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Couch Potato's Tuesday Trivia: Armageddon and its role in NASA's training programme

Armageddon, WILL PATTON, BRUCE WILLIS, MICHAEL DUNCAN, BEN AFFLECK AND OWEN WILSON

So, the last American space shuttle mission was launched on Friday (opens in new tab) - the end of an era.

And perhaps this is enough of a reason to check out Armageddon (opens in new tab) tonight, the 1998 blockbuster in which NASA (opens in new tab) launch two space shuttle missions to intercept imminent disaster.

In this action adventure, a Texas-sized asteroid is heading ominously towards Earth. It needs to be destroyed before it decimates the planet, so NASA scientists contact Bruce Willis (opens in new tab)'s expert oil driller Harry to plant an explosive device deep within the rock. He agrees to take on the challenge, but only on the condition that his ragtag crew of roughnecks accompany him.

It's not a particularly brilliant action flick, but this didn't stop Armageddon (opens in new tab) from reportedly earning itself a place on NASA (opens in new tab)'s management training programme.

Why?

Well, this movie apparently contains over 186 things that are scientifically impossible. For this reason, the film presents a very effective (and no doubt entertaining) exercise for prospective managers in identifying these numerous inaccuracies.

Armageddon is showing tonight - Tuesday 12th July - on Sky 1 at 9pm

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