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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Buzz Aldrin weighs in on ‘Gravity”

I really loved “Gravity,” the Alfonso Cuaron space adventure that opens in theaters today, but you don’t have to take my word for it; someone who knows a lot more about space travel than I do has weighed in. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has written a brief review for The Hollywood Reporter, and gives the movie a thumbs-up. Here’s an excerpt:

I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity. Going through the space station was done just the way that I’ve seen people do it in reality. The spinning is going to happen — maybe not quite that vigorous — but certainly we’ve been fortunate that people haven’t been in those situations yet. I think it reminds us that there really are hazards in the space business, especially in activities outside the spacecraft.

. . .

We’re in a very precarious position of losing all the advancements we’ve made in space that we did 40 years ago, 50 years ago. From my perspective, this movie couldn’t have come at a better time to really stimulate the public. I was very, very impressed with it.

You can read the whole piece here. Have a lovely weekend, on earth or elsewhere.

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