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NASA deems 2012 the most ridiculous sci-fi movie ever, with Gattaca the most plausible

01.06.2011

Seeing as we'd rather spend our tax dollars on endless wars and bankrolling corporations, NASA has a lot less to do than they used to, which is apparently why they're making movie lists like these. What do scientists think are the most and least plausible movies about space and space travel? Here's the most ridiculous list first:

1. 2012 (2009)

2. The Core (2003)

3. Armageddon (1998)

4. Volcano (1997)

5. Chain Reaction (1996)

6. The 6th Day (2000)

7. What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

And now the most plausible:

1. Gattaca (1997)

2. Contact (1997)

3. Metropolis (1927)

4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

5. Woman in the Moon (1929)

6. The Thing from Another World (1951)

7. Jurassic Park (1993)

So what I've learned from this is that we're much more likely to meet aliens and clone dinosaurs back into existence than we are to suffer a worldwide calamity that would end life on earth as we know it. Good to know. The future sounds fun.

With GATTACA at number one, does that mean we'll be genetically engineering our kids to be badasses in the near future? Well "near" is a relative term, but with new progress hunting down secrets of the genome, I wouldn't be surprised for my grandkids to be living in a future like that some day. 

Extra Tidbit: 2012 had so many factual errors in it, NASA created a special web page solely devoted to disproving the film's science.

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