“That is the guide I want I had earlier than I used to be an astronaut,” Virts advised CNN. “However the entire actually cool, thrilling and harmful issues — I’d not have wished to know them. You wish to uncover them for your self. You do not wish to know the ending.”
He got down to write a information, reasonably than a memoir, as “a technique to convey area to folks and make one thing optimistic — 80% enjoyable and pleased, 20% indignant and unhappy.”
Life in area
Virts shares the great, the unhealthy and the ugly concerning the realities of being an astronaut, together with particulars about uncomfortable spacesuits, the reality about going to the lavatory in area and what the wonderful views of Earth and area are actually like.
“The experience into orbit is essentially the most thrilling, completely intoxicating eight and a half minutes you may think about,” Virts wrote.
Throughout his time on the station, Virts additionally carried out three spacewalks. “What I noticed modified my perspective on life,” Virts wrote. “For a couple of wonderful seconds, it was simply me and the universe.”
Virts described his seven months on the area station as 99% work and 1% of life-altering moments like he had through the spacewalk.
A typical query Virts is requested throughout public talking engagements is what it feels prefer to be in area — and the reply is falling. Astronauts shortly study that flailing on the area station is a foul concept — and a great way to get damage. As an alternative, they’ve to maneuver slowly and intentionally as they develop accustomed to floating.