NASA uses the movie Armageddon as a part of its management training program

NASA uses this well thought out movie made in 1998 not only because the movie is about stopping an asteroid from hitting the earth, but because it has over 168 distinct things that are impossible to do. To reiterate, there’s an emphasis on impossible and not improbable. The list would probably be too long if one counted the improbable tasks as well.

The rationale behind the inclusion of this movie is for the team to be trained in the bifurcation of the impossible and improbable tasks. It makes sense, since the movie deals with stopping of an asteroid from hitting the earth, and what related measures were taken at each step to deviate that. This proves to be a good motivational and training tool for the NASA staff.

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15 Comments

  1. [...] 6. NASA often shows the Hollywood movie “Armageddon” as part of its management training program and then asks its new staff to identify as many scientific inaccuracies as they can. There are at least 168 of them. – Source [...]

  2. Martin j wrote:

    Actually not good at all.

    Starting with the premise to ridicule the impossible ends up destroying creativity.

    Hahah dude square wheels are bad! Duh.

    Really? But would a car move if it had square wheels? Er, yes. Would square wheels have an advantage sometimes? Er…yes. What happened if you start with a plainly impossible or improbably stance and then run with it?

    Ok make square wheels work…right then they would need a good suspension then it would soften to movement and still move.

    Ok good. Now replace the square wheels with round, keep that newly designed suspension and voila a better car.

    By sitting down and making their staff laugh at the impossible it becomes a pointless and arrogant exercise in back slapping of your own intelligence.

    By stating what is impossible but can we make it possible, we have a new way of generating ideas.

    Star Trek tricorderers, teleportation devices and communicators were impossible, heck ludicrous even.

    And now I’m typing this on my iPhone.

    Hmmm

    Impossible

  3. JJH wrote:

    Dude, what would be the point of NASA using this video ever again if some idiot posts all 168 impossibilities on a website somewhere?

    • Dan wrote:

      Dude, what’s the point of going to school when you can learn everything in books? Dude, what’s the point of reading a book when you can just read the cliff’s notes? Dude, what’s the point of eating dinner out when you can get the same nutrients from a protein bar? Dude what’s the point of going out to meet people when you can talk to those same people on Facebook? Dude what’s the point of having sex when you can m*sturbate and reach the exact same ending?

      Movies are shown in school many times to convey concepts in an entertaining, different way–which many times cements those concepts more readily than simply reading a list. I can’t believe that had to be explained.

  4. Mike wrote:

    And they are??

  5. Jay wrote:

    I agree…. why would you NOT post those 168 inaccuracies ! DUH ! Idiots

  6. stef wrote:

    me too. or else it’s just another useless piece of news

  7. If you’re writing an article on the indicating 168 distinct inaccuracies…. don’t you think the viewers of your article will want to see those 168 distinct inaccuracies. HOLE-LEE you’re retarded if you didn’t think of including at least a link to it.

  8. Anna wrote:

    I’d love to see a list of all the inaccuracies.

    • any fool with common sense would be able to figure it out. The most obvious is that if you blew up and asteroid, all you would do is create a shooting gallery for the earth. Billions of pieces of the rock would smash into the earth causing possibly more damage than if it were a whole asteroid. That is the biggest one that stands out to me. Not to mention that the explosion when they were refueling was extremely far fetched. Without much oxygen I couldnt see an explosion happening like that. One last thing that comes to mind is I highly doubt they would be able to have cargo space that they had to take the truckdrills they had along, I mean have you ever seen how tight it is in a space craft? I havent but assume there is not much room for things of that size to be brought along lol.