Ever wondered what it would *really* be like to fly in space?
It might not be what you thought it was. Most astronauts feel sick as dogs as their inner ear gets used to no horizon/weightlessness.
And psychologically, how must it feel to be literally “away from home”, just 200 miles or so away from the earth’s surface, but not on your home planet?
These astronauts shared some of their experiences.
Some felt insignificant. Some felt like God.
Jerry Linenger said that when he was looking down at spaceship Earth, he sometimes felt like a cosmic creator, and said to himself, “I am like God!”
Linenger aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its first day in orbit, January 12, 1997. (Photo: NASA)
But when he did a space walk, he thought, “I’m just a speck in time. How life evolved is fascinating; it all came together, and here we are.”
Linenger works outside Russia’s Mir space station during a joint US-Russia spacewalk on April 29, 1997. (Photo: NASA)
Some, like Mae Jemison – who went to space in 1992 – overcame her initial feelings of insignificance, coming to the conclusion that she “was as much a part of this universe as any speck of stardust, (and) I had as much right to be here.”
More photos and thoughts on being in space from other’s who’ve been there are HERE.
(Feature photo: NASA)