Science 5

Jan Ralph Go

Teacher Michael

5- Sunflower

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I was surprised when a massive meteor shower destroys the Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombards
parts of New York City, the East Coast and Finland. NASA discovers that a Texas-sized asteroid will
collide with Earth in 18 days, creating another extinction event. With the military, NASA scientists, led by
Dan Truman plan to embed a nuclear device 800 feet within the asteroid that, when detonated, will split
the asteroid in two parts that will both safely fly past the Earth. NASA contacts Harry Stamper,
considered the best deep-sea oil driller in the world, for assistance and advice. Harry returns to NASA
along with his daughter Grace to keep her away from one of his young and more rambunctious drillers, A.
J. Frost, who has fallen in love with her much to Harry's dismay. Harry and Grace learn of the critical
issues of the asteroid from Truman, and Harry explains he will need his team members, including A. J., to
carry out the mission. Once they have been rounded up and Harry explains the situation to them, they
agree to help, but only after they are assured of being rewarded from an eclectic list of demands.
I was so scared when a large fragment from the asteroid wipes out Shanghai. NASA is forced to
reveal
its
plans
to
the
world.
NASA
launches
two military
space
shuttles ,
named Freedom and Independence. Once in orbit, the shuttles dock with a Russian space station manned
by Lev Andropov to refuel with liquid oxygen. A fire breaks out during the transfer, and the station is
evacuated before it explodes, with Lev and A. J. making a narrow escape on Independence. The shuttles
continue the plan, slingshotting around the Moon in order to land on the backside of the asteroid.
Travelling through the debris field behind the asteroid, Independence is punctured by debris and crashes
onto the asteroid. Grace, watching from NASA headquarters, becomes distraught over A. J.'s apparent
death.
I like the part when A. J. was selected to trigger manually. As he and Harry exit the airlock, Harry
rips A. J.'s air hose and shoves him back in, telling him that he's the son he never had, and he'd be proud
to have him marry Grace. Harry assumes responsibility for detonating the bomb (and tells A. J. that his
job is "taking care of his little girl"), and contacts Grace to say his last goodbyes. After
the Freedom moves to a safe distance, Harry detonates the bomb at the last minute, and his life passes
before his eyes as the bomb rips through the asteroid. The asteroid, as predicted, breaks in two, and both
halves miss the Earth. Freedom lands and the surviving crew are treated as heroes. At A. J. and Grace's
wedding, photos of Harry and the other lost crew members are present in memoriam.
I like the movie very much. The story shows the bravery of the father who sacrifice himself just
to save the whole world. This is a movie disaster that starts off funny and ends funny. This movie was
funny, romantic, very sad at times and very suspenseful. I would recommend this movie to all my friends
and relatives that they must watch this movie or else they will lose ½ of their life.