Questions tagged [interstellar]

For questions about the film Interstellar, a 2014 film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. This tag is not to be used for travel between galactic bodies.

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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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Why can Murph still read the Morse Coded wrist watch when she has brought the watch back to her office in NASA, which is out of her room?

We see Murph finally realised that Cooper is her ghost. Cooper has transmitted the quantum data encoded via manipulating the gravitational waves affecting the watch's seconds hand on Murph's bookshelf....
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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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Where is this character going at the end of Interstellar?

Towards the end of the movie Later, I don't understand what he expects to find there. Wouldn't
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How can the frozen clouds on Dr. Mann's planet stay afloat?

When the crew is entering Mann's planet's atmosphere, their ship hits a frozen cloud. How can a frozen cloud stay afloat even though the planet contains 80% of Earth's gravity?
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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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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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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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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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How does the wave on Miller's planet cost Cooper and Brand “decades”?

After the wave hits on Miller's planet, Cooper asks Brand "How much is this gonna cost us?". To which Brand replies "decades". How does the wave and resulting damage from the wave cost them decades ...
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Bootstrap Paradox in Interstellar

So, the plausible explanation to who put the wormhole and the tesseract in the place is But this explanation raises another question and yet another (similar) paradox. Question - Paradox - ...
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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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What precisely was the discovery facilitated at the end of Interstellar?

Near the end of Interstellar, (HUGE and nearly utter SPOILERS follow): What was the discovery? What was the problem that needed to be solved?
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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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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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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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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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In Interstellar, how could you build a space colony without bringing the Blight with you?

In Interstellar, there is a Blight destroying all the world's crops. If Plan A involves launching a space colony, presumably full of crops, etc., how could they avoid bringing the Blight with them?
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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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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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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 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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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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Why had humanity not visited this planet?

I've been thinking about this since I saw the movie a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to put my finger on a definitive answer so I figured I'd ask here. At the end of Interstellar Why hadn't ...
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Where was the rest of the crew in Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar they left Earth to another galaxy. Five people left for the mission. When they arrive, part of the crew explores the planet with waves. Where is the last member of the crew, ...
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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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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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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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In Interstellar, why does zero gravity only exist some of the time in space?

For instance, the characters float around in zero gravity right after the Ranger docks on the Endurance, but in the following scene they walk around more or less normally.
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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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Why didn't the crew of the Endurance experience undertow from the massive waves on Miller's planet? [duplicate]

When the crew lands on Miller's planet and notices the giant wave approaching, it seemed odd to me that there would be a lack of current pulling towards the wave. The giant waves would command a ...
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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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Are the equations in Interstellar real?

Are the equations appeared on the blackboard in the Interstellar movie real equations of Kip Thorne while working out equations for computing the image of a black hole? Or they are just random ...
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Why didn't the black hole Gargantua swallow the planets? [closed]

If Gargantua is a black hole in Interstellar, why didn't it swallow the planets?
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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, 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 fast is Miller's planet orbiting Gargantua in the movie Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, Miller's planet is so close to the black hole that it experiences severe time dilation - one hour on the planet is seven years for every one else. The planet is (...
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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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Shouldn't the food have run out?

Early on in the Interstellar film, Dr. Brand says that the corn crop will die out in a years time, yet later on when Murphy burns the crop, the corn is still growing despite being decades after the ...
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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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Is the wormhole still open?

We witness the closure of the tesseract once Coop successfully sends the singularity data back to Murph. And then it appears that Coop is sent back through the wormhole to our home galaxy. Is the ...
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Was the time dilation caused by Miller's planet or the close proximity to the Gargantua black hole?

In the movie Interstellar, is the time dilation the team suffers on the water planet Miller caused by the proximity of the planet to Gargantua or by the planet's gravitational pull? In the beginning ...
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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, do people age while in cryo-sleep?

When Brand and Cooper return to their ship from Miller's planet, Brand sees the aged Romily and says 'why didn't you sleep?' Later, on Mann's planet, Dr. Mann says he didn't specify an end date the ...
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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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How did Cooper and team know that the water is shallow?

In Interstellar, how did they know that the water on Miller's planet would be shallow just before landing, when they clearly didn't know that the entire planet was covered in water in the first place? ...
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Why did the Endurance crew bother landing on Miller's planet?

After the events on Miller's planet, it seems to come as a revelation to Brand that The crew of the Endurance, even when they were back at NASA headquarters, had all the information they needed to ...