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ISS astronauts congratulate 'Gravity' filmmakers on Oscar win

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Monday, March 3, 2014, 8:00 PM -

Movie goers weren't the only ones to flip over the film "Gravity" -- real-life astronauts loved it too!

Three astronauts on board the International Space Station beamed down a video message celebrating the film's success.

Gravity picked up seven Oscars on Sunday, including:

Best director, visual effects and sound mixing.

But how sound is the science behind the film? Experts say when it comes to space movies, Hollywood can often be light on the facts and heavy on fiction.


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"I was in grad school and we went to see The Core and there were maybe 20 or so geophysicists in the audience. And I remember we were laughing at different times than the rest of the audience," says Jean-Luc Margot, Professor of Astronomy at UCLA.

As for the science behind this movie, Dr. Margot says things are looking up.

"From a scientific stand point I thought the movie makers did a very good job. It was based on shuttle servicing mission that has happened. They paid attention to the fact that sound doesn't propogate in space. They also tried hard to portray the conservation of momentum. So, when Sandra and George collide with each other they will sort of bounce off with each other. I would give it an A." 

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock co-star in the 90 minute 3D epic film directed by Alfonso Cuaron. 

"The most important thing was to get right the science on the screen," Cuaron says.

"Because the minute that you see a crack or something that doesn't feel right, the audience will go, 'no, not there, you lost me,'" Bullock adds. 

The film's $80 million budget included scientists, new lighting technology and a gravity-free simulator. Bullock also trained with real NASA veteran Cady Coleman to accurately portray an astronaut stranded above Earth.

"The thing I needed to know from her was physically what her body was doing, what it did in space," Bullock says. 

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