Retired Col. Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, said passengers on the Blue Origin flight felt like a “big gorilla has been jumping on you and just threw you off a cliff” as the capsule rocketed into space to weightlessness.
“It’s the ultimate dragster,” he told CNN. “They’re going to be shaking. Their back teeth are going to rattle.”
He said the rocket will have to punch its way through the atmosphere so there will be a “whole bunch of vibration.”
Then “there will be this instantaneous wham – and like magic, some big gorilla has been jumping on you and just threw you off a cliff, and suddenly you’re weightless. They’re all just about to experience that,” he said.
He said these three minutes of weightlessness will go by very quickly.
“I think the real important thing is to just live it. Absolutely absorb, become hyper aware. Focus on what’s going on around you,” he said. “The difference of weightlessness and the amazing view out the window. You have to be a sponge, a human sponge, absorbing the magical experience.”