And so, in the new—and extraordinary—movie Gravity , when Sandra Bullock comes inside after a spacewalk, she shucks her pressure suit and floats about in a crop-top and boxer briefs, perfectly toned, perfectly lovely, zero-g eye candy. Disclosure: I wrote the book on which Apollo 13 was based and served as a consultant on the movie. Gravity is a space disaster and survival movie that never happened in real life—though in smaller and surely less cinematic ways it could. The triggering incident in Gravity —equivalent to the exploding oxygen tank in Apollo 13 —occurs when Russia launches a missile to destroy one of its own satellites, accidentally creating a chain reaction that demolishes most of the communications satellites orbiting the planet. An American space shuttle is in orbit on a Hubble Telescope repair mission at the time, and not only does the satellite disaster plunge the crew into radio blackout, it also puts them directly in the path of a high-speed swarm of space junk that whips around the planet every 90 minutes. The shuttle gets clobbered, most of the astronauts die, something less than hilarity ensues.
Interstellar Science: 'That's Relativity'
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Wind back the clock, wind back the clock until you get a universe born from a black hole explosion. James Marsh: I met with Stephen before we made the film and he gave us his sort of tacit approval. He came to that and he arrived it was like a spaceship landing. The voice you hear in the film is in fact his voice and that changed the film in a very mysterious way. The material could hardly be richer. Hawking is both an important scientist and a fixture of popular culture, the author of best-selling books that seek to explain concepts comprehensible only to specialists.
10 Ludicrous Action Scenes That Laugh In The Face Of Physics
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Thank you for registering with Physics World If you'd like to change your details at any time, please visit My account. Imagine being able to watch movies for your undergraduate studies. But this is what students at Boston University are doing as part of a cinema-physica course. Every week students watch movies such as Unbreakable , The Sixth Sense , and Armageddon , and use class discussions and experiments to examine the basic physics behind some of the scenes in the movie. The course is run by physicist Andrew Cohen who says that it is meant to give humanities students a better sixth?