Gravity (2013)


What genre is this movie? What is the Kessler Syndrome? And what was the largest piece of space debris purposely sent into space in 2018? Listen now to find out! Scott Croco and Matt Janulewicz unhack Gravity (2013) in this podcast episode.

When a debris field in outer space comes racing towards a Hubble telescope repair team, they must find a way to survive. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013)!

Episode Log:

  • Sandra Bullock’s career (1:10)
  • Summary of Gravity‘s plot (4:25)
  • Movie’s screenplay structure (6:30)
  • Movie review (12:25)
  • Controversy around technical accuracy (21:45)
  • Space debris! And the Kessler Syndrome (28:55)
  • Real-life space debris-causing incidents (31:05)
  • Space Bees (37:40)
  • SpaceX and Tesla (42:10)
  • Space debris clean-up companies (43:55)
  • Budget, Box office, critics’ reactions, awards (48:15)

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Episode 034 – Gravity (2013) unhacked!
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Research sources
Sandra Bullock IMDb profile
What Gravity gets right and wrong about space
Space Debris by the numbers
China destroys satellite
US and Russian satellites collide
Spacebees swarm unauthorized satellite launch
Space debris removal startup Astroscale
First test space debris cleanup

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