Want to get a feel for what it’s like to live in space for months at a time? Ted.com just posted a talk Dent board member Cady Coleman gave on their main stage recently.
The best part? You guessed it, the flying:
My favorite part about living up there was the flying. I loved it. It was like being Peter Pan. It’s not about floating. Just the touch of a finger can actually push you across the entire space station, and then you sort of tuck in with your toes. One of my favorite things was drifting silently through the space station, which was humming along at night. I wondered sometimes if it knew I was there, just silent. But sharing the wonder of that with the crew was also part of what was important to me.
Cady and several Dent Passport members just returned from another near-weightless environment — undersea. We recently visited our friends in Florida who manage the astronaut training facility Aquarius Reef Base. Cady spent 11 days living underwater there prior to her trip to the ISS. While in Florida, we all went on a coral planting expedition hosted by the Coral Restoration Foundation.