‘Gravity’ won big at the Oscars, but the real prize belongs to NASA

Gravity had a huge night at last night’s Academy Awards, but it can’t compete with the real thing.

Ahead of the OscarsNASA capitalized on the world’s focus on Gravity and came to remind us that “space exploration isn’t fictional,” all while showing off the incredible view from space that so few get to experience.

We saw much of the planet from the International Space Station while Cmdr. Chris Hadfield was up there last year. NASA itself already has much of a Twitter following, and while Gravity’s visual effects made it seem like the movie was shot in space, the “Real Gravity” shows that space is more than computer-generated images.

NASA was an integral part of the Gravity process, and star Sandra Bullock even talked to astronaut Cady Coleman prior to filming to learn about life on the ISS.

Real-life space living might never get as dramatic as what Bullock’s and George Clooney’s characters had to endure, but it’s a sight that needs to be seen.

NASA livetweeted the Oscars, and for every win Gravity received, it released another incredible picture, with many more on its Flickr account.

You may want to see Gravity again after it won seven Oscars, but the film might do so much more for the future of space exploration.

H/T Petapixel | Photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.