When Cooper was seen floating near Saturn he was well beyond the ring system. Is it explained anywhere how far the station was from Saturn?

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Cooper Station was in orbit of Saturn.

“Cooper Station,” the doctor said. “Currently orbiting Saturn.”

Given that humanity now has gravity-control technology and reactionless drives, there's really no good reason to assume that they were in any specific orbit other than just kinda mooching around nearby.

For the record, Cooper was found "near" Saturn. Beyond that we don't really get any specifics in the script or novel, but the fact that you can distinguish individual rings would suggest that he's something between 100K and 400K from the planet.


Cooper FLOATS, dead or unconscious, near Saturn. In the distance we see two Rangers approaching ...

Interstellar: Original Screenplay

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    "kinda mooching around nearby"? Is this the technical description? :)
    – Martha
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 0:26
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    @Martha - Yes. They were orbiting at a distance of approximately one mooch, which as we all know is something like 2.3 kilo-meanders
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 0:29

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