“Gravity” grabs seven Oscars

Congratulations to the makers of and the actors in Gravity for the seven Oscars they won tonight, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Quite remarkable for a space drama with a near-term, (fairly) hard science, realistic approach to captivate audiences in huge numbers and to achieve so much critical acclaim.

I wish the scenario was less catastrophic but, as NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino indicates, the movie still manages to depict the amazing beauty and wonder of spaceflight in earth orbit: