Simonyi said he never felt claustrophobic on the space station or in the Russian ships to or from the station.
"I find the spacecraft very comfortable, very cozy," he said.
Nothing about the experience was scary, he said, even though he doesn't consider himself much of a daredevil. He is a pilot, flying both jets and helicopters.
He compared the experience of dropping back to earth in the Russian space capsule to snow skiing, from the s-turns the capsule makes as it falls through the atmosphere to the whooshing sound it makes as the air and heat blast off the surface.
Conversely, the idea of riding in a submarine miles beneath the surface of the ocean — like James Cameron did recently — that gives him the willies. "That takes guts," he said.
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