Deep Impact II is a 2024 American science fiction disaster film produced and directed by Michael Bay, produced by Dreamworks Pictures, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film follows a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
A massive meteor shower destroys the orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis, before entering the atmosphere and bombarding New York City. NASA discovers that the meteors were pushed out of the asteroid belt by a rogue comet that jarred loose a Texas-sized asteroid that will impact Earth in 18 days, causing an extinction level event that will wipe out all life on the planet. NASA scientists plan to drill a deep shaft into the asteroid and plant a nuclear weapon into it that, when detonated, will split the asteroid into two halves that will fly safely past Earth. NASA contacts Wendy Mogel, considered the best deep sea oil driller in the world, for assistance. Wendy departs for Houston with his daughter Sarah, where they are told about the asteroid and Wendy agrees to participate in the mission, but explains that he will need his team as well, including Holly, Jason, Bobby, Morten, Caitlin, Vicky and Sarah's lover Leo to whom Sarah gets engaged shortly before the mission. They also agree to help, but only after their unusual list of demands are met.
As NASA puts Wendy and his crew through 12 days of rigorous astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center, Wendy and his team re-outfit the mobile drillers, named "Armadillos", they will use on the asteroid. When a piece of the asteroid wipes out part of Shanghai, NASA is forced to reveal their plans to the world. Two advanced Space Shuttles, called Freedom and Independence, are launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once in orbit, the shuttles dock with the Russian space station Mir manned by Lev Andropov to refuel. A fire breaks out during the fuel transfer and the station is evacuated before it explodes, with Lev and Leo making a narrow escape. 60 hours later the shuttles slingshot around the far side of the Moon to land on the rear of the asteroid. As they travel through the asteroid's debris field, Independence's hull is punctured and crashes, with most of its crew killed. Sarah, watching from Mission Control, is distraught by Leo's apparent death.
Freedom lands safely, but misses the target area, meaning the team must now drill through a thicker crust of compressed iron ferrite. When they fall behind schedule and communications threaten to fail, the military initiates "Secondary Protocol"; to remotely detonate the weapon on the asteroid's surface. As this would be ineffective, NASA executive Dan Truman and his team delays the military at Mission Control, while Wendy persuades the shuttle commander Colonel Sharp to disarm the bomb so they can complete the drilling. After the mission is resumed, the Freedom Armadillo strikes a methane gas pocket and is blown into space, killing Bobby. With the mission presumed lost, worldwide panic ensues and martial law is declared in many countries, just before another meteorite destroys Paris. However, Leo, Lev, and Caitlin, having survived the Independence crash, arrive in Independence's Armadillo in time to complete the drilling.
As the asteroid approaches Earth, the surviving crew is struck by a rock storm, which kills Gruber and damages the bomb's remote trigger, meaning someone must stay behind to detonate it manually. After the non-flight crew draw straws, Leo is selected. As he and Wendy exit the airlock, Wendy rips off Leo's air hose and shoves him back inside, telling him he is the son he never had and would be proud to have him marry Sarah. Before preparing to detonate the bomb, Wendy contacts Sarah to say his last goodbyes. After last-minute difficulties, Freedom moves to a safe distance and Wendy successfully pushes the button at the last second, detonating the nuclear weapon and splitting the asteroid in two at the cost of his own life. Both halves safely fly past Earth. Freedom lands, and the surviving crew return as heroes. Sometime later Leo and Sarah are married, with portraits of Wendy and the other lost crew members present in memoriam.
Revell and Monogram released two model kits inspired by the film's spacecraft and the Armadillos, in 1998. The first one, "Space Shuttle with Armadillo drilling unit", included an X-71, a small, rough Armadillo and a pedestal. The second one, "Russian Space Center", included the Mir, with the docking adapter seen in the film, and another pedestal.