MarkBour wrote: ↑Sat May 20, 2023 12:51 am
Ann wrote: ↑Sun May 14, 2023 4:33 am
Have you ever been out in the forest and become overwhelmed by all the majestic trees and green leaves all around you? And you try to take a picture of it all. And it comes out like nothing, because your camera isn't very good. The picture you took doesn't convey the depth of the forest, and it only shows a little piece of what is around you anyway. There is not enough "left and right", not nearly enough "picture" to show how the forest just seems to go on and on until it swallows you.
An apt description of about all of my nature photos ever!
McCandless must have had a really unique feeling. It has to be a record, if we can phrase it properly.
The farthest a (living) human being has ever been from everyone else, is apparently Al Worden during Apollo 15.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2013 ... uman-being
but it must have felt different in his spacecraft than McCandless, who must have felt more exposed and free.
I wonder if he had any temptation at all to fly just a little farther away. I don't think I would have. I think I would have been laser-focused on how I was going to get back.
I looked up Al Worden. Wow!!!
Anyway, when it comes to being "lost in space", my favorite space quote ever is something that was said in the Apollo 13
movie, or I think it was. I don't want to see that movie again and maybe spoil my memory of that perfect little snippet.
So what I think I remember is that that the crew of Apollo 13 had a problem not only with life support but actually by finding their bearings in space. They look out a window and see the Earth sort of swish past. And one of them shouts, Aim for the Earth! Aim for the Earth!
Isn't that perfect? When in doubt, aim for the Earth.
Houston, we have a problem? No problem. Just aim for the Earth.
Edit: Oh wow, Mark. I just read that article about Bob Stewart's "spacewalk from hell", and how he, on his next (highly successful) spacewalk just two days later, decided to "turn away from everything for a little while", as you put it:
Air & Space Magazine
“While I was out there looking at the orbiter and looking at Earth, I got to thinking: ‘What would it be like to be the only person in the universe?’ So I turned the MMU to where I couldn’t see the Earth, moon, or sun—I could only see the blackness of space.”
“I only lasted about fifteen seconds, and I thought, ‘Well, let’s just turn around and make sure everything’s still there.’ That was an interesting feeling that I did not expect.”
Let's just turn around and see that everything is still there. Maybe that statement even beats "Aim for the Earth!".