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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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Interstellar: non-breaking waves on Miller

When watching the part where they go down to Miller, I was bothered by the fact that the waves didn't break despite the fact that the water level is ostensibly only knee-deep (roughly, a wave starts ...
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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 ...
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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 are TARS and CASE named as such?

TARS and CASE are the two robots which are part of the Endurance crew. The Interstellar wiki explains TARS is a former marine robot with angular limbs and a sarcastic attitude. and that CASE ...
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Why was the Earth in such bad shape in Interstellar?

I understand that in “Interstellar” Earth was going through some kind of a dust bowl. But considering how bleak every other planet they experienced was, how could it be any worse than a random planet ...
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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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Who exactly constructed the tesseract room in Interstellar?

At the end of the movie—or the beginning; take your pick—Cooper ends up in a room that is a three-dimensional projection of a five-dimensional object behind his bookshelf. This five-dimensional room ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why will data from a black hole solve the gravity problem?

In Interstellar, the team hopes that data collected from the inside of a black hole will solve “the gravity problem” (presumably the question of how to get a massive space station to escape the Earth’...
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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 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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Interstellar and spaghettification in the black hole

I don't understand why the ship didn't suffer spaghettification when entering the black hole. What was the explanation for this?
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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 doesn't NASA try to contact Cooper?

Cooper and Murph find the hidden NASA headquarters via decoding patterns in the dust in their library Upon arriving at NASA, Brand recruits Cooper for the Endurance mission, saying he is the pilot ...
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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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In Interstellar, did TARS or CASE ever lie?

Did the robots, which have less than 100% honesty settings, ever lie in such a way that the audience and/or characters may have been tricked? This plot point seemed important when addressed directly ...
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What is the inspiration or precedent for the mechanical design of TARS from Interstellar?

TARS is a highly-adaptable robot that can operate in many configurations depending on the need at hand. What's the precedent or inspiration?
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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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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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Why was the Ranger launched from Earth on top of a rocket?

In the movie Interstellar, the crew of the Ranger launches from Earth from on top of a rocket similar to the SSL. They are on their way to rendezvous with the Endurance spacecraft that will take them ...
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What is the significance of Prof. Brand's poem?

In Interstellar, Professor Brand keeps repeating a poem by Dylan Thomas: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the ...
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If Romilly had a telescope and could observe Cooper and Brand on the water planet, what would he see? [closed]

My question has to do with gravitational time dilation. What would really happen to a human in a temporal frame where time slowed down (as it did on the water planet in Interstellar, where 1 hour on ...
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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 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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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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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 Coop know about Brand and Edmund?

In the film, Coop finds out that Brand and Edmund have a history by asking TARS, who mentions he has a discretion setting, which then tells Coop something was between them. But why did Coop think to ...
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Interstellar — Black hole manipulation?

Some things have confused me about the black hole in Interstellar. Namely: How did Cooper ever leave the black hole once he was inside it? How was Cooper able to suspend in the tesseract? Something ...
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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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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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Origin of the other gravitational anomalies?

When Cooper and Murph mention the gravitational anomalies that led them to NASA’s site, the NASA explains that they have observed similar anomalies for 50 years, presumably originating from the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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How does Cooper (the dad) end up in “Cooper Station”?

How does Cooper end up in Cooper Station after he loses consciousness in the Tesseract?