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Meteor (1979) is a film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international, cold war politics in their efforts to prevent disaster. The movie starred Sean Connery. // Events March 5 - Production begins on The Empire Strikes Back, the first sequel to Star Wars. ... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Jump to: navigation, search An asteroid is a small, solid object in our Solar System, orbiting the Sun. ... Jump to: navigation, search Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ... Jump to: navigation, search For the generic term for a high-tension rivalry between countries, see cold war (war). ... Jump to: navigation, search [[Image:|300px|right|thumb|Sean Connery]] Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland) better known simply as Sean Connery, is an Oscar winning Scottish actor who has starred in many films and is best known as the original cinematic James Bond. ...


It was directed by Ronald Neame and with a screenplay by Edmund H. North and Stanley Mann and co-starring Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Henry Fonda, Jump to: navigation, search A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Jump to: navigation, search Natalie Wood Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981), better known as Natalie Wood, was an American film actress. ... Karl Malden portraying Gen. ... Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 - June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Trevor Howard Trevor Howard CBE (September 29, 1913 - January 7, 1988) was a British actor. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ...

Plot

The opening sequence involves a crew of astronauts that observes a collision between a comet and an asteroid named Orpheus. The astronauts and their ship are then destroyed by a fragment from the collision. Back on Earth, Dr. Paul Bradley (Connery) is dragged reluctantly to the offices of his former boss (Malden). They view the video footage of the doomed astronauts and it's explained that Orpheus is on a collision course with Earth. Jump to: navigation, search U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit (MMU) outside the Challenger in 1984. ... Photo of the comet Hale-Bopp above a tree. ... Jump to: navigation, search An asteroid is a small, solid object in our Solar System, orbiting the Sun. ... Jump to: navigation, search The head of Orpheus, from an 1865 painting by Gustave Moreau. ... Jump to: navigation, search Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


While the United States government and military engage in political maneuvering, other smaller and faster moving fragments rain down on Earth. The major plot point involves secret orbiting nuclear missile platforms, one put up by Dr. Bradley's team for the U.S. and another constructed by his counterpart in the Soviet Union. Both governments are reluctant to admit to the existence of these orbital weapons because they are in violation of international treaties (unnamed in the film but presumably like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). Bradley left the U.S. project because he intended it to meet threats like Orpheus, while the military seized it as a strategic weapon... with the weapons pointed downward. In physics, an orbit is the path that an object makes, around another object, whilst under the influence of a source of centripetal force, such as gravity. ... A nuclear missile is a type of: missile nuclear weapon It could also refer to a missile with some form of nuclear propulsion, such as the Project Pluto cruise missile. ... The bayonet, still used in war as both knife and spearpoint. ... Jump to: navigation, search A treaty is a binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations. ... NPT may stand for: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty National Pipe Thread This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The two superpowers finally agree to combine their weapons to deflect Orpheus from collision. Jump to: navigation, search A superpower is a state with the ability to influence events and project power on a super scale. ...


Similar films released in the 1990s included Armageddon and Deep Impact. Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... The album cover Armageddon is a 1998 disaster film/science fiction film about a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. ... Deep Impact is a 1998 disaster film/science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. ...


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Meteor (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (289 words)
Meteor (1979) is a film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international, cold war politics in their efforts to prevent disaster.
It was directed by Ronald Neame and with a screenplay by Edmund H. North and Stanley Mann and co-starring Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Henry Fonda, and Johnny Yune.
Both governments are reluctant to admit to the existence of these orbital weapons because they are in violation of international treaties (unnamed in the film but presumably like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).
Meteors (3044 words)
Meteors are bits of debris ranging in size from grains of sand to small pebbles that are left behind by comets.
Film is relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of your camera, and you probably won't shoot more than a roll in a night anyway.
Lets look at the example of the same meteor captured on two cameras, one with a wide angle lens, and one with a moderate telephoto, assuming that the trail is short enough to fit inside the frame of the telephoto.
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