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In every scene from Star Wars, where people are in a space shuttle, flying through space, they appear to be under the force of gravity, as if they are on a planet like earth... If they were truly in space then they would float in the space shuttles like the astronauts do on the ISS.

Is there some kind of 'artificial gravity generator' equipped in each space shuttle? Or do they ever provide an explanation for this physical phenomenon?

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    It's a standard sci-fi trope that pretty much every sci-fi film or tv series uses "gravity plating" or something similar. It's rarely explained or given a name. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a rare exception to this. The general assumption is they've got some of electronic device which creates gravity. When the writers are feeling brave (and the budget allows) they might cause it to break for a bit of drama. – Tim Mar 2 '17 at 22:02
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    "they might cause it to break for a bit of drama" that's epic, what a classy way to demonstrate the director's ins with Physics. Which productions have used this effect btw? I'm not that into Astro Sci-Fi but I'm really into Astrophysics and other genres of Sci-Fi – Jalapeno Mar 2 '17 at 22:07
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    @JonasBezzubovas, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. – Dima Mar 2 '17 at 22:12
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    Note that if they were truly in space, they would only float like astronauts on the ISS if the ship were not under thrust (freefall). Constant thrust/acceleration would in fact create a steady "gravity", although in the direction of the ship's drive plume. (The Expanse is an example of a book/TV series that does this right.) – tobiasvl Mar 2 '17 at 22:16
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    @JonasBezzubovas - uh, astrophysics isn't a genre of sci-fi. It's a science in its own right, and is by necessity used a lot in the sci-fi genre. Some shows that have had lost gravity is Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5. Usually it's just a small part of a single episode, as a "the power is off in that section" thing. – Tim Mar 2 '17 at 22:46