Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]
These images are frames from the special effects-laden opening sequence of the 1998 whammy film Armageddon in which the Space Shuttle Atlantis is destroyed by the leading edge of debris from a comet-enclosed asteroid, thereby alerting NASA to the problem that an Earth-bound doomsday asteroid is a mere
Even if these images were not recognizable as still frames from a theatrical movie, they could still be dismissed as "actual photographs of the Columbia's destruction" because:
- The Columbia did not "explode" all at once as depicted here. It disintegrated over hundreds of miles as it
re-enteredEarth's atmosphere and traveled across the western United States on approach to its scheduled landing site in Florida.
- The images shown here depict a shuttle in orbit. The Columbia disaster occurred when the ship broke up while it was streaking through the atmosphere at
12,000 MPHduring re-entry,well after it had left orbit.
- There was no photographic instrument in space (on an "Israeli satellite" or elsewhere) trained on the shuttle at the right moment to capture the type of images shown here.