With an hour or two free, our friend went outside in a space-suit and sat on a nearby observation-deck, held in place by artificial gravity. Up came another engineer and asked, 'What're you doing out here?'.
‘Nothing much. Just watching the rockets take off, and looking at Earth, and thinking'.
'Thinking about what?'.
'Thinking about how amazing it all is: the station, the Earth, the space-program, the universe itself. Some grounders think astronauts look down on them. Not true. We’ve got nothing but respect for the worlds we look at, or come from, or where we go. A world seen from space is so beautiful, we have to feel kindly to its people’.