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24 November 2014 / erikduval

Erik in space…

I’ve always been fascinated by space. Like so many boys (I think it’s a Boys Thing?), I collected articles about space missions from the newspaper and took television based courses on astronomy. Today, I’m amazed that we can receive twitter messages from space. If I ever meet an astronaut, my heart will probably stop beating. Space people are people from the future. Compared with them, I feel like a person from prehistory.

Chriet Titulaer (1984)

Chriet Titulaer, who presented space programs on Dutch television. Also rumoured to be the only person whose head you can turn upside down without noticing the difference…

So, today it struck me that my current situation, locked in an isolation room for three or four weeks, is probably the closest I will ever get to the experience of traveling in space in a capsule. Every time a nurse enters my room, through a lock, I now imagine that I’m in my space station, receiving a visit from newly arrived astronauts. As I work away in my room (I do), I fantasise that I am doing Important Scientific Space Work. I do silly very-old-people-physiotherapy exercises, but imagine that I have to stay in shape as I’m floating around in zero gravity. When I feel a bit nauseous, I remember that astronauts often feel that way. And when I go to sleep, I imagine that I am circling the planet in my little capsule. “This is major Tom to Ground Control…

Hey, it helps me turn my hospital stay into something more fun and it doesn’t hurt anyone, right? BTW, you know what also makes my stay more fun? Cards like the one below (thx, Ilke!):

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  1. r3becca / Nov 24 2014 9:11 pm

    Space on earth
    Good luck with it. Sending positive thoughts from the UK.

    • erikduval / Nov 25 2014 9:21 am

      Wow – they stayed isolated for a year and a half! I’m an amateur…

  2. rosetta / Nov 24 2014 9:24 pm

    it is not a boys thing!

    • erikduval / Nov 25 2014 9:23 am

      My own sister needs to remind me that it is not a boys thing. Ouch. Hangs head in shame. But I don’t recall any girls cutting articles out of newspapers when I was 12. Then again, I hardly knew any girls when I was 12. Except my sister…

  3. xaoch / Nov 24 2014 11:40 pm

    Your are not space-worthy unless you have a mission patch:

    Ad Salus Per Astra

    Godspeed my friend!

    • erikduval / Nov 25 2014 9:24 am

      Thanks, Xavier: awesome!

  4. rosetta / Nov 25 2014 12:56 am

    BTW, it is not a boys thing!

    • saschel / Nov 25 2014 11:33 pm

      Check. Not a boys thing here either

  5. erikduval / Nov 25 2014 10:46 am

    BTW, I should learn to think before I write. I can hardly believe it myself, butI have actually met an astronaut: Frank De Winne (, who is an incredibly charming guy we can always rely on to share his enthusiasm for engineering with our 1st year students – and the rest of the world…

  6. Rebecca / Nov 25 2014 5:24 pm

    Love the space visualization … I too was amazed at the whole idea of astronaught’s tweeting from space … if you haven’t read Chris Hatfield’s book – An Astronaught’s guide to life on earth – I highly recommend it … it was the first thing I read after being diagnosed …

  7. erikduval / Nov 25 2014 6:57 pm

    Thanks Rebecca for the recommendation – coming from a cancer warrior makes it all the more valuable. I didn’t know about the book. Can’t wait to read it!


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