Launch date: 2000 Pilot: Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones) flies his team of former test pilots and young astronauts into space aboard the Daedalus. Dr. Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood) flies them home. Shuttle mission: The team is tasked with retrieving a Soviet satellite about to fall out of orbit. But when they capture the satellite, they find it is armed with nuclear missiles, and they decide to send it out into deep space, away from the Earth. Outcome: Their plan is thwarted when the shuttle collides with a satellite, causing serious damage. Hawkins goes on a suicide mission, piloting the satellite and its deadly cargo away from the Earth, and Corvin lands the shuttle safely. Industrial Light & Magic / Warner Bros.