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Your Visor Separates Life From Death: An Astronaut Describes A Spacewalk

Astronaut Drew Feustel discusses his time in space and describes the experience of going on a spacewalk.

Astronaut Drew Feustel on a spacewalk in March 2018.


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Astronaut Drew Feustel has flown on two space shuttle missions — one in 2009 and one in 2011 — and spent time aboard the International Space Station in 2018. In 2009, he had his first chance to go on a spacewalk. His mission was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

“It’s amazing to be out there in a space suit,” he said. “It’s a very different experience having just the separation of the visor of your helmet separating you from the vacuum of space — so life from death essentially.”

In the audio above, Feustel explains what it’s like on a spacewalk compared to being inside a spacecraft.

Astronaut Andrew Jay “Drew” Feustel.