NASA astronaut Victor Glover spoke with Hollywood actor Tom Cruise to prepare him for what a time aboard the International Space Station is really like.
Glover, who flew on the first operational crewed mission to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in November 2020, gave Cruise several pointers on what to expect. Cruise teamed up with SpaceX in 2020 to film what could soon become one of the first action films shot in space.
During an interview for NASA’s “The Body in Space” podcast — originally recorded in November, but released on Friday — Glover didn’t mince words.
“It’s when you get to the space station that you notice the strongest smell, because you kind of get saturated and you get used to it afterwards, but it was an interesting combination,” Glover told Cruise. after he asks him about the experience of living aboard the orbiting space lab.
“And again, it’s also local,” he continued. “When you enter the module where the weight machines are, that’s also where the toilets are. So this is the most smelly module. »
“That one smells like a locker room,” he added, also comparing the general smell of the station to that of a hospital.
The Rocket Man
Glover also recalled what it was like to board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
“It’s such a capable liquid rocket,” he said. “She’s slick, but she really jumped off the platform. And we got to the 100 kilometer point, and we were all smiles. It was really amazing”.
He also warned Cruise that spacewalks are no picnic.
“You move around in a suit that can weigh, with your body, up to a thousand pounds, and you very rarely use your legs,” he told the actor. “It’s like running two marathons but on your hands the whole time.”
Although Glover’s return to Earth went smoothly, he remembered a familiar feeling.
“However, that’s when I’m now back to 1g, I feel my 90kg, and that’s when I noticed I had to pee,” he said. he told Cruise. “I could also feel the weight of my bladder for the first time, and that was a really interesting feeling.”