Five Things Movies Get Completely Wrong about NASA

TVOvermind | 11/11/2017 | Wake
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There are certain subjects in the movies that tend to get stretched out of proportion and thrown out of whack with very little effort and NASA seems to be one of them. NASA is the favorite subject of a lot of movies and yet it never seems to get represented one hundred percent correctly and it’s usually because the story that’s using NASA as one of its major plot points is so unbelievable. In fact one of the only movies I think that I can pull from memory that used this program in a way that made absolute sense was Apollo 13, and that’s largely because the movie was based on a real event that occurred in history. Any other time it seems like Hollywood is fully intent on taking what they want and leaving the rest, the reality, on the cutting room floor.

It makes for better theater to get things wrong sometimes.

People - Space

5. They don’t send people to space that aren’t prepared for it.

In several movies people are shot into space because they have a skill set that is useful on the ground or somewhere on the earth’s surface. That doesn’t mean that they’re ready to blast off into space and search for stable ground to do the same kind of work. This very big flaw in the films that have utilized such a tactic is kind of a big deal.

Chain - Command

4. There is a definite chain of command that has to be followed.

In some movies the chain of command has been subverted to either avoid disaster or to thwart the efforts of someone that’s about to do something that could be...
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