Or: How the future became the past
The first thing that struck me about the trailer for Gravity was how beautiful and terrifying it was.
My second thought was how sad it was to see the space shuttle.
In 1968 Stanley Kubrick and some very talented designers imagined a realistic space plane for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In 1981 NASA made the dream a reality with the first space shuttle launch. 30 years later, in 2011, the shuttle made its last flight.
Now in 2013 the space shuttle appears in Gravity. Science fiction has become historical fiction.