Astronaut Explains What 'Gravity' Got Right, Wrong

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Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former NASA Astronaut Leroy Chiao discusses the fact and fiction of the film "Gravity." He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

First of all, let me say i was very impressed with the film, and i would recommend it to anyone to go see it.

It is very inter--- entertaining.

It is realistic in that they set up the framework of what it really looks like to be in space.

Having said that, there are a number of technical inaccuracies and violations of the laws of physics, but it is a movie, and i was -- i've really enjoyed it.

How do we justify further expense on space and science in washington?

What you say when you speak to a congressman or woman who says i don't want to find that?

The actual fact is the part of the nasa budget is less than 1% and historically has been less than 1% of the u.s. budget except during the apollo era.

You are getting all of the things that nasa does at very low prices and you are creating a lot of jobs, you have got technical spinoffs.

I think the most reported reasons that you fund a human space program is that it inspires a next generation of young people.

I was inspired by the apollo program, that is what made me interested to go study engineering and go to school and actually eventually become an astronaut myself.

Leroy, space travel has become the domain of billionaires pretty cost millions of dollars if you want to be a space taurus.

Is this a good thing for our country?

I think it is the first step.

It is interesting because what happens is nasa developed in the government developed the technology and the infrastructure.

Now you're seeing commercial aspects coming into it.

Yeah, there have been about seven people i think that have paid pretty good sum of money to get up into space, and i think that if the first step of commercialization.

As with anything like this, even with the airplane, the first airplanes were expensive, they were dangerous, and then eventually the commercial side caught up and we have got modern

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