Questions tagged [interstellar]

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In the movie interstellar, how far was Cooper station from Saturn?

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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Is there any “in universe” link between Matt Damon's character in Interstellar and The Martian?

I was just wondering because both movies star him as an astronaut trapped on an isolated planet. They also had fairly close release dates. I am wondering if there is a link between the two characters ...
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Interstellar: Why did they go to Miller's planet? How was Miller even able to send a green light? [duplicate]

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I was not able to find it. After re-watching Interstellar, I am not able to make sense of the scene where the crew decides to visit Miller's planet, ...
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How are TARS and CASE powered?

What kind of power supply do TARS and CASE and other such automatons use? How do they recharge? Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator? Solar power? Eating small rodents? It appears they can operate ...
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Why bother with the planet at the event horizon?

In the movie Interstellar, if I remember right, they explain that a group of scientists were sent to the system on the other side of the worm hole, before the ship and crew we witness in the movie. ...
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Why did US government need NASA to drop bombs on civilians?

In Interstellar, NASA denied the US government's order to drop bombs on civilians. But, why did government order NASA in the first place? Isn't this the job of the military/Air Force?
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How come Engineers became obsolete over traditional farmers?

Well, right now the world doesn’t need more engineers. We didn’t run out of planes, or television sets. We ran out of food. The world needs farmers. Good farmers, like you. And Tom, we’re a caretaker ...
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How did Cooper Station sustain agriculture? [duplicate]

The Cooper Station is able to sustain a healthy atmosphere and crops. The fundamental motivation to get humanity out of Earth in Interstellar is the blight induced hunger. Moreover, in the movie they ...
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Why did Cooper give his daughter NASA's coordinates?

When Cooper jumped into Black Hole, he was already in agony because he now knew that Plan A was a lie. So, he made lots of efforts to make his daughter stop his past self from leaving. He even ...
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How big is Cooper Station?

The scene in which kids were playing baseball shows the curvature of the station and it seemed very small to host a colony. But later, it looked very big to host several buildings and agriculture land....
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In Interstellar, did the people from plan A and plan B intermix?

We know at the end of the movie What I'm trying to understand is, was there regular immigration, visitation, trade, etc. between A and B. That would certainly have an effect on the mission at B to ...
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Interstellar and Newton's Third Law [closed]

In the scene where Cooper ejects himself into space, towards Gargantua, he quotes Newton's Third Law of Motion: "You have to leave something behind to go forward" We all know that that Law states: ...
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Is Interstellar an allegory of the Holy Trinity?

A while back, a friend of mine told me that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was an allegory for the Holy Trinity. Here was his evidence: SPOILERS... obviously. Too many to mark up. Cooper ...
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What would “Plan B” have looked like beyond establishing a big enough gene pool?

I'm new to science-fiction and I'm intrigued by the consequences of "Plan B". This explains the "how". My question pertains to the "why". I don't remember what Edmund's planet would have been like ...
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How did Cooper and Brand survive Gargantua's gravity?

Cooper's spaceship travels around (and very close to) the event horizon of Gargantua. Romilly explains to Cooper... Romilly: Gargantua's an older, spinning black hole. It has what we call a ...
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How did Romilly's food supplies last 23 years?

The spaceship, Endurance, was small, barely having enough space for 4 astronauts. One astronaut, Romilly, was left behind on the Endurance for 23 years. He hibernated for much of that time, but he ...
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Are the apocalyptic conditions shown in interstellar possible? [closed]

It is shown that people focused on technology and the food became scarce... Etc. The grandpa also mentions that new things came every other day... Are we approaching the same fate?
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In Interstellar, how did humans survive the first time in order to communicate? [duplicate]

Throughout Interstellar, there are many references to "They" - the advanced species that created a multidimensional spacetime artifact that allowed Cooper to talk with Murphy. The movie makes it ...
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Why didn't the crew see the waves as they descended onto Miller's planet?

While it was an awesome scene, I have to wonder about the realism of the dramatic moment where Cooper says Those aren't mountains and then it dawns on him to look behind them and he sees the second ...
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Why do the Rangers and Endurance in the film “Interstellar” not have an apparent fuel source?

In the film Interstellar... However, neither ship has a visible fuel tank, with the one exception when a Ranger is launched into Earth orbit on top of a rocket. But... Is there an in-universe ...
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How many people were living on Earth?

In Interstellar the population of Earth has decreased drastically. There are ongoing efforts to simultaneous repopulate the Earth and get everybody away from Earth to somewhere more hospitable. But ...
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In Interstellar, why does Cooper leave Brand?

Near the end of Christopher Nolan's space adventure film, Interstellar, Cooper and Brand are the only ones left to save the mission, and they're both flying around the black hole Gargantua. Cooper's ...
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How does Miller's planet in Interstellar have such huge time dilation yet such a small gravitational force? [duplicate]

In Interstellar, the crew of the Endurance experience extreme time dilation (7 years to an hour) on Miller's planet, due to its proximity to a black hole. However, they only feel 130% of Earth's ...
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Why did time dilation cease to be a factor? [duplicate]

Near the end of Interstellar, Time dilation is a huge part of Interstellar's plot. But all of a sudden, at the above mentioned point, time dilation stops being a factor. Is there an explanation for ...
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Could people be healthy eating a diet of nothing but corn, as shown in “Interstellar”?

