The former NASA astronaut commanding the first civilian crew of the International Space Station feels good with so-called space tourists, because they cope better with weightlessness than he !!!
Michael Lopez-Alegria, the astronaut decorated with 2 NASA records for spacewalks, joined us on “TMZ Live” on Friday to tell us how he and his 3 crew members managed their first training flight in zero gravity .
It’s pretty funny … Michael says he felt the worst, while philanthropists and entrepreneurs had a blast doing somersaults and backflips while in zero gravity.
Larry Connor, Marc Pathy and Eytan Stibbe are the 3 men who gave up $ 55 million each to strike their tickets to the ISS and, so far, are their commander’s pride.
Axiom’s Ax-1 mission – the first private mission to the ISS – takes off in January with Michael in command. He admits that he will have a “tough needle to thread” during the 10-day mission with the newbies in space … since he’s their commander, but also … kind of guide them in orbit.
It’s a new challenge, of course… even for a guy who’s logged more spacewalks than anyone in history.
You can watch the full interview Friday on “TMZ Live” (check local listings).
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