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At night, that basically means you don’t see the Earth… not at all. When it’s a moonless night you don’t see the Earth. In fact, all it might look like to you is the absence of stars.

Astronaut Dave Wolf, relating what darkness looks like in space.

This is from the latest Radiolab, “Dark Side of the Earth”, in which Wolf tells the gripping tale of being trapped outside of the Russian space station Mir for days, waiting for a dark death to set in, and how he lived through it. And in the end, he says, if you’re floating just right, space can be a very peaceful place to hang out.

Give it a listen.

Since I no longer commute on a public transportation system, I like to listen to podcasts while I do the dishes or clean the house. This story from Radiolab was so captivating and terrifying that I dropped (and shattered) the drinking glass I was cleaning.

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