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Apollo 13 - Gravity in Space?
Go to the section where the crew is going to make a manual burn of the LEM engine for course correction. After they start the countdown for the engine burn you see Lovell (Hanks) rub his foot down on the floor while standing. Being in outerspace it would be pretty hard to keep both feet on the floor without either of them floating up for a long period of time. I might be wrong...but I think physics should apply in a documentary.
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margaret writes:
Tom Hanks rubs his feet against the ground because there is velcor (or something to that extent) on his feet so that he and the rest of the astronauts will be able to stand in one place for a period of time.
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Parkatola writes:
Margaret is right. They used velcro to attach themselves and various objects to the inner surface areas of the ship when in orbit (rather than having them floating around). Prior to the Apollo 1 fire, there was a ton of velcro all over the interiors of the ships. However, the investigation of the fire found that the soft (as opposed to the scratchy) side of the velcro could become saturated with oxygen, which made it like tinder in the event of a fire. So they used much less of it after the fire, but they still used it.
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sjkang writes:
This is possible. What he is doing is putting his feet into a set stirrups mounted on the floor. All spacecraft have these. They are there to give astronauts stability when performing tasks that require them to be relatively still.
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wl_sprague writes:
Once again, people need to do research BEFORE they start to get this picky over such a great film. How in the world are they going to be able to do certain aspects of flight in space if all they can do is float and bounce around in weighlessnes. Nasa is run by some brilliant minds, and these issues were handled in space flight. The filmmakers were picky enough on this film before shooting for anyone to be this picky afterward. If you want to just take pot shots at a film, go to 1941 or Spaceballs. This film was just too well researched and filmed.
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Kevin writes:
What the crew was doing is bracing for the G-force once the engine lit. Even though the spacecraft is in 0 gravity the crew will experience extreme g's due to acceleration. Physics do apply correctly here.
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