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20 Scientific Errors in Gravity

Space Exposure

The movie: When Kowalsky and Stone return to the gutted Explorer, they see the bodies of the other crew members floating around the command module, eyes open and bodies totally frozen.

Real life: It actually would've been a little grosser than that. For one thing, eyeballs don't do so well in space, so the dead crew would probably have very damaged or deformed eyes. They would also appear more bloated, and they wouldn't be frozen yet — just like in a freezer on Earth, frost takes hours to accumulate in orbit. Pictured here are the only astronauts who have ever been killed by space decompression: the brave crew of the Soyuz 11.

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