Space Flight in Science Fiction

Shuttle Endeavour

I just read an article on space flight and how laughably it is portrayed in fiction. It’s interesting to read about how flying without a point of reference causes illusions and disorientation, and how pilots are trained to ignore every feeling in their body and instead rely on their instruments. A far cry from how spaceflight is depicted in media, where pilots always look the epitomy of cool leaning in to turns and relying on dodging the incoming laser fire just by staring out of the window.

If you have interest in reading about motion induced blindness or graveyard spirals, the link is below.

© 2015, Gavin Zanker. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Photo by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic.



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