Space Cowboys

Team Dedalus finds that the Icon Russian satellite, built during the Cold War, actually hosts 6 nuclear warheads. If it loses contact with the homebase the internal computer thinks that a nuclear war has started and would launch the warheads on some USA city. The only way that they all can get safely back to earth is if Hawk (Tommy Lee Jones), who has a inoperable tumor and doomed to die in a 6 months timeframe, straps himself to the warheads and propels them into space and crashing himself to the Moon.

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Revealing mistake: While the guys are going for their physicals, there's a scene in which blood is drawn and you can clearly see the tube connected to the end of the syringe pumping fake blood into the container.

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Frank Corvin: You sent us up to this bastard, have us put it back into orbit, fully armed, just to save your own ass?

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Question: What are the chances of four guys of their age ACTUALLY passing the physical to the required standards? I know they all kept reasonably fit but they struggled with running etc. so it seems unlikely they would pass all the tests. I know movie rules dictate suspense of disbelief to a certain degree, I'm just wondering what their chances would be in reality.

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: It wasn't a matter of how physically fit they were, but that their particular combination of knowledge, skills, and past experiences were needed for this specific mission. The physical criteria would be amended in order to recruit them for that mission.

raywest Premium member

They were specifically told they wouldn't be given an easier ride and would need to pass the exact same tests as the younger astronauts. The physical criteria wouldn't have been amended to suit them so is it possible for 4 guys of this age to pass?

The_Iceman
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