Can Crisis in “Gravity” Really Happen?
“Gravity” has wowed audiences with stunning visual effects that present a world without, well, gravity, and astronauts and scientists are weighing in today about how realistic the space epic really is.
The movie, which stars Sandra Bullock as a medical doctor on her first trip to space under the tutelage of veteran astronaut George Clooney, pulled in some $55 million in its opening weekend.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, made his thoughts on the movie public Sunday in a Twitter rant in which he pointed out things the movie got wrong under that catchphrase “Mysteries of #Gravity.”
Tyson conceded that the likelihood of space debris rocketing toward the International Space Station or a shuttle is a realistic threat, but, he said, it would be travelling the exact opposite direction it does in the film.
Dan Barry, a former NASA astronaut who went to space three times between 1996 and 2001, said that debris collision is a concern. In fact, astronauts have even had to deal with spacecraft colliding.
Source: ABC News