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The moon landings were real. In-universe, the argument between Coop and the teacher arises because his daughter brings in a textbook which evidently contains high quality images of the moon-landings. This conflicts with the new teaching that the moon landings were a hoax, a claim that is (ironically) itself a hoax, designed to ensure that Americans aren't ...


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If you're in free fall, the gravitational force has no effect on you at all, no matter how strong it may be. The only thing that causes problems is the tidal force, which is the difference in the gravitational force between your top and your bottom. The bigger the black hole, the weaker the tidal force at the event horizon. This question calculates you ...


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Given that the physicist Kip Thorne played a major consulting role on this movie and even co-wrote the original script treatment, I would bet that the theory of time travel being assumed was the Novikov self-consistency principle, in which there is only a single self-consistent timeline, with no ability to "change" the past and no branching of the timelines. ...


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This is explained in more detail in the book The Science of Interstellar by physicist Kip Thorne, who came up with the original script treatment and was a consultant on the movie. The explanation is a bit involved, but feel free to skip to the last paragraph of this answer for a short summary. The main idea about new physics in the movie was that gravity ...


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Nolan says that he hasn't (intentionally) included a religious subtext to the film, but that some of the imagery, and definitely the soundtrack are inspired by "religiosity" in general. “Yeah, sorry about that…,” Nolan smiled, knowing Del Toro was referring to his painful attempts to get his dream project off the ground. Yet Nolan was more than happy ...


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You both seem to be misunderstanding the science behind Interstellar. The reason that Cooper stays the same age while his children continue to grow old is due to the theory of relativity, specifically time dilation and more specifically gravitational time dilation. A brief overview of the idea is that in places where gravity is higher, time passes slower. ...


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The most complete list seems to be on a forum for Christopher Nolan fans. The main post on that thread has the most recently updated list, as compiled by those forum users. Here’s a copy of the list from the main post: So far, the entries are: The Stand by Stephen King Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin Out of the Blue by Isabel Wolf Time's ...


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It is surely mentioned that Cooper does believe in the moon-landing being true, since he has a fight with his daughter's teachers over it. Further, in-movie NASA was well capable of operating, since it was shut down after refusing to adopt "extreme measures" requested by the government, and had to keep operating under cover. So I don't think that the ...


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He is going to Edmund's planet to meet up with Brand. Brand has aged the same amount as Coop, because they both 'lost' an additional 51 years using the black-hole as a slingshot. Brand headed for Edmund's planet (which was several months away), while Coop plunged into the Event Horizon. Coop was then transported out of the wormhole near Saturn and picked ...


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Assuming the team knew that planet Miller would only have a few hours of data, visiting the planet was still a rational decision. They had 3 options, and they thought they would have enough fuel to try at least 2 before returning to earth. Edmunds was sending no signal, so the hope was that Dr. Miller, by not immediately ending her signal when she landed, ...


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I think the answer is simple: at the time Cooper was dropped off at Cooper station by the tesseract, Brand had only just arrived at Edmund's world, or was still making the trip there. I picked up the screenplay on Kindle, after Cooper and Brand did the gravitational slingshot around Gargantua to get Brand to Edmund's world Cooper said "That little maneuver ...


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If you're asking about the black hole and wormhole scenes, Kip Thorne and the others who worked on the renderings published a pair of papers on how they did it: Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar Visualizing Interstellar's Wormhole As mentioned in the first paper, they designed their own software ...


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ScienceInsider interviewed Kip Thorne (who is a "renowned theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and one of the world’s leading experts in the astrophysical predictions of general relativity", scientific consultant and executive producer of Interstellar, and author of The Science of Interstellar): Q: Is there anywhere ...


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Your friend is almost certainly correct. According to "The Science of Interstellar" written by the movie's Science Advisor Kip Thorne, the waves are likely not waves at all, they are in fact mountains of water drawn toward the horizon of the black hole by tidal forces. The planet itself bulges toward Gargantua and the waves peak at the surface as the planet ...


