When asked to rate their best and worst space films, they had some surprising choices in both categories.
Get ready for a good old-fashioned movie debate because NASA's women have weighed the best and worst space movies, and it's causing a lot of discussion online. The BBC interviewed a number of women at NASA to ask them what they thought of space-thematic films, as well as some TV shows, and true to their scientific roots, they tended to opt for more scientifically accurate films.
Hidden Figures and Apollo 13 received the highest praise from NASA women, which is not surprising since two out of three are based on true stories. And many scientists tend to be sci-fi nerds, so it's not surprising they chose films like Star Wars and Star Trek that are not really science-based, but do not claim it.
As far as the worst movies are concerned, they tend to look for stories from the near future that pretend to rely on science, but really not, like the movie Armageddon by Bruce Willis. They also did not like Gravity, the thriller by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, noting that Bullock's character was able to move easily between orbits and not wear diapers, as astronauts did. Even NASA as a whole was not satisfied with the film, because it shows that everything goes wrong and could cause people to lose confidence in the work of NASA scientists.
The following are excerpts from Wikipedia on several of the films mentioned. 1
When Weir wrote the novel The Marsian, he endeavored to present the science correctly and used reader feedback to get it right.  When Scott began making the film, he also tried to make it realistic and received help from James L. Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at the NASA Mission Directorate. Green teamed up to answer Scott's scientific questions.  Green said, "The Martian is reasonably realistic," although he said that the film's dangerous dust storm, although reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour (190 km / h), would actually have a weak force.  Green also found the NASA buildings in the film more stylish than the functional NASA actually uses.  Film critics found in their posts that the Martian winds could "barely breeze light"  and screenwriter Goddard agreed that the winds needed to be significantly exaggerated to set the situation in motion
Apollo 13 is an American space docudrama film directed by Ron Howard in 1995 starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris. The script by William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert, depicting the aborted Apollo 13 Moon Mission of 1970, is an adaptation of the book Lost Moon: The Dangerous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. The film features astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise aboard Apollo 13 for America's third moon landing mission. En route, an onboard explosion deprives the spacecraft of most of its oxygen and electrical energy, forcing NASA's air traffic controllers to stop the moon landing and make the mission a fight to bring the three men home safely. One important reason for creating a technically accurate film was NASA 's technical support in training astronauts and air traffic controllers for its performers and the Permission to film scenes aboard an aircraft with reduced gravity to realistically depict the "weightlessness" of space astronauts
Armageddon is an 1998 American science fiction catastrophe film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and published by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of deep drills sent by NASA to stop a giant asteroid colliding with Earth. It features Bruce Willis and an ensemble consisting of Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David and Steve Buscemi.
Armageddon opens in theaters two and a half months after the similar asteroid impact-based film Deep Impact with Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman. Although Armageddon ran better at the box office, astronomers described Deep Impact as more scientifically accurate.  Armageddon was an international box office success despite generally negative reviews from critics and became the most successful film of 1998 worldwide.
Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller filmed, co-edited, recorded and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. He plays Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as American astronauts stranded in space after destroying their spacecraft in spacecraft, and their subsequent attempt to return to Earth.
Cuarón has stated that gravitation is not always scientifically accurate, some freedoms were necessary to sustain the story. "This is not a documentary," said Cuarón. "It's a piece of fiction." The film was praised despite some inaccuracies and exaggerations for the realism of its premises and its full adherence to physical principles. According to NASA astronaut Michael J. Massimino, who participated in Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions STS-109 and STS-125, "there was nothing out of place, nothing was missing." There was a unique wire cutter that we used in one of my spacewalks in fact, they had this wire cutter in the movie. "