In Space, No One Can Hear You Cry

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Actually, according to this Atlantic blog post, in space, you can’t really cry at all.

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, Feustel put it, “don’t fall off of your eye … they kind of stay there.”

Read the whole thing for weird revelations about how the human body fares away from Earth, as well as plenty of crying-astronaut puns.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →