My friend Kelsey asked me about some pictures she saw of the Shuttle in orbit. The pictures show the Shuttle being destroyed, and were claimed to have been taken by an Israeli spy satellite. She guessed they were from a movie, though.
She was right (she's a space nerd after all, though she'd never admit it, so don't tell her I said so). Here are the pix:
Click to embiggen. Can you guess the movie? It's Armageddon, the suckiest suck that ever sucked. It's not like that movie didn't do enough damage when it came out, but for years it's been making the rounds of teh intertoobs as an email meme. I first wrote about this back in 2003 (see the March 13 entry), when the pictures were first being circulated. And they're still around! Amazing.
Anyway, if you see an astronomy or space picture that looks too good to be true, send 'em to me (well, send a link) and I'll see what I can do to sniff 'em out.