Few people, like maybe .03%, will ever know the feeling of being in outer space. The closest any of us will ever get to the moon is wearing a watch that’s been there and even that’s an unlikelihood.
Naturally, people have thousands of questions about space travel, and the only people who can really answer are NASA astronauts. I’m sure a couple guys in white coats could explain the feeling but the astronauts can really get detailed about the sensation of space.
These four astronauts were asked what it’s like in space. The first is Charles Duke. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, Duke became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.
That feels more like an acting exercise, but OK, I’ll take his word. Next is Terry Virts, a “lead astronaut for the NASA T-38 program, Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) test crewmember, and Expedition 9 crew support astronaut. He was the pilot of STS-130 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour and as of 2015 is assigned as a CAPCOM, communicating with station crews from mission control in Houston.”
Gee, thanks Terry. Wealth of knowledge. Alright, our third astronaut is Bernard Harris, the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk).
Ok, now that’s awesome. And it’s funny. Now we’re getting somewhere. But what we really want to know is what’s it like to be out in the middle of literally nowhere. Out in the universe. For that answer, we’ll ask Barry Wilmore, who’s got two space flights under his belt.
He’s fucking with us, right? Right?