"I’m old enough to remember the Apollo missions, and wanted very badly to be an astronaut when I was growing up. I’ve met a couple, am distantly related to one, and was actually a couple feet away from Buzz Aldrin once.
As a person with claustrophobia, the fact that the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts spent so much time in such cramped quarters is at once fascinating and terrifying to me.
I can be perfectly okay in something like a car, or an elevator, or some other confined space…so long as I can easily get out. The idea of being in a capsule the size of a VW for a few days with nothing outside but certain death?
Nope. Nope. Nope. Gemini 7?
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have some nightmares now."