Victor Glover talks astronaut psychology, resilience, adaptability, fear & more in this interview with Space.com:
Space.com: It’s clear that those risking their lives in the pursuit of science are made of stern stuff. But what about coming back? How does life change when you go from the International Space Station and come back to Earth? After an astronaut has been to space, is there a mental ‘hangover’ associated with having achieved what so many never will — and the relative mundanity of life back on Earth afterwards?
Glover: Coming back from space can really be disorienting, literally and figuratively. We launched in a pandemic, and there were no vaccines. We came back, and there are vaccines, and we’re still figuring it out and working our way through that.
Likewise, I landed and my eldest daughter graduated from high school, and that was great, I just fell into that. We wanted to celebrate her and we had the transition of getting her to college, but it took my mind off of “wow, I’m back on Earth.”
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