Why Does Going to Space in Movies Always End Up Being a Nightmare?

It’s every kid’s dream to go to space. But why? If movies have taught us anything—and movies teach kids everything—going to space is totally miserable!


The same nightmarish rules designed to ruin your trip apply to pretty much all space movies: if there’s a crew on board, you’ll somehow end up being alone. If you need to get back to Earth, you’ll somehow end up being stranded. And if there is something that can go wrong, you bet your ass it will go wrong while you’re in space.

Watch this mashup of space movies called Space Story: A Bad Day by Luc Bergeron. It stitches together scenes from movies like The Martian, Interstellar, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sunshine, and more.

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Dr. Opossum

Because a standard safe mission into space wouldn’t be very interesting? This is not the hardest question to answer. That said, I think Gravity, Interstellar, and especially The Martian still offer optimistic space stories and will probably inspire young astronauts.