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2014 American science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan about a crew of astronauts searching for a new home for a dying human society.

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How come the scientist in the second planet is not super old?

When Cooper (McConaughey) and Brand (Hathaway) return from the ground of the first planet in Interstellar, the scientist (Romilly?) that stayed in the ship aged 23 years because of the effect of ...
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How were Miller or Mann able to send information from their planet but Romilly couldn't send observations on the black hole?

When Cooper, Brand, and Doyle go to Miller's planet in Interstellar, Romilly stays behind to study the black hole. After their arrival, Romilly says that he tried to send information to Prof. Brand ...
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What does this conversation about ghosts mean?

In Interstellar Cooper and his duaghter have the following conversation: Murph: Grandpa says you can get ghosts Dad. Cooper: Maybe grandpa's a little too close to being one himself. What is this ...
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Time machine in Interstellar movie

I've read these Stack Exchange articles and am assuming that Interstellar could be a time travel movie. Cooper's Time in Space & Time travel in Interstellar explained. Wikipedia states that, ...
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How did the information from the black hole do this? [duplicate]

I've just seen Interstellar and I have two questions: How did the information from the black hole save humanity? What was that information about? I would rather not hear that "it's about the answer" ...
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How would someone “escape” a black hole? [duplicate]

In the 2014 movie "Interstellar" the main character Cooper gets trapped in a black hole and relays data about it to his daughter Murph. What I don't get is if nothing, including light, can escape a ...
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Why are there not any MRI machines available in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, Cooper mentions that they don't have any MRI machines while talking to his kid's teacher. The dialogue goes as follows: One of those useless machines they used to make was called ...
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Interstellar time travel explanation [closed]

1)How does time travel in Interstellar work? I understand the whole plot of the movie and that Cooper was Murphy's ghost. But if Cooper had to be her ghost, he should have gone to NASA, gone to Miller'...
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Why this way of making earth uninhabitable in Interstellar?

In Interstellar we see that in Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. However, current projections are the scarcity of oil, ...
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How were both Plan A and Plan B supposed to work together?

From what we see in the movie Interstellar and from this answer, it seems that both Plan A and Plan B were implemented. Now, considering that humans who survived from Earth, would ultimately have to ...
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Was Plan B in Interstellar carried out?

In Interstellar, it was proposed that if Plan A of evacuating the humans on Earth does not work out, they would have to colonize a new planet using the frozen human embryos. But since the evacuation ...
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How was love able to transcend the dimensions of time and space in Interstellar?

How was love able to transcend the dimensions? And how were THEY (people from future) actually able to communicate?
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Where is this quote about overcoming the impossible said in “Interstellar”?

On IMDb, a quote from Interstellar says: Cooper: We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to ...
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How does Cooper send coordinates through the falling sand?

When Cooper tries to communicate the coordinates of the NASA facility to Murph through the falling sand, it's said he's doing it in binary. How does he convert the coordinates to binary? And it looks ...
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Why didn't they send more complex data through the wormhole?

When I was answering some older Interstellar related question, I had to re-watch some parts of Interstellar. I've noticed one thing about wormhole and data they were able to send (back) through it. ...
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Could Doyle have survived?

I have been reading some Interstellar facts and came across one which caught my attention. It is not really a fact though - more like assumption. Here it is: Although Doyle is presumed drowned ...
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Who is the future “us” that Cooper mentioned while he was in the black hole? [duplicate]

While Cooper was in the black hole at the end of Interstellar, TARS mentioned that the walls (which is a 3D space in 5D) were up put by "them" (some other higher form of being) and Cooper replied that ...
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Why did Cooper leave at the end?

In Interstellar, why does Cooper leave to go find Brand at the end of the movie? There's no wormhole for him to travel through. Without the wormhole he can't get to her, otherwise someone would've ...
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Why didn't endurance burn from the heat generated by the accretion disk around Gargantua?

We know when Dr Mann failed the docking procedure and Cooper and TARS try to dock on the spinning endurance by matching their rotational speed, the ship started entering the stratosphere to which ...
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Why did Cooper not get spaghettificated when entering the black hole?

How did Cooper avoid spaghettification when entering the black hole at the end of Interstellar?
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How can Murph look so young after all this time?

By the end of Interstellar a little maneuvering around the blackhole took Cooper 51 earth years and the time on water the planet took 23 earth years. So, after almost 90 years Cooper reached the ...
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Do rocket scientists believe in fate? [closed]

In the movie Interstellar, there have been a couple of instances where we see the main characters, who are scientists, talking and believing in fate related emotions. In the beginning of the movie ...
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Why did they go to visit the first water planet in Interstellar?

In interstellar, the first planet they visit is the closest one to Gargantua, and hence the one with the biggest time dilation effect (1 hour on the planet = 7 years in the Earth). Now, if we make ...
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Wrong rotation of Endurance in Interstellar?

I don't know whether anybody mentioned that, but I found this little uncertainty in a scene: After they cross the wormhole near the Saturn and arrive to the other side, they start a discussion where ...
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Why does the Endurance rotate in Interstellar?

In the 2014 film Interstellar, why does the spacecraft Endurance spin? I think it really has to do something with physics?
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What is the significance of the robot names in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, robots are quite unconventional looking (which I have discussed already here), but they all have quite catchy names like TARS, KIPP, CASE and PLEX (in game). So what is the ...
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What happened to the other 9 astronauts?

