detonate. Once the signal is sent and the nuke is armed, the signal can be cut or interrupted and the nuke will continue counting down.

Razvaluha

Factual error: When landing back on Earth, the Colonel says "100% flaps." Flap positions are graduated in°, with the extreme position being full flaps (40 to 50°).

Factual error: The nuke is provided by the military, not NASA. There is no reason why the NASA guys should have any access to the bomb. So, the idea of some random technician at Mission Control punching in a few numbers on a keyboard and somehow shutting off the bomb makes absolutely no sense.

jbrbbt

Factual error: Both shuttles are approaching the Russian space station with their main engines on, without atmosphere that would not be needed.

Factual error: The surviving space shuttle takes off from the asteroid horizontally, like an airliner taking off from a runway. This is absurd. There is no air to provide lift for the wings, so the shuttle - with its engines providing thrust straight back - would simply trundle along the ground like a car. It doesn't use its maneuvering jets at any time, and they are far too feeble to lift the weight of the shuttle anyway. Nor do they gimbal the main engine, which would lift the shuttle vertically on an axis through the centre of the engine - they swoop gracefully into the air after a long take off. Second, they'd have to count on finding a clear length of ground on a debris strewn asteroid. Vertical takeoff, anyone?

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General Kimsey: We spend $250 billion a year on defence, and here we are! The fate of the planet is in the hands of a bunch of ret*rds I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!

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Trivia: While being strapped in, Rockhound tells Harry they're sitting on "something with 270,000 moving parts all built by the lowest bidder." This is a paraphrase of a quote by Alan Shepherd.

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Chosen answer: Because there was no real need for him to talk.

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