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How did Cooper and Brand survive Gargantua's gravity?

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 ...
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Is Interstellar an allegory of the Holy Trinity?

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. “...
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Wouldn't Miller's planet be fried by blue shifted radiation?

The short answer is "Yes". A more qualified answer would be "Yes, except for the operation of other, unknown physical processes." A single hour passing on Miller's planet equates ...
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Why do the Rangers and Endurance in the film "Interstellar" not have an apparent fuel source?

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),...
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Why didn't the crew see the waves as they descended onto Miller's planet?

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" ...
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Why Cooper did not provide correct planet number to "himself in the past"?

Cooper cannot change the past. Once his future self, who entered the tesseract from the black hole, accepts that he can't change the past, he then understands that he can make sure that the lives and ...
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Is there any "in universe" link between Matt Damon's character in Interstellar and The Martian?

No Firstly, The Martian was originally a novel released chapter by chapter by author Andy Weir on his website and later edited and published as a novel. The novel inspired a film starring Matt Damon. ...
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How did Romilly's food supplies last 23 years?

No specifics are given in the film or the film's novelisation regarding the food situation. We know from the dialogue that he used the cryo-sleep pods to hibernate for a couple of long periods (10+ ...
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Why did Cooper give his daughter NASA's coordinates?

When Cooper initially arrives in the tesseract, he doesn't really know yet how things work or what he is actually supposed to do, let alone that he can't change the past. He's struck with emotion and ...
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In Dragon's Egg, the effect on time due to extremely high gravity is inconsistent

You're mistaking the "living rate" of the Cheela against the Einsteinian General Relativity time dilation in Interstellar. This was explained early in Dragon's Egg, during the exposition ...
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Wouldn't Miller's planet be fried by blue shifted radiation?

According to The Science of Interstellar, the makers certainly gave some thought to the potential for radiation damage to the planets close in to Gargantua. It would appear that Gargantua itself has ...
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Why bother with the planet at the event horizon?

Miller's World isn't actually (on the face of it) that bad an option. It has free water, a breathable atmosphere, organics compounds and hydrocarbons in abundance. You may also wish to note that the &...
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Why do the Rangers and Endurance in the film "Interstellar" not have an apparent fuel source?

According to the film's official website, the Ranger craft carries its fuel internally, as evidenced by the panel showing the disengagement of the external fuel tank. It also offers the following ...
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How many people were living on Earth?

We don't know. It isn't explictly stated in the 2011 film script, nor the 2008 first draft script, nor the tie-in novelisation what the remaining population of Earth is. For that we have to turn to ...
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How big is Cooper Station?

There's nothing in the script or the novelisation other than that it's vast and huge. ...[VAST CYLINDRICAL STATION] and ...the huge cylinder spun on its axis That being said, we can 'eyeball'...
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In Interstellar, why does Cooper leave Brand?

Cooper believes his actions (and death) will help complete Plan A which is of utmost important to him: i.e. saving Murphy. In terms of the script backing this up: Regarding consumable resources for ...
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Why Cooper did not provide correct planet number to "himself in the past"?

This is an example of a causal loop - where, for instance, a time traveller travels back in time to instigate a series of events, which may include events leading up to them going back in time to ...
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In the movie interstellar, how far was Cooper station from Saturn?

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 ...
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How are TARS and CASE powered?

I don't believe it's ever mentioned explicitly (I half expect to be proven wrong), but what we do know is: after Coop wakes up, he's told TARS has been found but "the power source is shot" it seems ...
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Was Matt Damon’s casting in the Martian at all influenced by interstellar?

It seems pretty unlikely, given that Interstellar came first — it was a 2014 release and The Martian was 2015.
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In Dragon's Egg, the effect on time due to extremely high gravity is inconsistent

The "Technical Appendix" at the back of Dragon's Egg is very detailed in the description of the neutron star, the cheela, the Dragon Slayer's orbit, and everything else about the expedition. ...
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In Interstellar, why does Cooper leave Brand?

Cooper tells Brand that the lander's linkages have been destroyed. So the only way they can slingshot themselves out of the Black hole's orbit is by manually controlling the engines. Without Amelia ...
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Are the apocalyptic conditions shown in interstellar possible?

In Interstellar the food became scarce due to plagues that killed the food crops. Is it possible to happen? Yes. Is it likely? No. There are plenty of diseases that kill crops in real life, ...
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In Interstellar, how did Cooper and TARS provide momentum while detaching from the main ship?

Tars is going to pilot the lander as they deplete its thrusters, pushing the Endurance clear of Gargantua's gravity. It'll then detach (as it's now dead weight). If it remains attached, it'll drag ...
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How does the Endurance navigate to a particular system through the wormhole?

The wormhole is simply a portal from point-a to point-b. There's no 'steering' any more than there would be if you walked through a doorway. On the other side are a plethora of stars, and their ...
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Was Matt Damon’s casting in the Martian at all influenced by interstellar?

In an interview with yahoo! Movies, Matt Damon said that he did The Martian in spite of his casting in Interstellar: I said, I really love this script, but my only hesitation is I’ve just done ‘...
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Exactly how much time does Cooper spend on Miller's planet?

We don't know exactly how much time each individual action took. But we can try to come up with a reasonable estimation. We can start by looking at how much time they were away from the Endurance: ...
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Interstellar and Newton's Third Law

The writers, via the character, are using Newton's third law as a metaphor for emotional and psychological progress. In rocketry, Newton's third law applies in the sense that the momentum of the ...
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Where was the rest of the crew in Interstellar?

There were only four human crew members aboard the Endurance; Amelia Brand NFN Doyle NFN Romilly Joseph "Coop" Cooper And two robots TARS CASE. Flipping switches and adjusting settings, ...
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Why go to another galaxy?

The humans of the future (apparently from Plan B) built the wormhole from the Solar System to Gargantua so the humans on Earth could obtain the quantum data necessary to solve the gravity equation and ...
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