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The real physics of Interstellar

Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar makes an admirable attempt to be scientifically authentic, but science fact will always trump science fiction

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi in Interstellar. © Warner Bros

Deep in space, a little robot known as Philae travelled with its mother ship, Rosetta, looking for a comet. On 12th November, after a journey of 10 years, Rosetta reached its goal, a quarter of a billion miles away, where signals from earth take nearly half an hour to arrive at the speed of light. Rosetta released its baby and Philae descended, landed, bounced not once but…

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