10 Things Movies Get Wrong About Space

1. So Many Things - Armageddon

Space Movies Frozen Death
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You just knew it was only a matter of time until Michael Bay's Armageddon (1998) made it onto our list.

The story of a team of oil drillers jetted off into outer space to destroy an asteroid hasn't exactly gone down in history for its impressive scientific accuracy. Instead, the film has turned into a bit of a 'what not to do' example for any filmmakers looking to produce a film involving space travel.

First of all, the crew of both Freedom and Independence are able to speak to mission control like they're talking on walkie-talkies. In reality there'd be some lag (around two seconds). Also, the engines on the back of the ships are constantly running, which would be fairly impossible without a stupidly large supply of fuel.

In terms of the planet-killing asteroid itself, you'd probably see an asteroid of that size months before it hit the Earth...not 18 days before!

In all honesty, Armageddon was never designed to be an authentic feeling story, with Bay even admitting the premise of the movie was unrealistic. So, best to sit back and just enjoy the insanity.

Also, don't question why they didn't just train astronauts to drill or Bay will tell you to 'shut the f*ck up' like he did Ben Affleck.

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