What is it like to return home from space?


If you have ever wondered what it would be like to return home to Earth from space, then former Nasa astronaut and engineer Leland Melvin is here to help.

In a video for the Great Big Story YouTube channel, a network ‘dedicated to the untold, overlooked and flat-out amazing’, Melvin describes both the emotional and physical experience of coming home from another world.

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Melvin talks first about the ‘immense love and pride’ he felt upon seeing his family, and the disorientation as he tried to adjust to terra firma.

‘To walk on the beach was just the most incredible thing,’ he says.

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‘When you look at the horizon it kind of helps you re-gauge your gyros in your inner ears and it helps you know exactly what’s up and down and right and left.’

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And, perhaps unsurprisingly, he discusses how strange it is to drive a car at 60mph as opposed to 17,500mph.

‘It changes the way you think about speed,’ he explains.

Space, he goes on to say, is ‘transformative’, and he encourages potential astronauts to see past nationality and language and understand that ‘we’re all in this together’.

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