Thursday, December 30, 2010

In space, no one can hear you scream. Because there's not enough molecules in space for the sound to propogate. DER!

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I got a kick out of this post from io9:  Bad Move Physics Report Card, which rates the accuracy of science in movies about space.

Star Wars got the worst score.  (You can't dodge a laser, dum dum, it moves at the speed of light!)  Yet, the 1983 film The Right Stuff got a clean bill of health for its accurate portrayal of space-related phenomenon.

The Right Stuff was nominated for Best Picture the year it was released and is one of my all-time favorites movies.  It's based on a book by Tom Wolfe about the original Mercury 7 Astronauts and early NASA days. A lot of it was filmed at Edwards Air Force Base, where I lived and worked for a few years. Beautifully shot, touching, funny, and a great ensemble cast. Highly recommended!

The original trailer does not do the film justice. So here's the first few minutes of the movie:

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