Space Woman Returns!

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Space, the final frontier: and if all goes to plan, the place of your next family vacation. Sound ridiculous? Think again. Affordable space tourism is on the horizon, and as a result. scientists are beginning to explore how the ‘average Joe’ with health problems will handle the experience. And so began the story of A.J. hall several weeks ago, who was selected to participate in a study exploring that question.

”Me? From eastern Kentucky? I’m going to do something that has to do with space,” Hall said when we first spoke on July, 22.

Well, she's back and i had the pleasure of speaking with her about her adventure.

“I feel wonderful right now, but it took me awhile to get back to this feeling,” she said.

Here was A.J. about a week ago. She was placed in a centrifuge...which simulated the physical stresses of a rocket launch by rapidly spinning in circles.

“If I had wanted to get a burp bag, i wouldn't have been able to do it because I couldn't…I couldn't move,” she said.

For those who think this decision was risky for an older woman with health problems, she says she was well taken care of.

“And to know that i had 3 medical doctors on site with me, I felt very safe,” she said.

With the experience now behind her, A.J. says the memory is just one of many she will treasure. She lives her life by a simple mantra, one she adopted from an author she admired growing up.

“You should do something every month where you're frightened...go ahead and do it because it's good for your character, and so for years I've lived by that theory,” she said.

Thus ends this chapter in the life of A.J. hall - explorer, philosopher, eastern Kentuckian.

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