Neil deGrasse Tyson spoils ‘Gravity’ by pointing out inaccuracies

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gravityNEW YORK, NY – Gravity or zero gravity — that is the question.

The answer, Gravity (the movie) is a huge box office success; so why have Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweets caused such a hubbub?

Tyson, a noted astrophysicist, pointed out some of the scientific inaccuracies in the movie.

Tyson posted: “How Hubble (350mi up) ISS (230mi up) and a Chinese space station are all in sight lines of one another.”

Dr. Carolyn Sumners of the Houston Museum of Natural Science explained, “We had to have orbits cross each other to pull off a disaster, so some improbable things had to be put into the movie to make the movie work.”

Another of Tyson’s Tweets ready, “Why Bullock’s hair, in otherwise convincing zero-g scenes, did not float free on her head.”

Sumners answered, “It’s very difficult to be standing in a gravity field like ours, and simulate floating.”

OK, so the movie wasn’t 100% accurate. But do we really expect accuracy from Hollywood or just a couple of hours of entertainment?

Even Tyson added in a Tweet, “but if you must know, I enjoyed Gravity very much.”

Give Hollywood a break, after all, they’re not rocket scientists!

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