Tom Cruise Should Have Died in “Top Gun: Maverick,” According to Science

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“Top Gun: Maverick” may have been your classic “no-holds-barred, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride“, but was it 100% scientifically accurate?  Apparently not.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says Tom Cruise should have DIED during one particular scene.

Tyson shared on Twitter, “Maverick ejects from a hypersonic plane at Mach 10.5, before it crashed.  He survived with no injuries.  At that air speed, his body would splatter like a chainmail glove swatting a worm.  Just sayin’.”

He added, “When Maverick ejected at Mach 10.5, he was going 7,000 miles per hour, giving him 400 million joules of kinetic energy, the explosive power of 100 kilograms of TNT.  A situation that human physiology is not designed to survive.

“So, no. Maverick does not walk away from this.  He be dead.  Very dead.”