Fear and danger – an astronaut’s perspective

Generations of scientists from every possible discipline work together to ensure a better understanding of the universe. Not only is their work able to provide insights into the creation of our planet and others and into the possible dangers that Earth might be exposed to as part of the universe or facilitate intrastellar travel, it also satisfies humanity’s curiosity of the great beyond. Their work is the reason why we are incredibly fascinated by the cosmos, but what’s it like for them?

Last year, NASA delegated astronaut Chris Hadfield to share the excitement of space exploration via social media. In a series of awe-striking YouTube videos, Twitter interactions and Tumblr postings, Hadfield covered the life, work and experiences of an astronaut in outer space, more precisely on the International Space Station. He offered great details on how you clip your nails, what happens to tears, how to brush your teeth, how to get a haircut, etc. and all in outer space with zero gravity.

Last week, Hadfield spoke in an enthralling talk at TED 2014 about the complexity and the sheer pressure of dealing with dangerous and scary situations. And he’s a guy we can definitely trust to know a thing or two about danger. Here are some questions you’ll find the answer to from his talk:

What’s it like to travel into space knowing that 1 in 9 such attempts have failed?
What’s it like to wake up one day and know you’re going on a space exploration journey?
What do you do when you suddently get blind and you’re all alone… in space?
How do you distinguish between the perceived danger and the absolute danger?

Enjoy and…. don’t forget to answer this: Would you still like to become an astronaut like you’ve always dreamt?  

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