Meet Ed White.
Ed was born in 1930, and was the first American to walk in space. That’s him in the image above, on June 3, 1965.
Ed left the cramped quarters of the Gemini 4 mission capsule and floated on a tether for 23 glorious minutes while they flew over the Pacific Ocean. He went back inside, reluctantly, when they were over the Gulf of Mexico.
He didn’t want it to end.
How can a person go from performing what should be a terrifying act — one that seems impossible — to enjoying it so much he has to be cajoled into stopping?