Tune into the Space Station Livestream and Feel the Anxiety Wash Away
Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I watch the live feed from the International Space Station for a bit. It’s nice. Highly recommend it.
We can wax poetic about Pale Blue Dots and the Overview Effect, and how seeing the Earth from a great distance might save all of humanity from mass self-extinction.
But the best — and most frank — example of how deeply the awe of seeing your home planet from space wriggles into the most feelsy bits of your brain might be from the first American to take a spacewalk, astronaut Ed White.
Once he clambered out of the hatch of the Gemini spacecraft, it took a whole lot of NASA ground control coaxing to get him back inside, like impatient parents calling a kid home for dinner. His response to repeated calls to come in was basically, “La la la, I can’t hear you!”
“This is the saddest moment of my life,” White said, upon finally re-entering the spacecraft.