HEADLINES Published January27, 2016 By Beatrice Asuncion

Astronauts Talks About his Time in Space

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There are currently 7.4 billion human beings alive on earth today. Out of the whopping and increasing number, only a minute percentage of 534 have been to space - 533 of those have reached Earth orbit, 24 have been beyond low Earth orbit and 12 have been on the moon. Because of the small number of people who have been outside the planet, most have been curious as to what it is like to be in space. Thankfully some astronauts have chimed in on their experience.

Chris Hadfield, an astronaut form the Canadian Space Agency, has previously conducted a Reddit AMA and during the question and answer he revealed his favorite part of earth viewed in space.

"Australia looks coolest - the colours and textures of the Outback are severely artistic. The most beautiful to me are the Bahamas, the vast glowing reefs of every shade of blue that exists" quipped Hadfield.

Likewise, astronaut Scott Kelly, who is the first American to spend a year in space continuously has also opened up about currently living in the International Space Station. According to Kelly, the sensation of being in space is akin more to hanging that to falling.

More recently however astronaut Leland Melvin spoke poignantly about the first time he laid eyes on Earth from space. Melvin gushed about how much calmer it is to be in space since it puts issues that seem like a big deal on earth into perspective.

"You get much calmer when you come back from space because the things that you thought were a big deal, are no longer a big deal. These things that are happening day-to-day, like a hang nail, or tripping, or someone cutting you off in traffic, it pales in comparison to the experience that you have had" said Leland in a video released by Great Big Story.  

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