|Posted on Aug 16, 2010 10:39:55 AM | Heather Smith | 1 Comments ||
During an interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations NEEMO 14 mission, I got to ask two questions. I wrote about the first one, about the use and impact of social media during the mission. I decided to make the second question its own post. It needed its own space to shine because Hadfield had an amazingly unique answer! I asked: “What are you most looking forward to when you return to the real world?” meaning when he returned to the surface at the end of the mission.
I could’ve guessed a few responses of what he might have said, based on what other astronauts have said they miss about Earth while in space -- family, certain foods, the comforts of home. But the answer Hadfield gave was surprising and very specific to the environment he was in. Hadfield’s answer? The sun.
"The view here is always a beautiful modeled pastel blue or black, and the sun is very indistinct and indirect. You know it’s day and you know it’s night, but you can never feel the sun. You only see that it’s daytime somewhere else. Really, it’s sort of like watching the sun on television or something. It’s just not the same. I’m very much looking forward to feeling the sun on my skin.
Cool, huh? He missed our sun, something a lot of us are probably complaining about right now, and something we tend to take for granted.
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