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Channel: The Royal Institution
Categories: Astronomy   |   Society / Culture   |   Physics   |   Psychology   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Four seasoned astronauts recall what life in space is really like. Helen Sharman, Michael Barratt, Daniel Tani and Jean-Francois Clervoy talk about weightlessness, space walks, and coming home.
Day 18 of our advent calendar:

Watch these astronauts discuss looking back on Earth:

Only a few people will ever know what it’s like to be in space. From the sensation of weightlessness to the unique quirks of living miles above the clouds, being an astronaut is an experience like no other.

Four seasoned astronauts recall what it was like up there. Helen Sharman, Michael Barratt, Daniel Tani and Jean-Francois Clervoy discuss what a launch feels like, getting used to weightlessness and venturing outside the confines of a spacecraft to complete a space walk.

‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.

'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
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