NASA Astronaut Rates Unrealistic Space Movie Scenes | Movies Insider

  • Published on Nov 14, 2019
  • Hollywood loves making movies set in outer space. But how does the actual science in these films measure up? Garrett Reisman, a former NASA astronaut and a former director of space operations at SpaceX, reacts to 10 memorable scenes from famous space movies, rating each scenario based on its accuracy. Find out what black holes, microgravity, nitrogen jetpacks, vacuum chambers, sound waves, polycarbonate visors, centrifugal forces, the Coriolis effect, and lunar soil tell us about the accuracy of iconic space movies
    Can you hear something explode in the vacuum of space? Is it possible for spaceships to run out of fuel in the middle of space travel? Why do movies often get it wrong when it comes to rotating space stations? Reisman explains the science underlying these and many other space movie phenomena, including the physics of the Death Star in "Star Wars"; dangerous space debris in "Gravity"; artificial gravity plates in "Star Trek"; Matt Damon’s Iron Man stunt in "The Martian"; crash-landing on a desert planet in "Spaceballs"; and event horizons, wormholes, and Einstein’s theory of relativity in "Interstellar." What went so horribly wrong in the real-life NASA Apollo 13 mission - and did the 1995 Tom Hanks movie get all its facts right?
    He breaks down why scuba divers and astronauts both have to worry about decompression sickness, what's with the bending light inside the tesseract in "Interstellar," why Sandra Bullock should have held on to George Clooney in "Gravity," why Chris Pratt would get something called barotrauma in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1," and what’s so impressive about Stanley Kubrick's depiction of Space Station V, the fictional spinning spacecraft in "2001: A Space Odyssey."
    Reisman is a NASA veteran who was selected as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998 and went on to fly on all three of NASA's space shuttles: the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis. He's spent months at a time on the International Space Station and performed three spacewalks over the course of his missions. Post-NASA, Reisman went on to head space operations at Elon Musk's SpaceX from 2011 to 2018, helping the aerospace company prepare for human spaceflight. He continues to serve SpaceX as a senior space advisor while also teaching at the University of Southern California Viterbi School as a professor of astronautical engineering. Reisman's been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and has been featured on "The Colbert Report" with Stephen Colbert.
    Reisman is the author of the upcoming book "Down to Earth."
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Comments • 746

  • Sergio Muñiz
    Sergio Muñiz 10 hours ago

    Hang on to that clooney

  • dalinkwent202
    dalinkwent202 Day ago

    Can somebody get some ex-NASA guys to help make a better vape pen that doesn't kill people? Asking uhh...for a friend.

  • OHM-968692
    OHM-968692 2 days ago

    Can you please make content of higher quality than literally filming in a garage with a phone mic?

  • Leonardo Guerini
    Leonardo Guerini 2 days ago

    I love that Gravity has the same rating of Spaceballs.

  • AeroNevin
    AeroNevin 3 days ago

    I love this guy and this series! Love seeing experts tear apart movies. It shows that movie producers dont make enough effort cross checking the science.
    And why do people get worked up screaming "Its just a movie!" We KNOW its a movie but its FUN and EDUCATIONAL hearing what they get wrong!

  • RaTSpawn
    RaTSpawn 3 days ago

    The "Total Recall" part of this video says that decompression symptoms in open space are the same as they would be on the surface of Mars. Mars has an atmosphere...

    • RaTSpawn
      RaTSpawn 3 days ago

      Immediately followed by a clip from "Space Balls" where 'Gravity' is laughed off as something that isn't regards to the "uselessness" of fuel needed to prevent landfall.

  • ForcedFed4 Garage
    ForcedFed4 Garage 3 days ago

    Everything this Astronaut said was accurate, 10/10

  • bump292
    bump292 4 days ago +1

    Like “Pshhh-Pshhhhhh”😂😂😂

  • Salvatore DeCIcco
    Salvatore DeCIcco 5 days ago +1

    Star Lord is half Alien, thus he may have more resilience against the exposure to space.

  • Abishek Soundararajan

    There's one thing I don't understand with INTERSTELLAR....
    What happened to the whole spaghettification when he enters black hole?

  • rahul dutta
    rahul dutta 6 days ago

    Just came to make sure he liked interstellar

  • shubham kumar
    shubham kumar 6 days ago

    Should have reviewed few scene of tv series "Expanse".

  • gemini star
    gemini star 6 days ago

    To be fair, Starlord is half celestial.

  • Utkarsh sharma
    Utkarsh sharma 6 days ago

    gravity was a dumb movie

  • Kyler English
    Kyler English 7 days ago

    In Interstellar, he's not inside a Black Hole. Via the Black Hole he entered a place between the 4th and 5th dimension. The place is designed so that his 4th dimension can comprehend as much of the 5th dimension as possible. And the people that created the Tesseract was created by a humans billions if not trillions of years in the future when thy have evolved to a higher dimension. The books are there because it is the way that Cooper understands great knowledge, or a higher understanding to his comprehension. Also it is a Christopher Nolan movie so it makes very little sense.

