Updated: December 26, 2018 12:35:00 pm
After spending extended periods of time in Space, simple tasks like walking could become extremely difficult. Astronaut A.J. (Drew) Feustel, who returned to Earth after spending 197 days aboard the International Space Station, shared a video of him struggling to adapt to Earth’s gravity.
Recorded on October 5, the video features a visibly fragile Feustel struggling to walk even for a short distance.
Feustel tweeted, “Welcome home #SoyuzMS09 ! On October 5th this is what I looked like walking heel-toe eyes closed after 197 days on @Space_Station during the Field Test experiment…I hope the newly returned crew feels a lot better. Video credit @IndiraFeustel.”
Welcome home #SoyuzMS09 ! On October 5th this is what I looked like walking heel-toe eyes closed after 197 days on @Space_Station during the Field Test experiment…I hope the newly returned crew feels a lot better. Video credit @IndiraFeustel pic.twitter.com/KsFuJgoYXh
— A.J. (Drew) Feustel (@Astro_Feustel) December 20, 2018
According to NASA, Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel and Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold completed the sixth spacewalk at the International Space Station this year. The video, that went viral, created quite a buzz on social media with many wishing the astronaut a speedy recovery.
Congratulations! I hope you made a speedy recovery.
— Matt (@golden_shogun) December 21, 2018
Thank you Mr Feustel for your sharing. We don’t know how difficult it is. But you achived it, good job!
— Clemens (@metanoya_) December 21, 2018
Thank you for sharing Drew’s recovery efforts. It makes me all the more grateful for his service and contributions to science and space travel. Keep up the good work!
— Don Kerber (@Kerber1) December 21, 2018
Wow! That’s remarkable thanks.
— seaelem (@seaelem1) December 22, 2018
Fascinating. This is a tough test – you look pretty good here, Drew!
— spasmunkey (@spasmunkey) December 21, 2018