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article imageNASA experts say '2012' is the most absurd science-fiction film

By Andrew Moran     Jan 4, 2011 in Science
Los Angeles - Recently, NASA held a private meeting at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California in order to discuss many of the doomsday science-fiction motion pictures. They are urging Hollywood to produce more realistic films.
Following the release of last year’s end of the world, doomsday Hollywood blockbuster, “2012,” NASA took the time to publish a Question and Answer period to discuss the whole 2012 phenomena and whether or not the world will end.
The box office smash hit has also led NASA experts to label it as the most scientifically flawed science-fiction motion picture. During the day-long conference, NASA heads also pleaded for Hollywood studio heads to come up with more plausible and scientifically sound films.
“The filmmakers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012,” said head of NASA’s near-earth asteroid rendezvous mission, Donald Yeomans, in an interview with the Australian. “The agency is getting so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths. We have never had to do this before.”
For those who are wondering why NASA is critiquing movies instead of searching for comets, alien planets and near-earth objects, the U.S. space agency argues that these films are forcing people to worry about non-existent problems.
Prior to “2012,” NASA listed Michael Bay’s “Armageddon,” Hilary Swank’s “The Core,” Tommy Lee Jones’ “Volcano,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The 6th Day” and Keanu Reeves’ “Chain Reaction” as the most scientifically flawed films.
However, not all sci-fi films are bad. NASA believes Ethan Hawke’s “Gattaca,” Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” and Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” are scientifically “realistic.”
What will NASA say about Roland Emmerich’s next project? Emmerich will be producing an end of the world film called “2016: End of the Night.” It surrounds the story of Earth four years after its end.
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