  • Vamsi krishna Bodaballa

    I don't know exactly but in the movie "Interstellar" it was clearly mentioned that only gravity can travel through time dimension. So they cannot use a telephone or any thing. Cooper just changed the gravity at that time point through tessaract. I don't see any other way.
    But this man is funny😂😂

  • xeto
    xeto 7 days ago +2

    Just here to check if he rates interstellar good

  • M.K.D.
    M.K.D. 8 days ago +2

    Christopher Nolan does not fool around with his movies. He goes to great lengths just to avoid CGI. He even had a physicist Kipp Thorne on the sets to guide them so that movie has to be the most scientifically accurate one made so far!
    And on the other end we have that movie of Bruce Willis which is shown to astronauts to find out as many mistakes as they can.

  • Софрин Никита

    You forgot to mention "First Man" starring Gosling. That movie seems realistic enough as well as "Appolo 13".
    (or am I wrong?)
    And it also has one of the best soundtracks among the space themed movies.

  • No Escape
    No Escape 8 days ago

    You sir are funny

  • Nokard
    Nokard 8 days ago

    Well, defending the Martian which I love! Is that the Iron man scene is not in the book, so well, haha, and yeah, what about the docking scene?! love the vid nonetheless

  • Ronak Kothari
    Ronak Kothari 8 days ago +1

    10 mins in, absolute waste of time

  • bbbf09
    bbbf09 8 days ago

    Regarding the interstellar Tessaract scene I believe the premise was that these were n_th dimensional beings (that far future humans have evolved into) who completely transcended and lost the connection and ability to communicate with those only in the 4D spacetime that we operate in. They can only communicate by manipulation of spacetime at a gross level - which manifests as localised gravity perturbations (spacetime distortions) and wormhole portals - operating within the closed extreme spacetime within a black hole. If you recall they tried to communicate with a younger Cooper during his early astronaut training that caused a local gravity anomaly near his flight and nearly killed him - and grounded his career.
    Coupled with the idea that they can no longer appreciate or understand the consciousness that defines us as humans it kind of makes sense to me. I mean how many can interact /understand chimpanzees with whom we share at least the same dimesnions with and are biologically very similar? Even though our mind evolution/ divergence are separated by less a million years it's possible we still might never be able to communicate with them at a deeper fundamental level.
    Having read what Kip Thorne - the Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist - and advisor to the movie has written , it seems he was overall happy with the premise.

  • bbbf09
    bbbf09 8 days ago

    I think this guy misunderstood the gravity scene. George Clooney is tethered onto Sandra B but their joint momentum is still causing the long webbing to continue to unravel - and presumably would competely unravel and then they would both be untethered. By letting go he more than halved their residual momentum (depending his/her mass ratios) with the presumed hope the tension remains in the unravellimng webbing would drop to point to stop it unravelling. If you track the video closely you will see the lengthening/ unravelling is still happening when he eventually let's go.
    The scene is still in error in physics terms in that George should have not just let go but pushed against her with as big a shove as possible in oppoosite direction (thus he acts as a reaction mass) . This would give her a much improved chance and even possibly reverse her vector.

    OK, Queue lots of youtube hate....WTF do you know - this guys an astronaut! etc etc
    True I am not. But I have worked in space design industry and have physcis degree. I am sure it is quite probable he knows more than me but it is equally possible for qualified smart guy to just read a movie scene wrong

  • unitor699
    unitor699 8 days ago +4

    i love how he explains everything like we are a bunch of 5 year olds

  • SHAdON_official
    SHAdON_official 9 days ago


  • ::star girl::
    ::star girl:: 9 days ago

    Love this!!

  • ::star girl::
    ::star girl:: 9 days ago

    No wonder Apollo 13 was always my favorite space movie!

  • ::star girl::
    ::star girl:: 9 days ago

    4:21 that’s good to hear! The iron man thing was a joke in the book but I guess the movie writers couldn’t resist using it lol

  • Kew The II
    Kew The II 9 days ago

    About interetellar, neil degrass tyson actually talked about this scene. So from what i understood, cooper going into that dimension, cooper leaving earth, cooper going onto planet miller, all of these events are inevitable. It's like an already planned out story in that timeline that no matter what, must happen. That being said, having a whiteboard that says hey don't go, it's technically directly interfering with the past and had that happened, cooper wouldn't have gone to space, but if cooper hadn't had gone to space, who would've been the one telling him to stay ? A series of complex events will occur by directly getting involved and changing the past which is why we all know that we shouldn't mess around with the past if we had the chance to go back in time. The "higher beings" would have known that, that's why they did not create any scenario as per suggested by my NASA dude in the video. Bad order of explanation but this is probably why. I mean c'mon, the movie had kip thorne as advisor, why would they make such an obvious mistake.

