MINOT, N.D. — “What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” said the nonagenarian who had just been rocketed into space.
“I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this,” he said, visibly awed as news cameras caught his reaction immediately after stepping out of the capsule he landed in. “I hope that I can maintain what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life; it hasn’t got anything to do with the little green and blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death. Oh my god, it’s unbelievable.”