Buzz Aldrin Explains What After Earth Got Wrong
Getting everything scientifically accurate in a movie sometimes gets in the way of it being entertaining. Fire can’t exist in space, but isn’t it cool to see a ship go down in flames or a space station exploding in a burst? Still, for the experts out there it can be really annoying when Hollywood doesn’t get the simple stuff right. Remember when astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson convinced James Cameron to re-edit Titanic because the alignment of the stars in the sky were out of order? Today we have another story like that, only instead of an astronomer it’s one of the first men to ever walk on the moon.
The Huffington Post (via Giant Freakin Robot) recently covered a red carpet for an event where Buzz Aldrin was a guest of honor, and the site took the opportunity to ask him what he thought of M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth – which he had gotten to see at the film’s New York premiere. While critics have ripped the movie apart, Aldrin had one very specific complaint. “There was a lot of noise,” the astronaut said. “In space, you don’t get that much noise.” He went on to explain that noise can’t exist in a vacuum, and that the only way to communicate is through headsets. “Fortunately, we were free of static,” he continued. “We could communicate with each other pretty clearly, and mission control, though we were 50,000 miles away.”
Joss Whedon fans will probably be the first to point out that “no sound in space” was one of the cool details featured the short-lived series Firefly, which had only music playing over scenes taking place outside of a spaceship. But maybe Shyamalan can excuse it all with explanations about new technologies in the future. After all, it is science fiction.