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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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In Interstellar, why did NASA hold Coop away from his daughter when he first was brought into the NASA facility?

Two unknown people show up at a secret government facility in the middle of the night. I think it seems quite reasonable that the security of the site (which may have been entirely robotic) would ...
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At the end of Interstellar, who built the colony?

Now first of all, Richard is right in his answer that it isn't really much of a huge colony but just a little camp built from the resources they brought with the Lander from the Endurance. While some ...
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Time machine in Interstellar movie

The Tesseract, to describe the real thing: In geometry, the tesseract is the four-dimensional analogue of the cube; the tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square. Just as the surface of ...
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Why aren't the planets orbiting Gargantua sucked in?

Because that's not how black holes and orbital mechanics work. It is true that a black hole has basically so much mass (thus gravitation) that at a certain point nothing can escape its gravitational ...
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How much of a gravitational time dilation did the three planets in Interstellar experience?

Now first of all, I'm not a huge expert in general relativity, so I'll go from a layman's understanding of it, combined with what the film actually tells us and a few bits and "known" facts about that ...
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Why did they go to visit the first water planet in Interstellar?

This planet should have been left many more years so the astronaut there could have enough time to perform some tests and exploration. They didn't know that the miller's planet is that close to ...
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Why this way of making earth uninhabitable in Interstellar?

Nolan chose the blight and the Dust Bowl because they are non-specific environmental crises. The movie is about mankind starting that journey again and exploring space. And these catastrophes provide ...
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How did the information from the black hole do this?

The information was about gravity, intended to allow NASA to develop technology to manipulate gravity. Gravitational anomalies such as the wormhole were detected by NASA. This told them that the ...
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How come the scientist in the second planet is not super old?

Yes, there is an explanation for that. Dr. Mann was in some kind of hypersleep. This is apparently an established technology in the film. You can see Cooper and the rest of the Endurance crew enter ...
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Why did Cooper leave at the end?

Cooper specifically leaves to go and find Brand and this must be via the wormhole. The destination is clear from his conversation with Murph at the end: Murph: No parent should have to watch their ...
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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

That's what happens when we forget who we are and what we achieved. While the existing answers do a really good job of explaining the in-universe reasons for the government to deny the moon landings ...
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What does this conversation about ghosts mean?

"Get" here means to have ghosts around you, or inhabiting your house. A more common phrase that uses it the same way is "if you keep food lying out you might get bugs in your house". "Too close to ...
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What was Cooper's plan after docking?

The team are on an inhospitable planet. They've discovered that Mann was falsifying the data about the conditions on the surface. Mann was attempting to strand them on a planet that they would ...
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Is the scene with Romilly different between the IMAX and DVD/BluRay releases of Interstellar?

No, I am sure that did not happen in any version of the film. But I can't do more than offer you my word of having seen it in the cinema twice and never remembering such a scene. Neither is it ...
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Why was the Chinese drone replaced with an Indian drone by the filmmakers?

Okay, I finally read the original 2008 script by Jonathan Nolan. First of all, the story was in many aspects, small as well as big ones, vastly different from the final film, the least significant of ...
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Why is there a huge sound when Dr. Mann's spacecraft destroys the part of the Endurance?

Sound normally* cannot travel through a Vacuum. A Vacuum is defined as an absence of matter. Sound is kinetic energy, vibrations, traveling though a medium, such as air, water, or solid matter. An ...
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Is Gargantua a black hole or a wormhole?

Yes, you are right, Gargantua is a black hole. You described the story of the movie quite correctly and it is actually that timeline image you linked that is wrong in some parts and a little ...
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What happened to Lazarus mission's Endurance?

Lazarus didn't have a Endurance like ship. It's explained during the board-room scene in NASA: PROFESSOR BRAND Ranger launches carrying the bravest humans ever to live, led by the remarkable ...
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Is a corn-only diet sufficient enough for the nutritional needs of the human body?

Copied from Science Fiction & Fantasy Real Life Nutritionally speaking, the answer is no. If you tried to survive on a diet of nothing but corn you'd soon die of malnutrition, initially ...
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Why does Coop have to sneak out to rejoin Amelia Brand?

I think he does it secretly because he's in a hurry to reunite with Amelia. Cooper is literally The Guy Who Saved All Humanity, returned from inside a black hole decades after he was last seen, but ...
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