In the beginning of the mission, it's mentioned that 12 pioneers went out to try to find a new world for humanity. During the duration of the film, they only visit 3 of those 12 planets and respective ...
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Why is the Endurance still in “orbit”?

According to the flight plan in Interstellar the Endurance never entered orbit around Miller's planet, which is further evidenced by the time dilation not experienced by Romilly. So how is it that ...
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What really happened in the black hole in Interstellar? [duplicate]

I am always confused about the end of the movie Interstellar. What really happened in that black hole? How could he survive in that black hole and then get out?
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Why doesn't Murph tell her dad that she knew who the 'ghost' was?

In Interstellar, Cooper goes into the black hole and into the 5th dimension. There he starts communicating with his daughter in the past, which she thought was a 'ghost' trying to communicate with her....
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Who was Getty and why was he hostile towards Tom?

Near the end of the 2014 film Interstellar, the protagonist's daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain) is in her old room while a man outside yells for her to hurry. The man outside is portrayed by Topher ...
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Why didn't Cooper exit the black hole thousands of years into the future after entering the event horizon? [duplicate]

In the scene where Cooper is sending a signal back to his daughter back on Earth, him and the robot are inside the event horizon for a few hours. However after they exit the black hole, it appears ...
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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, Cooper goes to school where he and Murph's teachers have this conversation. Teacher: It's an old federal textbook. We've replaced them with the corrected versions. ...
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Is a corn-only diet sufficient enough for the nutritional needs of the human body?

In Interstellar, due to crop blight they can only grow corn now. But is corn really sufficient enough to fulfill the nutritional needs of the human body? All the characters seem healthy enough, how is ...
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Why was the Chinese drone replaced with an Indian drone by the filmmakers?

In the beginning of Interstellar Cooper follows an Indian drone. There are claims all over the internet that the drone was supposed to be Chinese in the initial scripts, but was changed to an Indian ...
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Why does Coop have to sneak out to rejoin Amelia Brand?

At the end of Intestellar, Why does he do it secretly, stealing a spacecraft? He's following the order of someone who, if not in charge anymore due to old age, at least should have enough leverage to ...
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Why aren't the planets orbiting Gargantua sucked in?

My understanding is that the gravitational pull of a black hole is so intense nothing can escape it, not even light. So how is it in "Interstellar" that the planets orbiting Gargantua can withstand ...
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Is the scene with Romilly different between the IMAX and DVD/BluRay releases of Interstellar?

I originally saw the UK IMAX release of Interstellar and recently saw the BluRay version of it and, did I dream this: When Cooper et al. return from Millers planet (3 hours their time, 23 years ...
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What was Prof. Brand's plan?

Having rewatched "Interstellar" (2014), I realized that I don't understand the original plan. We learn that Prof. Brand never intended to go through with Plan A, as he was convinced that it cannot be ...
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How was Cooper confident about landing his Ranger on Miller's planet?

When Cooper enters Miller's planet in Interstellar, how does he know that he can land the ranger on the water surface? Also, when Brand and Doyle hop out of the ranger to collect data, how are they so ...
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Which Star do we see at the end of Interstellar?

Is there a name for the star that we see at the end of Interstellar? While Cooper is exiting the Tesseract, we see a bright shining star. I was wondering if anyone knew more about it.
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What was Cooper's plan after docking?

In Interstellar, when Mann wrecked the docking hub, Cooper and Brand are puzzled for a moment. But Cooper soon tries to dock his Ranger with the Endurance, which is spinning off. After successful ...
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What happened to Lazarus mission's Endurance?

In the events of Interstellar, Brand finally reaches Edmund's planet on the starship Endurance, via Miller's and Mann's planet. Where is the equivalent vehicle for the original 12 probes which were a ...
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Is Gargantua a black hole or a wormhole?

I will write the events in sequence but in a brief manner. Later on questions will be asked. Correct me if I'm wrong anywhere. First of all Cooper and his crew go through a wormhole that is near ...
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Can you explain the true identity of Murph's ghost? [duplicate]

In Interstella, when Murph was young she discovers something with gravity and calls it a ghost. But in the end of the movie she discovers it was Cooper. I still don't understand.
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Why did humans want to solve the gravity equation? [duplicate]

In the movie Interstellar, there's a lot of things that I don't get. Humans, most significantly Dr Brand, were hard at work for years solving the gravity equation. Brand wanted to do something to ...
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How did Dr. Brand decelerate when reaching Edmunds' Planet?

At the end of Interstellar all fuel from main engines of the Landers and Rangers was used to escape Gargantua's (the black hole) gravity well. They accelerated enough to break free. So how did Dr. ...
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What “promise” does Coop make to Murph?

In the film Interstellar, the granddad said that Coop needs to sort it out with Murphy before he goes, and not to make any promises he couldn't keep. But at the end of the film, while Coop was ...
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How much of a gravitational time dilation did the three planets in Interstellar experience?

In Interstellar, there are multiple planets that are accessible via a worm hole/gravitational anomaly near Saturn. Of twelve, only 3 were considered the most promising, and the ones that returned a ...
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Why is there a huge sound when Dr. Mann's spacecraft destroys the part of the Endurance?

We all know that sound doesn't travel through space. The Director, Nolan, avoided sounds in space through most of Interstellar, but when Mann's (Matt Damon) spacecraft is destroyed, a huge sound is ...