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

NASA capitalized on the world’s focus on Gravity and came to remind us that “space exploration isn’t fictional.” 


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Mar 3, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:46 pm CDT

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.

More #RealGravity as #Gravity is up for awards at #Oscars: Free flying further away from your ship than ever before

— NASA (@NASA) March 2, 2014

More #RealGravity as #Gravity is up for awards at #Oscars2014: @Astro_Suni is seen during an #ISS spacewalk in 2007

— NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2014

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.

More #RealGravity as #Gravity is up for #Oscars2014 awards: Astronaut Steven Smith works to service Hubble in 1999

— NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2014

More #RealGravity as #Gravity is up for #Oscars2014 awards: Astro. Chris Cassidy preps to get the shot from the #ISS

— NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2014

Another #RealGravity pic as #Gravity picks up awards tonight at #Oscars2014: Earth as seen from #ISS in 2013

— NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2014

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.

Congrats to #Gravity for another win at the #Oscars2014 for best director! Here’s a #RealGravity look at sunset

— NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2014

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

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2014, 1:18 pm CST