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Old 07-16-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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It was 1st stage separation and deceleration did in fact happen, several Apollo astronauts have commented on it. The prevailing theory is that it's due to the stack being compressed, then released.

Apollo 13 got it worse than most, due to a sequencer error - the retro thrusters on the 1st stage (small rockets firing upward, to push the spent stage away) fired before the explosive bolts separated the stage.
Hmm...well perhaps the other poster was then bothered by how gravity seemed to disappear just after leaving the Earth's atmosphere, even though the spacecraft was not centripetally accelerating nearly as fast as the Space Shuttle.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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I was appalled at the lack of true scientific fact in The Reluctant Astronaut, starring Don Knotts.

However, on reflection, I suppose it was as accurate as most science fiction/fantasy movies.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I love reading the lists of Goofs that viewers have spotted in movies. Apollo 13 has more than a hundred of them.

Apollo 13 (1995) - Goofs
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:42 AM
 
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I was appalled at the lack of true scientific fact in The Reluctant Astronaut, starring Don Knotts.

However, on reflection, I suppose it was as accurate as most science fiction/fantasy movies.
Is that the film where the protagonist wants lunch and misreads the launch button as saying 'lunch'?
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Maine
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That is true, with the exception of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
2001 is great art, but it isn't great entertainment.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Armageddon with Bruce Willis. That movie made huge mockery of science.
How can science be mocked if it's not a person?
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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2001 is great art, but it isn't great entertainment.
I say it's both.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I love reading the lists of Goofs that viewers have spotted in movies. Apollo 13 has more than a hundred of them.

Apollo 13 (1995) - Goofs
Did you watch the movie or just inspect it for scientific errors?
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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Battlestar Galactica, while good in many respects, does not strike me as very good on the science of of space. But honestly I don't know that much about it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:07 AM
 
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Yeah all those movies with huge, impressive and LOUD explosions in space. But hey, Hollywood has to sell to the masses and people expect explosions to be noisy.
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