  • delerium2k
    delerium2k 9 days ago

    That scene in gravity when Clooney floats away after letting go bothered me deeply when I first saw it.. director Cuaron has done some incredible work (Children of Men, Roma, ..). I don’t know how he allowed that

  • K Ashutosh
    K Ashutosh 9 days ago

    8:09 interstellar,Sahi hai

  • kotd009
    kotd009 9 days ago

    thats why they call it a "movie" dont take it to serious man

  • Jamil Khalil
    Jamil Khalil 9 days ago

    But there is no sound in space......

  • Deadstick
    Deadstick 9 days ago

    I want to know how Matthew McConaughey saw a bookcase w/books in a black hole.

  • Fatncrap
    Fatncrap 9 days ago

    That one starring Buzz Aldrin was clearly bollocks

  • ZimowHD
    ZimowHD 9 days ago

    Apollo 13 is one of my favorite movies! Was waiting for it the whole time:)

  • SloWdaD ox
    SloWdaD ox 9 days ago

    Their is no extraterrestrial life form in interstellar. In the end is us. We save ourselves. The Tesseract only appears in that form due to the connection the father and daughter have. And hes looking into time not dimensions. This obviously know what hes talking about but I think he missed the movie

  • Live Free
    Live Free 9 days ago

    These movies are ALL more real than NASA.

  • Mojtaba Parsa
    Mojtaba Parsa 9 days ago

    I only came here to see how he rates Interstellar and I'm happy it's a high rate. Now I know my tears haven't gone in vain.

  • Ocrilat
    Ocrilat 9 days ago

    With the scene from Total Recall, to be fair, it WAS just a dream.

  • Jaadu
    Jaadu 9 days ago

    Don't try this stunts in Space

  • A V
    A V 9 days ago

    What about the Martian ???

  • Sublame1992
    Sublame1992 9 days ago

    It's that book shelf because in that instance that was the best way to communicate through dimensions and this advanced civilization used that but if it was different people or time it might of been something else.

  • Ali Rabbani
    Ali Rabbani 9 days ago

    just bogus :)

  • Ben Shakespeare
    Ben Shakespeare 10 days ago

    Should have reviewed "Sunshine" in stead of Spaceballs. Otherwise, great selection of movies.

  • FoodforThought
    FoodforThought 10 days ago

    I'd love to have a beer with this guy

  • Pockets MacCartney
    Pockets MacCartney 10 days ago

    Firefly had silence in space. A single scene in AA Abram's Star Trek had silence in the void during explosion. It's rare because someone thinks that's necessary. Not for me.

  • Captain America
    Captain America 10 days ago +5

    *Interstellar* is still my favorite space movie.

  • Chris Cunningham
    Chris Cunningham 10 days ago

    Well, I think it's also a nice idea to have advanced tech in Star Trek that can generate gravity, because it wouldn't look very advanced if everyone is floating around... to say nothing about during battles, etc.

  • Schrece
    Schrece 10 days ago

    Bring him back please smart funny

  • mujaddidi8
    mujaddidi8 10 days ago

    So after catching Walt Hank became an astronaut huh?

  • QuantumS1ngularity
    QuantumS1ngularity 10 days ago

    A lot of people seem to have a problem with the book tesseract in Interstellar, but you have to understand that advanced doesn't necessary mean easy. If they (aliens or advanced humans) mastered 5 dimensions and tried to show/explain it to us it will be no more easy for them as it would be for us to explain how our smartphones work to a medieval person or even neanderthal. A couple of times they talked about information not being able to be sent through time (especially backwards) but what really bugs me is the ability to manipulate space, which is what basically Cooper was doing with the watch. Ir's a cheeky way using binary to send information back in time, but wasn't there a better method of illustrating it. The idea that the watch was bound to spacetime and that's why Coop was able to manipulate it (we saw the arrow being projected as a string which he moved) is kinda weird. One is an abstract construct of the human mind and the other is part of the fabric of the Universe.

  • Aishik Ashraf
    Aishik Ashraf 10 days ago +1

    6:14 Interstellar

  • Emmanuel Goldstein
    Emmanuel Goldstein 10 days ago

    Would've liked to have seen your take on the Airlock Scene in "Event Horizon". Still a fun video

  • bang bro
    bang bro 10 days ago

    You know.moon landing is fake..

  • MrMcCoGo
    MrMcCoGo 10 days ago

    It’s Wired’s technique critique with a shittier budget

  • Dick Piano
    Dick Piano 10 days ago

    this guy is hilarious!

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    Zac Megwa 10 days ago +2

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  • Veredika
    Veredika 10 days ago

    Thank you!!! Almost nobody mentions that helmet face plates can take a baseball bat and not crack.