An out-of-this-world hat trick

Garrett Reisman on the wonders and tragedies of a spaceman.

February 25, 2016 15:05
Garrett Reisman

US astronaut Garrett Reisman in an official portrait in an official portrait for NASA, in 2007. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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In the first part of a seven-episode series on YouTube, US astronaut Garrett Reisman seeks to give viewers an inside look of life on the International Space Station, while orbiting Earth in May 2008. The videos show him floating through the station, eating breakfast – alternately having to chase after his breakfast and droplets of water – and views of a passing Earth.

“The coolest thing about being in space,” begins Reisman, “is that you grow!” On the ground, he is a modest 165 cm. – but in space, where gravity isn’t condensing one’s spinal column, the astronaut excitedly exclaims, “I grew an inch!” He is an American hero – having flown on US shuttles Endeavor, Discovery and Atlantis. He’s spent over 100 days in space, with three space walks, for a combined time of 21 hours and 21 minutes.


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