Floating 250 miles above earth, attached to safety only by a tether, a single tear in your spacesuit can mean a desperate scramble back to the hatch before the oxygen runs out. Sounds terrifying, right? But according to experienced NASA astronaut Mike Foreman, it’s worth it for the amazing experience of floating weightlessly in space for hours on end.
“It’s amazing to be on a spacewalk,” he says. “When you put on that spacesuit and go outside you’re weightless. You have beautiful views of the earth, of the stars, of the outside of the space station, it’s just an amazing feeling.”