Mr. Keating emphasizes the real-world applicability of words, language, and poetry. He encourages his students to contemplate their life's purpose. The human race is full of passion- poetry, beauty, romance and life: the things people stay alive for. "The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
During the Apollo 15 space mission, astronaut David Scott decides to test Galilleo's theory that all objects fall at the same rate, despite their weight, in the absence of an atmosphere. In his test, he drops two objects with drastically different weights, a hammer and a feather, at the same time.