NASA revels in ”Gravity”

NASA celebrates Sandra Bullock, George Clooney's space movie "Gravity" after it gets seven Oscars

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Not that it was against the movie, but NASA has jumped on the outer-space blockbuster bandwagon “Gravity” after it won seven Academy Awards this week. The space agency posted a bunch of pictures and congratulatory videos directed at the makers and actors in the movie. Here’s a look at what NASA said and some of other interesting things about the movie.

“NASA congratulates everyone involved with producing the movie "Gravity" for all of the Oscar wins, especially Alfonso Cuarón for winning "Best Director" at the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony held on March 2, 2014.”

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NASA tweeted these images to promote its own gravity experiences.

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From NASA: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "Gravity," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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On Sept. 16, 2013 Expedition 26 astronaut Cady Coleman spoke with actress Sandra Bullock to discuss Bullock’s character in the movie. While developing her role, Bullock gave Coleman a call while she was aboard the space station. At the time, the actress asked Coleman to elaborate on what it’s like living and moving about in microgravity. “I told her that I had long hair, and if you pulled a hair out and pushed it against something, you could move yourself across the space station,” said Coleman. “That’s how little force it takes."

NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino adds his "Gravity"congratulations.

Fire played a large role in the movie and the study of flames has been the subject of a number of experiments onboard the ISS.

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NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman congratulates the cast and crew of the Academy Award-winning film "Gravity" on their achievement. Coleman lived aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 27, while "Gravity" was being filmed, and spoke with the film's star, Sandra Bullock, from space.

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According to NASA “Gravity had more stars than just Bullock and Clooney, the International Space Station. Look closely during the film’s interior shots of the space station and you may get a glimpse into what’s really going on 240 miles above Earth.

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The untethered space walk is still a pretty amazing fete in real life, of course it looked more routine and frightening in Gravity.  The first by space shuttle Challenger astronaut Bruce McCandless from 1984 is shown here from the space shuttle Challenger.

Chinese Tiangong

The ISS wasn’t the only space star of the movie though.  The Chinese Tiangong space lab module and Shenzhou spacecraft were important as well.

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Of course initiating the main plot of the movie is space debris which hits the space shuttle and the Hubble telescope. The ISS NASA has, during its first 15 years of operations, made 16 space junk collision avoidance maneuvers and been closely threatened another four times.

Sandra Bullock

(If you haven’t seen the movie don’t read this entry!) Bullock’s character lands back on Earth via the Shenzhou spacecraft which is based on Russian Soyuz space technology.

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If you have seen the movie you certainly recall Bullock’s conversation with some one (she didn’t know who) on Earth.  This movie short shows the other side of the emotional conversation.