'Holy shite, what am I seeing out here?': 7 astronauts reveal what it really feels like to live in space
Seeing our planet from space is a rare treat: Fewer than 540 people have ever left the Earth.Seven astronauts who've blasted off from our planet with NASA came together this week for the premiere of the National Geographic series One Strange Rock. The show, produced by Darren Aronofsky, takes an up-close look at how life on Earth works from a range of perspectives: it juxtaposes macro views of the planet from space with micro-shots of some of the tiniest oxygen-producing organisms, which are four times thinner than a human hair.
Aronofsky said the program aims to show off "the beautiful clockwork" of the Earth. "It's much more complicated than anything a human could conceive of," he said.
The astronauts featured in the series said that leaving the Earth changed how they see our world in remarkable ways. Some gained a different kind of understanding of the science they were taught as kids, while others gained an appreciation for the fact that we don't have to recycle our urine to make coffee here.
The seven astronauts sat down to chat with us about what going to space is really like. Here's what they had to say: