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ASTROPHYSICIST REVIEWS GRAVITY ON TWITTER

October 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would suspend the dramatic license the makers of Gravity used in telling their tale of two astronauts who become suspended in space following an accident during a spacewalk. Tyson let loose with a series of critical tweets on Sunday beginning with “The film #Gravity should be renamed ‘Zero Gravity,'” since the film deals with conditions of zero gravity, but many of his 1.4 million Twitter followers apparently felt that “zero” was the grade Tyson had assigned to the screenplay. Tyson also wanted to know why the character played by Sandra Bullock, “a medical doctor, is servicing the Hubble Space Telescope” and why the astronaut played by Clooney “informs medical doctor Bullock what happens medically during oxygen deprivation.” Each of Tyson’s tweets were prefaced with the words, “Mysteries of #Gravity.” They also included, “When Clooney releases Bullock’s tether, he drifts away. In zero-G a single tug brings them together.” Another: “Nearly all satellites orbit Earth west to east yet all satellite debris portrayed orbited east to west.” Yet another: “Why Bullock’s hair, in otherwise convincing zero-G scenes, did not float freely on her head.” But then finally, and surprisingly: “If you must know, I enjoyed #Gravity very much.” No one connected with the film’s production responded immediately to Tyson’s tweets.