Oct 7 2020
The questions we ask (and forget to ask) astronauts
On this episode of Space Curious, we're talking about our fascination with astronauts, an elite class of humans who have trained years for spaceflight but they are also people with families, hobbies --and --bodily functions.
This year marked the first-time astronauts have launched from Florida since 2011 when astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the Dragon spacecraft, made it to the space station -- and returned home, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. It was an epic return for American human space exploration.
The astronauts -- affectionately known as “The Space Dads” -- answered a lot of questions about their journey, including about the Crew Dragon bathroom.
To ask the question about why we want to know about the little oddities of space life, Space Curious host Emilee Speck spoke to space journalists Marina Koren, of The Atlantic, and Brendan Byrne, of WMFE, along with retired NASA astronaut Terry Virts.
Virts offered his perspective of living in space, including some details you might not expect like giving his space station crew mate a haircut and the sounds he misses most from his spaceflights.
While, Byrne and Koren both remind us that astronauts' families are also heroes of spaceflight.
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