Things I bet you didn’t know: “You can’t cry in space”

The Atlantic:

Astronauts can, certainly, tear up — they’re human, after all. But in zero gravity, the tears themselves can’t flow downward in the way they do on Earth. The moisture generated has nowhere to go. Tears, astronaut Andrew Feustel put it, “don’t fall off of your eye … they kind of stay there.” NASA spacewalk officer Allison Bollinger, who oversaw Feustel’s EVA, confirmed this assessment. “They actually kind of conglomerate around your eyeball,” she said.

In other words, yep: There’s no crying in space.

Even worse? According to the article, “space tears” actually can hurt.



  • marv08

    Since “The Atlantic” is now featuring content of pseudo-religious organizations that measure the brain activity of tomatoes, L. Ron Hoover, Central Scrutinizer and all… this paper is not having any more credit. Fuck them.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      Yeah…that’s got nothing to do with the linked story…..

      • marv08

        It’s an interesting story, and I totally see why you linked to it. And sorry for being off-topic.

        But I just cancelled my subscription today out of sheer disgust with that paper. Somebody dealing with lunatic fascists (The Atlantic, not you of course) should not deal with science.

  • http://jamesmitchell.co.uk James

    Other things I bet you didn’t know: you can’t hum and hold your nose at the same time, and that works here on Earth too.

  • lucascott

    So instead of crying you end up with the worst case of eyesnot ever. Fun

  • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    Who knew that space was just like baseball?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPqYnC-SW5w