Sometimes a movie brings alive real life events, but those events could actually happen and sometimes it couldn’t. I was reading an article about how NASA feared that the events in the movie ‘Gravity’ could actually happen. But before I go into the article, I would like to discuss events that happen in “true story” movies. Could those events really happen? If they happen, Is there a way to prevent it? Should Hollywood stop producing movies that portray real life events? The article below shows NASA’s perspective on the movie ‘Gravity. In the movie ‘Gravity’ by Alfonso Cauron, Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut whose goal is to repair an instrument as soon as possible, but her plans are ruined by a series of terrifying events that have crossed the minds of astronauts and space junkies. Below are some of the trials that Bullock’s characters faces (spoiler alert) and their chances of actually happening, according to NASA experts:
The evidence below states the challenges:
“Russia blew up its own satellite and created a tsunami of space junk.”
“I got disconnected from my ship.”
“We can’t get home.”
“The space station is on fire.”
The first challenge is possible, but space junk can only pose as a threat if it is flying lower than 400-kilometers. NASA does track down the space junk in this zone, and the station’s thruster can change it’s orbit slightly to avoid crashing. The second challenge is extremely unlikely because an astronaut’s chance of getting disconnected from the ship is very small. If they get disconnected, astronauts space walk in pairs and wear thruster belts. No space walkers or their steel tethers have ever been struck by debris. If by any chance, an astronaut does get hit by debris they must get back to the vehicle as soon as possible. The third challenge is extremely because NASA requires all missions to have an escape capsule. The ISS have two Russian Soyuz capsules and NASA always has an escape capsule. The fourth challenge is possible because as Uhran says, “Fire is one of the greatest hazards that can occur on the space station.” In 1997 an oxygen canister ignited the Russian station Mir, which resulted in smoke and meter high flames. Cosmonaut Valery Korzun managed to drench the flames. If he failed, half the crew could have died because the fire blocked the way to one of the two Soyuz escape capsules. But Uhran says that materials on the space station have high ignition temperatures so that small fires won’t spread. I believe that NASA does have a right to be afraid of those events of happening in real life. Even those these just happened in a movie, there is a possibility that these could’ve actually happened.