Michael Bay’sArmageddonfollows a rag-tag team of spacemen trying to stop an asteroid that threatens to collide with Earth. While the film was a critical flop, it became a cult classic, and the space disaster movie has proven to be closely aligned with reality after Wednesday's space launch.
The over-the-top movie director took to social media this week to show his respect to NASA, which has just launched a 1,200-pound spacecraft into space in an attempt to destroy an asteroid headed towards Earth.
Tooting his own horn, Bay wrote, “I told you so. But no one wanted to listen to me. NASA’s DART rocket lifted off today! It’s going to do a little BAYHEM in space!”
The key difference between NASA’s DART mission and Bay’s Armageddon is that NASA is sending its unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 to destroy a small asteroid known as Dimorphous, which is moving at 15,000 miles per hour. The goal is for the spacecraft to hit the asteroid sometime next year, knocking Dimorphous off its crash course.
While Bay acknowledges that Armageddon wasn’t the inspiration behind NASA’s DART mission, he does feel that the film brought awareness to the possible threats from outer space.
In an interview with TheWrap, Bay stated, “It just makes the world aware that there is a big effin’ problem that we might have one day, so it’s better to get our asses in gear now and practice for what can be a very serious situation.”
Although this DART mission won’t be scored by Aerosmith, we can enjoy this little win with Bay as he gets ready for his new film, Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal, to hit theaters in February.
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