The Explorer Space Shuttle.

The Explorer Space Shuttle is a major location in Gravity.

Role in GravityEdit

The Explorer  was used in the STS 157 mission. It's commanding officer was Captain Evans, and it was crewed by Thomas, Shariff Dasari, Ryan Stone, and Matt Kowalski

During the mission, the shuttle was hit by debris from a satellite, and was destroyed. Captain Evans and Thomas were both on board and died from space exposure, while Dasari was killed when a debris piece impaled him through the head. Dr. Stone and Commander Kowalski were the only survivors from the Explorer. (Kowalski later died from Hypoxia and Hypercapnia, while Stone survived). It is unknown whether the spaceship is still floating around the earth or if it had entered the earth's atmosphere thus crashing somewhere on earth.


  • Its appearance in this film is somewhat of an anachronism. The Shuttle program ended in 2011 and the Tiangong-1 was launched after the Shuttle missions stopped. 
  • Alfonso Cuarón states that he used the shuttle in the film because he wanted the audience to relate to space travel. Even though the shuttle program was ended, he wanted the audience to identify with it. 
  • The Explorer may be named after the space shuttle replica Independence, which was originally named Explorer.

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