What I Learned From Going Blind In Space

Friday June 06, 2014 Written by Kane

The rhetoric of space exploration leans heavily on the transcendent majesty of our universe; the profundity of truly understanding our size within its infinity. And rightly so.

But it’s fascinating to try to understand – as astronaut Chris Hadfield does in this quite dramatic TED talk – how we could also understand space exploration as a simple function of conquering fear. Because conquering fear is something we try to do every day, whether we're almost dying — as he was — completely blind in the uncaring vacuum of space, or just trying to be better local librarians.

Chris Hadfield talks about overcoming fear, riding rocket ships and not being HAL 9000 in Smith Journal volume 11. Grab a copy, or find your nearest stockist.