Sunsets

Do you like sunsets?

Astronauts on the International Space Station, which weighs 1 million pounds, and is the length of a football field — including the end zones, get to experience a sunset every 92 minutes.

And yes, they’re up there right now.

I’ll conjecture that you cannot name one of the 216 men and women who have lived on the station. In fact, I bet you know more about Hollywood astronauts, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, than you do about real life astronaut, Mike Fincke — who lived out there — over three missions — for 381.5 days.

Look him up.

When the astronauts, like Fincke, get homesick, they can privately hold videoconferences with their families via special iPads. Of course, at $8 million a day, the work must take precedence over familial contact.

Days are short, and hours are long. Really long. So frustration, fatigue, etc., are common. But one thing never gets old: zero-G.

Imagine a push-off from your big toe that launches you across the room! Pretty cool, huh? Astronauts think so, too.

Of course, there are some downsides: the food ain’t great, and most astronauts slowly become farsighted in orbit, and even lose bone density, but the views and experience are out of this world!

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