I am looking for this movie that I saw as a kid on the early 90s (though I am fairly sure it was a film from the 80s). All I remember was that this group of young kids somehow got stuck on a space shuttle that was shot into orbit and then they must perform repairs and follow the advice of a female astronaut in order to safely make reentry.

  • Because the space shuttle came down eventually... Apr 2, 2021 at 2:26

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Seems virtually certain this is SpaceCamp (1986).

I haven't actually seen the movie, but the basic plot is that a bunch of kids at the NASA sponsored SpaceCamp are given the chance to tour a Space Shuttle on the actual launch pad -- I know of no sensible reason this would have been allowed with the External Tank fueled (and during the relatively short time it could be kept so before boiloff of the propellants was a major issue) -- but somehow, while they were aboard, the Shuttle got launched and automatic systems put it into an orbit (ignore the need for OMS maneuvers to ensure the ET is burned up in atmosphere and the orbiter kept in orbit).

So now, we have half a dozen teenagers and their mid-20s counselor in orbit, none of them qualified pilots, never mind trained astronauts.

This is why I haven't watched the movie, but the overall plot is that they do, in fact, manage to reenter and land the Orbiter safely.

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    Just occurred to the terrible timing this movie had -- releasing mere months after the loss of Challenger and her crew.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Apr 1, 2021 at 17:54
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    That's the one. I never realised as a kid the terrible timing this movie had. I believe I mush have watched it around 1992 or 1993.
    – Raphael
    Apr 1, 2021 at 18:00
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    If you think that’s bad, try Apollo 13! A spaceship on the way to the moon in the 1970s has a problem, and the screenwriters would have us believe the astronauts can somehow build carbon dioxide scrubbers using spare parts and some plastic bags! Apr 1, 2021 at 18:05
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    @PaulD.Waite Well, that's what happens when you put Forrest Gump in command of your moon shot.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Apr 1, 2021 at 18:23
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    "This is why I haven't watched the movie" It had Kate Capshaw, Kelly Preston, AND Lea Thompson. There was a 0% chance 13-year-old me wasn't watching it
    – Kevin
    Apr 2, 2021 at 17:35

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