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First Man and the Sci-Fi–Science Feedback Loop

For nearly a century, Hollywood has both drawn from and driven real scientific advances.
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Friday’s release of First Man, in which Ryan Gosling reenacts the true story of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission, is in some ways a classic example of art imitating life. But many viewers may not realize that Armstrong’s real-life journey to the moon also imitated art.

The flown by the moon missions was the followed by fictional astronauts in a classic silent film from 1929, . It was plotted by Hermann Oberth, and the first in a long line of science consultants for cinema. These scientists have not only made the science in movies more realistic, but have also

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