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The recent mission of the space shuttle ferried a couple of rookie astronauts to the International Space Station. In an interview from space, Kevin Ford, Discovery pilot and first time space-flyer, talked about experiencing the new surroundings. Ford said, “It’s a very, very different environment than I expected.” Ford described space travel as offering many new sensations. He said when Discovery fires her maneuvering thrusters, they are very loud, and so powerful that they give the shuttle a kick, and astronauts “feel a little twang throughout the orbiter when they’re firing to keep you in position.”

Ford said one of the things he was not ready for was the weird smell of space. Other astronauts have described the smell of space as being like gunpowder or ozone. Ford said, “From the (spacewalks) there really is a distinct smell of space when they come back in. It’s like…something I haven’t ever smelled before, but I’ll never forget it. You know how those things stick with you.”

Space Shocks Rookie Astronaut’s Senses;; September 5, 2009; Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

If the new experience of space travel offers such unique sensations, imagine what being in the presence of the Lord for eternity must be like.

1Corinthians 2:9 CEV But it is just as the Scriptures say, "What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!"

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