PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Thriller
When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.
Clint Eastwood pilots helicopters, but he's never had a desire to go into space. "To me, that's claustrophobic as hell."
Well, what do you say, Reverend? You think a prayer's in order?
Tank Sullivan: I was just reciting the Shepard's Prayer. Alan Shepard's prayer. Oh Lord, please don't let us screw up. Amen.
A geostationary equatorial orbit would be the worst choice among commonly used orbits for a weapons platform. The satellite always remains over one point on the Earth, and the weapon would have to travel at least 22,000 miles after firing, providing more time for it to be detected. A low polar orbit would provide a much shorter travel time for the weapon, would pass over all parts of the Earth's surface twice a day, and would also have been easier to reach from the USSR. Which is exactly why the Soviets, wanting to put a weapons platform *secretly* on a satellite, might choose one intended for a geostationary equatorial orbit rather than a low polar orbit.
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$18,093,776 (USA) (6 August 2000)
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