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If you go to the tie-in page Board the Endurance (which can also be found at the link Valorum gave) and click on the module labeled "main engine module", you get the following image (click to enlarge), showing that four of the modules are actually engine modules which presumably contain fuel: The text reads: The Endurance's engines feature advanced ...


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SPOILERS Entertainent Weekly explains it complete with spoilers, so if you don't want to know don't read any further. Furthermore:


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The idea in the movie was that there is a microorganism called the Blight which is affecting the crops, one by one, to the extent that corn was the last crop that hadn't been significantly impacted. It is indicated in the movie that the Blight breathes Nitrogen, which is registered as significant (it isn't, per se, but for the purposes of the movie, we take ...


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The hole in the movie was of such a geometry that objects approaching the event horizon were not subject to spaghettification. Spaghettification happens when there are enormous GRADIENTS in force, per se, not merely enormous forces...what I mean by this is if my whole being is instantly subjected to an enormous pull from the singularity, there's no problem, ...


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In chapter 17 of Kip Thorne's explanation in The Science of Interstellar, he makes clear that Miller's planet is supposed to be tidally locked to Gargantua (the black hole), meaning its rotation period is the same as its orbital period so that one side of it is always facing Gargantua, while the other side is always facing away (specifically, Thorne writes ...


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You are slightly correct, but also wrong at the same time. Why you're slightly right As shown in this Physics.SE post, astronauts further away from the gravitational field of Earth (in the cited example, it is on-board the ISS) will actually experience time dilation, albeit extremely minutely: the time difference is roughly a 10-9 second change. Note that ...


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I found an interview with Nolan talking about the inspiration behind the design on a news website. He says: You have robots in this movie. What did you hope to achieve with those characters? I wanted a more realistic approach to what a robot would be. I didn't even call them robots in the script. I referred to them as 'articulated machines' because I ...


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It seemed quite clear from the film that "they" (whoever set up the tesseract, probably future humans) "dumped" him into space and the present-day humans found him. As soon as he did what he had to in there, the robot commented that "they" were shutting down that place and soon afterwards Cooper was floating in space.


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"How could it be “us” humans when we would not have survived to “evolve” to higher dimensions if not for the gravity equation being solved based on this very mission being a success?"


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No. The wormhole is closed according to Christopher Nolan, the director: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/08/jonathan-nolan-interstellar-spoilers Nolan: ... By the end of Cooper's journey, the wormhole is gone. It's up to us now to undertake the massive journey of spreading out across the face of our galaxy. Brand is still somewhere out there on the ...


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They did indeed see them on their way down, but they were in such a hurry (attempting to remain on the planet for as short a time as possible) that they didn't realise that the "mountains" were moving, nor have time to conduct even a cursory examination of the surroundings. Amelia looked in the direction the robot indicated. The water stretched out to ...


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It is entirely possible that Dr. Brand is just estimating or using hyperbole to make his point. However, it is also possible


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No, not really. CASE had kept his disabling of the craft's docking ability to himself, out of suspicion of Dr. Mann, but that's it. For some time I thought the reveal that would cause the robots to start fighting against the human astronauts, HAL-style, but this never happened.


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Common agriculture Many current diseases of wheat and other crops are mitigated by chemical treatment of the seed grains - you can do pretty harsh things to them that will kill many different kinds of bacteria but still leave a seed that will germinate. It doesn't make them immune, but it allows you to re-plant them in a new disease-free location. This ...


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You are a bit confused. Gargantua is not the wormhole, but is on the far side of it. As to why the black hole Gargantua looked the way it did (with a seeming ring and a seeming halo) is a function of gravitational lensing of light: the accretion disk crossing the near side of Gargantua's event horizon is the bright horizontal band, whereas the light from ...


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Double Negative was the primary effects house used for Interstellar. As Richard notes, Double Negative's currently available job listings seems to indicate a fair usage of Maya as their main software package. This, alone, does not necessarily mean that they used Maya during production of Interstellar. However, this writeup about the films nominated for the ...


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