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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

They were led to believe the moon landing was faked in order to socially engineer the public into living a sustainable lifestyle. With the Blight having devastated Earth so much that the population ...
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How could the human race be saved in Interstellar?

You pose an interesting question. It may indeed seem that this is a paradox since the humans couldn't have gone back in time to save themselves when they wouldn't have been saved in the first place. ...
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Why are there not any MRI machines available in Interstellar?

According to Interstellar's screenwriter Jonathan Nolan: Revelation 2: The death of tech in the film, like GPS and MRI machines, is based on informational extinctions in history. Jonah Nolan: ...
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Why wasn't Interstellar shot in 3D?

Christopher Nolan is, quite famously, aghast with 3D; which he perceives to be an industry forced as opposed to audience led technology... basically, its only around as a way for the film industry to ...
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Why doesn't Murph tell her dad that she knew who the 'ghost' was?

Because she didn't know by then. With all the things happening in parallel on Earth and at the other end of the universe you might have confused the events a little there, but the point where Murph ...
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Why wasn't Interstellar shot in 3D?

Christopher Nolan has repeatedly expressed his dislike for 3D based on various reasons: For example in an interview about Inception he expressed that while interesting, 3D isn't too relevant for a ...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

The appearance of the black hole in Interstellar was not created arbitrarily. It was actually modeled using the real relativistic equations describing the path of light in the gravitational field of a ...
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In Interstellar, why did NASA hold Coop away from his daughter when he first was brought into the NASA facility?

This would be standard protocol. NASA is a governmental organization. Its security would be handled by military personnel or civilian paramilitary employees. Coop no longer worked for NASA. He would ...
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In what time does Interstellar take place?

This post from Bustle.com gives some good reasoning for Interstellar being set around the 2070s. In summary: the descriptions of halcyon days gone by from Cooper's live-in father-in-law Donald sound ...
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Why did Mann's base explode?

It was a booby-trap set by Mann. It was activated when his robot was rebooted and the hidden data was accessed. Mann set it to cover his tracks and hide the fact that his planet wasn't habitable.
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How did Murph know about Edmunds?

The only way Murph could know is when that information came from Brand herself. Therefore we must assume that the quantum data Cooper send to Earth/Murph was also able to fix the one-directional ...
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Condition of Earth in Interstellar

I think the details what caused earth's current state are left a bit unclear and that on purpose. What we know is, that there are two different aspects to earth's devastating state: There is the ...
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What happened to the other 9 astronauts?

Since only one system with 3 worlds show promise, we can infer that the other 9 astronauts are dead. Either they didn't make it to their worlds or they landed on uninhabitable worlds. PROFESSOR BRAND ...
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Why did it take a rocket to lift off the Earth but just shuttles to lift off the other planets?

The same question was also asked on Quora, with various interesting answers, even if it's hard to say which one is correct and they all sound quite plausible. Everyone seems to agree though, that both ...
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Where is this quote about overcoming the impossible said in "Interstellar"?

It wasn't said in the movie as far as I know. It's from the first teaser trailer: For the record, IMDb usually labels those with a "[from trailer]" disclaimer, but ...
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Why are there not any MRI machines available in Interstellar?

The cause is that all of humanity is concerned on making food to survive, so most of people are farmers, there is a shortage of engineers who could make and operate such machines, as well as the fact ...
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Why no stars in Interstellar?

When a large bright object is in your field of view, smaller dimmer objects are effectively hidden. This is because your eyes adapt to the bright light. Cameras will also adapt to the bright light ...
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How does the high gravity on Miller's planet create big waves?

The slightly larger gravity on Miller's planet doesn't necessarily drag the waves down into smaller waves. In fact the waves were actually caused by an external force, namely the planet's very close ...
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How did Romilly survive 23 years on the Endurance?

"Hypersleep Pods (a.k.a. "the long nap") are used to slow the ageing process of the human body so that astronauts do not incur excessive senescence and not overly consume limited ...
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What was Mann's motivation?

First of all, we have to remember that Mann was a coward. Upon arriving on his planet, he realized it was uninhabitable but didn't want to die alone, and as such sent out a beacon to say he had found ...
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How does Cooper get out of the black hole?

He wasn't "in" the black hole. You can't go "into" a black hole. It's not a hole. It's a singularity. So, no, you can't "get out of a black hole". But since he wasn't "in" it there's no problem. He ...
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Why does the Endurance rotate in Interstellar?

It rotates to create artificial gravity A rotating space station is a known concept (apparently Tsiolkovsky thought about it in the very beginning of 20th century). It uses the rotation to induce a ...
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Who are "they" in Interstellar?

The 'They' being referred to is (at this point in the movie) some unknown, supposedly extra-terrestrial higher knowledge that is manipulating gravity to send messages in Binary, and Morse code. For ...
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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

It's a nod to Moon landing conspiracy theories. You either believe it or not but it's one of the most famous conspiracy theories that the US staged their moon landing to trick the world. Interstellar ...
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How did Murph know about Edmunds?

Well, you might also ask, how did Murph know Dr. Brand has reached the new planet at all. I guess Dr. Brand must have sent a message from the new planet, which informed others that she was there and ...
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If Cooper wanted to stay, why did he send the NASA Coordinates?

He first sends the message of STAY. Remember the scene in the beginning of the movie just before Cooper visits the teachers of his children. We are shown that Murph has some thick lines on her book. ...
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If Cooper wanted to stay, why did he send the NASA Coordinates?

Because Cooper was only saying STAY out of confusion and panic. To set the scene, Coop has just committed suicide to allow Brand to survive the slingshot to the other planet, and plunged into the ...
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Why was the wormhole in Interstellar placed near Saturn?

I'll try to make a first little attempt at parts of an out-of-universe answer why the writers might have chosen Saturn, even if it might be a bit far-fetched or speculative. Aesthetically as well as ...
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