October 8th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Despite Criticisms, One Astronaut Says He Loves 'Gravity'

As far as fans are concerned, "Gravity" is out of this world.

The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney space thriller set an October opening weekend record, surpassing "Paranormal Activity 3's" $52.6 million debut in 2011, according to EW.

Many critics also hailed the film, which centers around characters being set adrift in space. But some in the science community have taken exception to some of the facts presented.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter over the weekend to offer several "Mysteries of #Gravity," including "The film #Gravity should be renamed 'Angular Momentum.' " He points what the film got wrong, from the fact that Bullock's hair didn't free float to why she, as a medical doctor, was on the mission to start with.

Though "New Day" spoke with NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino who says he loves the movie.

Massimino is a veteran of two space shuttle missions, both of which serviced the Hubble space telescope, including the historic final repair mission. He says:

“If you really want to learn science you might need to go to school, because it’s a movie. But the movie can inspire you. I don’t think they’re handing out college credit as you leave the theater but he’s got an interesting point… but if you were to show what we actually do, I don’t think many people would watch. If you show just exactly what we do, I don’t think you get many people coming to the movies.”


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