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(2003)

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(at around 9 mins) Near the end of the "birds" scene, a trout is seen smashing into a window instead of a pigeon. This was a joke left in by the team that did the CG pigeons.
In the film, it is stated that the deepest hole ever dug was 7 miles deep. This is an actual fact: the shaft in question is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, a Russian project.
One of the scientific experts consulted for the making of the movie was Dr. David Stevenson of Cal-Tech. After talking to the producers, he thought of a scientifically possible way to send an unmanned probe to the core. His idea was published in the prestigious science journal Nature on 15 May 2003.
At the University of British Columbia, Canada, an Earth and Ocean Science course (EOSC 310) uses this film as a learning tool by showing the film to students and then analyzing the bad science behind it. Ironically, at least one of UBC's professors was consulted during the shoots that were done in Vancouver.
"Unobtainium" (sometimes spelled "Unobtanium") is a term used by science fiction fans (and some authors) for an extremely rare, not yet discovered, or physically impossible substance necessary for a given task.
In demonstrating the physics of what is happening, Aaron Eckhart's character uses a peach to make his point. Unfortunately none of the peaches brought to the set were suitable so an apple was painted and had a peachstone inserted into its middle.
Rat's demands changed three times during the progression from trailers to final film. In the original trailer, he demands "I want Star Trek (1966) tapes and Hot Pockets." In the recent trailer, he demands "I want SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) tapes and Hot Pockets." In the final film, he settles for "I want Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) tapes and Hot Pockets."
The space shuttle landing time from the sonic boom to touchdown is the same as the real space shuttle
The Trafalgar Square scene took 6 months to complete as the vast majority of the birds were computer generated.
The exploding Colosseum in Rome was created using a 40-foot model.
The "Virgil" is named for the Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro, aka Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), author of the "Aeneid" and Dante Alighieri's guide through Hell in "The Divine Comedy".
After the the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, trailers for the film were recalled to remove a brief scene of a space shuttle making an emergency landing (as this was felt to be to reminiscent of the recent event, but the producers stated that the sequence wouldn't be removed from the actual film.
Originally slated for release on 1 November 2002, the film was pushed back five months to give the visual effects crew more time to perfect the CGI scenes.
On 16 March 2002, some scenes were filmed on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) while it was in Everett, Washington.
Aaron Eckhart claimed that he took a role in this picture because the script came to him shortly after 9/11 and he wanted a good paycheck during an uncertain time in the world.
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Christopher Young's score employed a 120-person orchestra and over 40 choristers.
When Beck is piloting Virgil around the diamonds, the control stick she's using is a Logitech Attack 3 joystick.
This movie is a remake of a low budget movie called "Deep Core" starring Terry Farrel (Star Trek DS9) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek TNG)
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Unobtainium is also the rare and valuable material found only on Pandora in the movie Avatar (2009).
DESTINI stands for Deep Earth Seismic Trigger INItiative.
Peter Hyams was originally slated to direct.
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour resides at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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