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Apollo 13 - Sound in Space?
After the shuttle launches and enters space it starts to detach parts. When the second part breaks off it shoots through space sounding much like an airplane soaring through the air, however there is no air nor sound in space, air is needed to produce sound. (Thanks Mrs. Knapp!)
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Casey on 06-12-2001
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Roxana writes:
Too true. That's one thing I like about 2001, c'cause it's realistic. There's just something so eerily creepy about the silence thing in space, I love it!! But almost no movies do it. Anyways, definitely not a space shuttle. The shuttle can reach orbit, but it can't go any further than that. The moon trips were made in Apollo/SaturnV's.
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superbad writes:
It's Hollywood. Star Wars and Star Trek...MEGA SOUND IN SPACE=)...the biggest slipup in Hollywood History. Wouldn't be interesting to see those battle sequences with no sound? Haha.
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RaxaR writes:
thats not entirely true, see there can be sound around the rocket because they used oxygen or some other sound carrying substance as fuel, so there can be a light sound, if you watch footage taken from real saturn 5 rockets wile in space there is light sound, or the second stage of the rocket could have been ejected wile in the upper layers of the atmosphere where there is air to carry sound, i forget which one it is
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David Acco writes:
This slip-up occurs in almost every space movie. Looking at star wars battle scenes would be quite different if they were without sound :-).
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Duo God of Death writes:
Yes it is a fact that there is no sound in space due to the fact that there is no air for the sound to bounce off of. All of the Star Wars movies make this same mistake, but wouldn't a movie get really boring when every time they went into outer space it got dead silent? The film creators add the sound to make the movie more exciting and not really realistic.
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r5_a2 writes:
The sound was placed there for theatrical reasons, the scene without the sound would have made it rather boring with just the rocket blasting through space.
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spacechick18 writes:
Actually, they don't launch a shuttle. The first space shuttle mission was in 1981, where they launched Columbia. What they launched is a Lunar Module.
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jmack writes:
The only movie I have ever seen that had realistic silent EV scenes was 2001, and those were pretty boring as a result.(sorry Kubrik) However wasn't the first stage jettison made inside the atmosphere? That would explain the whoosh.
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Eilton writes:
Oh come on, it's just a special effect!
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Slappy writes:
No offense intended, but you people who want sound effects in space so that a movie won't be boring are morons. It's a complete non sequitur. If a movie is a romance (not a thriller, a romance), it probably won't have explosions going on while the couple are romancing. Why? Because it doesn't make sense. If a movie is about dogs, should you be expect plenty of information about particle physics? Why not? Because it's out of place. Why would you want sound in space in any movie? It's idiotic. 2001 (and Silent Running, IIRC) can be taken as a possible future; makes 'em more fascinating and enjoyable than the great pieces of work they are anyway. Star Wars can never, never be thought of as more than entertainment for children (who are unaware of science - the sound in space would have driven me crazy by the age of about 8).
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Techster writes:
I think that if you'd do a little more reading on the history of man in space, you'll find that it was actually a Saturn V rocket that was launched, NOT the Space Shuttle!
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wl_sprague writes:
This is a picky as some of the nonesense on www.badastronomy.com. It a movie. 2001 was a great film, but to make it realistic it was also a very slow moving movie. I've seen it already. I'm not interested in watching all these movies be that realistic. I watch movies to be entertained, plain and simple. Bad movies are bad because of real slip ups...this is a great film because it avoids many slip ups. The ones that seem to be picked out here are not always slip ups. Like this one, they are often "filmmaking" and "entertainment".
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Arayle writes:
It's dramatic effect
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nikkilove writes:
OK thats true but i mean it's a MOVIE!! it would be pretty boring if they just had silence during a very exciting part
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alf1203 writes:
It is called MOVIE EFFECTS - without them the movie is boring.
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