Buzz Aldrin blasts After Earth for lack of spacefaring realism

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May 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

Early reviews of Will and Jaden Smiths’ sci-fi epic After Earth have not been pretty (it’s currently rated a dismal 13% on Rotten Tomatoes), but now it might have its most famous critic yet: former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Aldrin, a part of the historic Apollo 11 landing on the moon, had a chance to catch a premiere screening of the film and said some of the spacefaring shots were pretty unrealistic. Why? There was too much darn noise in space.

He nitpicked in a great comment to the AP, and even commented on who he thought did space travel right:

"There was a lot of noise. In space, you don't get that much noise. Noise doesn't propagate in a vacuum. We talked over headsets ... Fortunately, we were free of static. We could communicate with each other pretty clearly, and mission control, though we were 50,000 miles away...

...Arthur C. Clarke added a bit of reality to the genre with the (function) of the ship and people flying out in space on a mission.”

Ouch. Admittedly, Aldrin has more experience than the rest of us when it comes to space travel and might be a bit pickier, but there’s no reason not to strive for as much realism as possible. Even if the story is set 1,000 years in the future on a near-inhospitable Earth. 

(Via Huffington Post)