This Is What It Feels Like to Finally Reach Space

Smiles on the faces of all the astronauts last night as they boarded the International Space Station

BLZ9aGfCIAADI-v.jpg

The smiles on their faces say it all. Last night, a little after midnight on the East coast, three astronauts floated off a Russian Soyuz space capsule and onto the International Space Station where they will live for the next six months. The astronauts (from left to right: Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen L. Nyberg of the USA, and Luca Parmitano of Italy) had departed just eight hours earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is Parmitano's first time living in space; for Nyberg and Yorchikhin, yesterday's arrival was a return visit. If you'd like to follow their adventures at 260+ miles up, Nyberg and Parmitano will be tweeting at @AstroKarenN and @astro_luca.

[Editor's note: Really disappointed in the lack of mustache.]

Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open for 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Technology

Just In