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NASA missions and dangers in space—research topic on the accuracy of Gravity the movie

A box office hit and winner of seven Academy Awards shows how heavily interested the public is with space. (Credit: Thomas Harbaugh)

A box office hit and winner of seven Academy Awards shows how heavily interested the public is with space. (Credit: Thomas Harbaugh)

Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone, with Gravity the movie garnering seven total statues, attention is once again focused on how accurately the film represents the dangers in space for NASA missions. The fact that the movie has made more than $270 million so far indicates that the public is very interested in space, but are they receiving inaccurate information? Astronauts and space experts have weighed in with research and explanations for what the movie gets right and where it veers into fantasy. Read more