In the film Interstellar, it looks like the only food human beings eat any more is corn. They seem to be pretty healthy (unless they get ill from the Blight). Is it really possible for people to live ...
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What happened to Cooper's son?

I was watching Interstellar again and I had a serious question. What happened to Cooper's eldest son Tom? I mean when we last saw him he came back to the family home after extinguishing the fire ...
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Why are the cryo chambers in Interstellar full of liquid?

I had a look, but I didn't see this question specifically asked, so please forgive me if I missed it. In Interstellar, the occupants of the cryo-sleep chambers are at least partially submerged in a ...
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Why go to another galaxy?

Was it ever explained why did they decide to go through the black hole and to another galaxy instead of simply going to Mars? Mars is much closer than Saturn and we know much more about it, so they ...
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Were the Moon landings faked in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, Murph's teachers explain to Cooper that the moon-landing was fabricated; a successful piece of propaganda that bankrupted the soviets. Is it ever mentioned if this statement was true ...
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The atmosphere and landscape of Edmunds

Here is a panoramic view of Edmunds (in Interstellar), or at least where Edmunds (the man) landed. Dr. Amelia Brand is in the foreground, at his grave. There is no sign of life besides Dr. Brand ...
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In Interstellar, what does the Hindi text displayed for the drone say?

Notice something in the above screenshot? The PC's language is Hindi. Do you have any idea what this means?
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How did solving gravity help cure the blight? [duplicate]

Considering the movie Interstellar, I just did not understand how solving the equation saved the earth from the Blight. As I understood, the equation had to do with gravity. What was the relation of ...
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Why does Cooper stay the same age when he is far away from Earth?

I had an argument at school with one of my friends about this. I said that Cooper stays the same age because he is ages away from Earth, but my friend said that I'm wrong because he is in an Earth-...
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Why did the Endurance mission need to be manned at all?

Given the implications of time dilation on the crew of the Endurance mission, why send people at all? TARS and CASE seem more than capable of operating the ships themselves and wouldn't care about how ...
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How did Murph know what happened to Dr Brand?

At the end of Interstellar, Murph tells Coop to and her closing monologue suggests she knows that Brand is How did she know anything about Brand's whereabouts or survival?
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What provided daylight for Miller, Mann & Edmund?

Did each of Miller, Mann & Edmund (planets in Interstellar) orbit a star that itself orbited Gargantua? Or did the accretion disk of Gargantua create the light we saw on the surface of the ...
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How long could Miller's Planet remain in orbit [closed]

In Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, Miller's Planet is in orbit around a supermassive black hole affectionately (??) called Gargantua. Miller's Planet orbiting Gargantua: It is orbiting "at ...
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Why did Brand give Mann vital info. about Plan A?

When the astronauts in Interstellar reach Mann (the planet and the ..man) they receive a disturbing message from Cooper's daughter Murphy. She states that Dr. Brand (senior) had already 'solved' ...
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Is there a physical/chemical explanation for Cooper's broken visor?

In Interstellar's fighting scene between Cooper and Mann, Mann breaks Cooper's visor with a headbutt. When I saw that scene the first thing that came to my mind was: "Com'on! NASA is not going to make ...
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How did the Ranger stop the Endurance with that much torque?

In the movie they docked to Endurance with the Ranger at about 68 RPM's. Once docked they retarded the spin by using thrusters which looked like it was from the Ranger. I can think of two scenarios: ...
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In interstellar, if light can't escape a black hole, how can a spaceship made by humans escape one? [duplicate]

How did their spaceship escape the black hole Gargantua?
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Why is the time dilation between the endurance and the crew on Miller's planet so extreme? [duplicate]

In the 2014 movie "Interstellar" a part of the crew decides to land on "Miller's planet" (a planet orbiting the black hole at very high speeds) with a shuttle. Another crew member, Romilly, stays back ...
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How did the crew survive the docking to Endurance?

In order to successfully dock the spinning Endurance spacecraft, they had to synchronise with it and TARS informed them that Endurance’s spin was ~70RPM. Wiki gives this formula for calculating ...
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What books are shown on the bookshelf in Interstellar?

What books are visible on the bookshelf in Interstellar? I could only focus on The Stand, by Stephen King, since it's one of my favorites. But I'd love to see a more complete list.
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What draws the Indian drone and the combines to Cooper's farm?

Near the beginning of Interstellar, the protagonists harvest an old Indian army surveillance drone that buzzed over their property. Its passage seems random until shortly thereafter when all the huge ...
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Why didn't Cooper use his laptop?

The question Why Coop doesn't control a pencil to communicate directly using gravity? reminded me to ask another similar question: Cooper had a laptop. Why did he not try to send his messages ...
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Why Coop doesn't control a pencil to communicate directly using gravity?

In the movie Interstellar, Coop uses the watch he gave to his daughter as a communication mean. He can do that since he masters gravity. He can also drop books to send Morse messages, etc. Gravity is ...
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How was the sending of radio signals possible in 'Interstellar'?

In the movie 'Interstellar': Now my questions are: (a) How were the signals from the earth sent to them? Because radio communication in deep space requires focusing (facilitated by dish and high gain ...
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What software was used for the effects in Interstellar?

In the movie 'Interstellar' they have used pretty good real time animations with large details. I guess they may have used global illumination rendering. There are basic software packages to make ...
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How did Murph figure out the identity of her ghost?

I've watched the scene several times now, but I just can't seem to figure out how Murph figured out the identity of her Ghost? The identity of the ghost is a spoiler: