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Deliberate mistake: In the scene with the first demonstration of the digging laser, they dig/blast quite a hole in the mountain. Even assuming the laser can very easily shatter the rocks substance, still the debris would have to go somewhere, yet there appears to be none. And the amount of power needed to convert matter into energy is not practical.

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Deliberate mistake: During the crash landing of the space shuttle, its landing path is depicted as coming in from west to east, from over the ocean and coast before landing in the Los Angeles river. This course makes no sense. The way the landing is depicted in the movie, the shuttle is flying with downtown to its right, which would basically mean it's gliding from inland toward the ocean, or roughly the opposite direction of its initial approach. Yet the movie makes it seem as if was mostly coming down in a straight line with a slight turn to align with the river. In between the time the ship flies from over the ocean and finally touches down, it manages to fly over Dodger Stadium and disrupts a baseball game. Dodger Stadium is to the northeast of downtown Los Angeles and the flood channels where the shuttle lands. Further, the shuttle is shown flying from the outfield toward home plate, which, considering how Dodger Stadium is oriented, would have the shuttle flying north to south, perpendicular to a heading from the ocean toward inland. This is the real Dodger Stadium, and not a generic "movie stadium," as the Dodgers are one of the teams playing and the batter is Shawn Green, one of the real Dodgers players at the time. The only way the shuttle's movements make sense would be if it overshot the city completely, then made a sharp right turn to fly over the stadium before landing in the river, which is more or less south of the stadium. However, it flies over the stadium before mission control suggests a turn toward the river, and before there's any indication that the shuttle has deviated from a straight approach from the ocean toward the city (the mission commander is very worried about hitting the buildings). If the shuttle had enough time and altitude to basically turn around in its approach, it could have tried to aim for an airport or other landing strip within the city. The shuttle could have flown over Dodger Stadium from the ocean, but then would have had to land around Pasadena and not closer to downtown LA. However, in order to achieve a gag of the shuttle distracting the batter so he'd strike out, the shuttle had to come from the outfield; otherwise, the shuttle would have flown over the front of the stadium, so the batter would have had his back to it and wouldn't have been able to see it coming the way he saw it coming from the outfield, where there aren't as many structures to obscure it.


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Suggested correction: It wouldn't land on the airport, as it would probably be LA INTL, which has too short runways for a space shuttle even if it wasn't going in too fast.

Continuity mistake: On the ship, Dr. Zimsky reveals that project DESTINI is an acronym and that the last letter is "I" and not "Y." (INI standing for INItiative). When Rat is at his computer, he goes to the website for Project Destiny, with a "Y" and not an "I." This same thing happens when the Project Destiny subtitle flashes across the screen.

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