BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

I was already counting-down-the-days-til-release-date excited about 's upcoming flick, Gravity - the visuals look astonishing and both and seem to have scored their best roles in years. But now there's a more concrete reason for the space-nerds amongst us to get crazy - the attention to detail on the astronaut-flick.

Cuarón's thriller might be set in space, but it's certainly not science-fiction. According to two real astronauts on a featurette about the upcoming Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film, the production has done a serious amount of research into the realities of space travel.

'Somebody did their homework,' NASA astronaut Dr Mike Massimino says in the new featurette. 'Everything is exactly what it was like on our mission.' Massimino also starred in the documentary IMAX Hubble 3D, which Cuarón has referred to as the 'bible' for his thriller.

'We wanted to be as accurate as possible with those references,' Cuarón said. 'I think our biggest reference was the Hubble documentary. That, for me, is my personal favorite in IMAX. IMAX was our bible.'

Dr Cady Coleman, a NASA astronaut, explains how she worked directly with Bullock to help the actress get an accurate idea of how she'd move inside and outside the shuttle.

"When I was about three months into my space station mission, my brother met Sandra Bullock's brother-in-law, and they arranged that she and I would talk because she was about to go to space," Coleman said. "We talked about how there's outside, wearing 300-pound spacesuit, always holding on to something. And then there's inside the space station, where it just takes the touch of a finger — or even I could take one of my long hairs and push it against a surface, and I could move myself down the entire length of the space station. That's how little force it takes to move up there."

Check out the featurette here, which features some pretty jaw-dropping footage from the film:


Gravity will rocket into theaters on October 4th.


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