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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:59 AM

Mark Kelly gives an astronaut’s view of ‘Gravity’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/mark-kelly-gives-an-astronauts-view-of-gravity/2013/10/11/2b4e5e6c-3286-11e3-9c68-1cf643210300_story.html?hpid=z14

Last weekend, my wife, Gabby, and I went to see the movie “Gravity” at our neighborhood theater in Tucson. I’m a retired astronaut who has been to space four times, so I’m usually a bit skeptical of films that take place in space. For me, watching movies about space is like a congresswoman watching “House of Cards.” It’s entertaining, but it’s obviously not the real thing.

(. . .)

But the truth is, most of this doesn’t matter. Cuarón has given us a glimpse of the awe that is the universe beyond our atmosphere. And physics aside, he does it remarkably well.

My only hope is that we continue our exploration of space in real life, too. The majority of NASA employees have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown. If Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan were a real person, she’d still be waiting on the beach somewhere on planet Earth.

So, do me a favor. After you see “Gravity,” tell your member of Congress. Perhaps it will inspire them to put NASA employees back to work.


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Fumesucker Oct 2013 OP
Hekate Oct 2013 #1
Brewinblue Oct 2013 #2
uriel1972 Oct 2013 #4
CTyankee Oct 2013 #5
MichaelKelley Oct 2013 #3
Bluenorthwest Oct 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2013 #7
Half-Century Man Oct 2013 #8

Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:00 AM

1. KnR

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:40 AM

2. Gravity

The movie is a stunning and incomparable piece of cinematic art.

It's terribly expensive, but manned space exploration is vital to the human quest for knowledge and understanding of our universe and existence.

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Response to Brewinblue (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:03 AM

4. I can't recall the exact details, but I read in an article...

The USDoD spent about as much on air-conditioning in the middle east bases as the US spent on NASA during the same time period.
Priorities... Priorities...

ps. I do not begrudge the service-people getting air-conditioning. I do not think they should have been there at all.
pps. Just wanted to show that space exploration is not as expensive as you might think.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:13 AM

5. I wonder if folks with their cell phones understand how much the space program they should thank.

Satellite technology has been incredibly valuable to us in our modern lives. NASA was key in its development. The pay-off has been huge...

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:58 AM

3. Thanks

Thanks for the real view of the space, we know that in what they show is not real, but still we get tempted by this and love to watch them. Thanks for your support.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:48 AM

6. It’s entertaining, but it’s obviously not the real thing. Uh, really?

 

The last person I want to hear speak about a film is the person who 'does that in real life'. The only thing I remember Kelly doing is promoting gun ownership in the media by among other things posing with a Glock and his wife who was shot by a Glock. Kelly should be happy life is not a movie, because in a movie a guy who sill loves the gun that shot his wife would be seen as a bad guy, not a good guy.
Not a big fan of Mark 'I love religion and guns' Kelly. Sorry.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:49 AM

7. He didn't do that to PROMOTE guns. He did it to promote laws to make it harder to get one.

 

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 09:17 AM

8. When I first heard about "Gravity", I thought about

a manga (Japanese comic) series I read years ago, "Planetes" by Yukimura Makoto. I checked it out from my local library. I highly recommend it to everyone.
A story about humans in space. Orbital garbagemen.

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