ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – Maryland native Reid Wiseman has made it to the top—literally. ABC 7 News spoke with the astronaut Monday as he flew more than a million feet above, inside the International Space Station.
The pictures are breathtaking: flying through an aurora, a typhoon from above, monster sandstorms across Africa.
"We're one of six people right now living off of our planet, and I think we kind of have an obligation to share this experience, this is incredible place that we're getting the honor to live and work in,” Wiseman said. “It's something that people are really curious about … it's such a unique environment. It’s great to be able to share it, and I think photos—and especially the Vine videos—really help kind of bring it alive."
Wiseman’s first mission to space certainly took some getting used to.
“I usually like to sleep on my stomach when I’m down on Earth, and so the other night, I tried to put some bungee cords across the back of my body and just bungee cord myself to the wall, and it worked pretty well; I slept for a few hours,” Wiseman said.
Every 90 minutes is another lap complete, another chance to check on the home front.
“When I look down, especially on the Chesapeake Bay, I remember my childhood—eating Maryland Blue Crabs down Ocean City, going out fishing on the Chesapeake there,” Wiseman said. “It’s such a great place, that Virginia, D.C., Maryland area.”
New supplies will arrive at the ISS Tuesday, and comfort food always helps.
“My German crewmate, he has some special … there will be some German food on there that if he doesn’t share, I’m gonna make sure I get some anyway; when he’s not looking, I’ll sneak a few cans for myself,” Wiseman said.
The Maryland astronaut told ABC 7 News what surprised him most about his first trip to space was that despite two years of training and expectations, losing gravity was still the hardest part. Massive confusion and disorientation made it extremely difficult at first, but now Wiseman is able to push 300-pound objects around with the tip of his finger. That, he says, is pretty cool.