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What I learned from going blind in space | Chris Hadfield

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There's an astronaut saying: In space, "there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse." So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web. Watch for a special space-y performance. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Kristian Mandrup (6 hours ago)
"Space" is FAKE 😁 Astro-nots never leave low Earth orbit if they even leave the surface of the Earth. "Space is a studio in a Hollywood basement" 😂
Grapefruit Attacks (7 hours ago)
Ok, walk into spider webs in America, but don't fucking walk into a spider web in Australia, I swear to god.
Asma Karimah (7 hours ago)
Wow very inspiring👍🏻
Leader LT (15 hours ago)
Can he see now?
Tojo Jr (16 hours ago)
The most interesting man talks about space and then rocks out to David Bowie like how tf in this man real
Jhoanna Peterson (22 hours ago)
Loving these ted talks
Mihali’s B (1 day ago)
When will they do space trips?
Praque Forqsk (1 day ago)
Who is he? Not worth the risk. Your life is more precious than pointless adventure.
Inara (1 day ago)
Well yunno, When you drop something, just say: it's gravitys fault. It pulled it towards the ground.
Hualiba (1 day ago)
My fav song is being played by chris himself OMG
zoom truth (1 day ago)
v_xi20 20 (2 days ago)
All the dislikes are spiders
Roxanne Kulynych (2 days ago)
this is the coolest story with the coolest ending
Alex (2 days ago)
why am I crying?..
Mandy Andree (2 days ago)
He looks so young somehow 🤔 like his mustache is older than he is
Nathan Trieu (2 days ago)
This dude encourages the destruction of spiders food source and home.
Pupperdoodle (2 days ago)
this is major tom to ground control
Manas Chakraborty (3 days ago)
God has given him a brain for God's own work....He is razor sharp, we are not....
1:08 when your try to be funny but no one laughes
Jesse Dennis (3 days ago)
Such powerful words. And ones I needed to hear. Thank you for the video. Well done.
Skylar Mendes (4 days ago)
12:34 Now we use Johnson's no more tears* 😂
They should have one of those huge parachutes for airplanes
「凛凛〜」 (4 days ago)
The entire world comes together to support space travel. Even though there are disputes between countries, wars, and political issues, the entire world comes together to make space travel and space exploration a true reality, and that’s what makes space the most beautiful thing that could ever exist.
Dion St. Michael (4 days ago)
Seeing so many nations involved in the recovery is really cool. Seeing all those folks wearing their respective flags working together. That’s the best part of space exploration. All of us working together for the good of mankind.
Yeet. Jr (4 days ago)
Dion St. Michael (4 days ago)
Despite my fears I swore I’d never hurt another living animal again. Not even spiders. And they scare the crap outta me. Lol. Just don’t have it in me no more to hold judgement over any living being that’s not trying to actively hurt me. Humans are way too arrogant in some ways.
Roger alpha (5 days ago)
mr spider. why was it funny to bite me? 10:26 is it still funny? mr spider?
Onceuponamid Numinos (5 days ago)
I was once bit by a brown recluse. My entire arm was swollen for a week. While I was on antibiotics. It was terrifying.
Ashley Amaya (5 days ago)
I usually find ted talks boring but this is was so interesting
This 18 minutes went so fast.... Time flies when u r excited
sour baileyS (5 days ago)
One of the coolest people ever. What a great speech. He gave a speech at my high school when I was in grade 10. Man how I wish I wasn’t baked that day, would have remember it better.
James Holloway (5 days ago)
Your achievements inspire me.
Soft Egg (6 days ago)
This guy’s the best man
Shiva's Chimera (6 days ago)
There are so many skillset's to build on this silly ball that one could be occupied for a lifetime....in adoration.
Anubis (6 days ago)
This guy loves his analogies, my god.
Jays adventures (6 days ago)
U lie. Space fake.
Egg Breakerz III (7 days ago)
I am super inspired by this guy. Why do I get the feeling like he's my own father?
rent a shill (6 days ago)
because you miss father figure in your life.
Rolando Leyva (7 days ago)
Don’t walk into spider webs, you know how hard those poor creatures work on them
isaac schmidt (7 days ago)
Reminds me of a liberal version of Ron Swanson
Riot Jayne (7 days ago)
Yeah maybe don't walk through spider-webs if you live anywhere else. In Australia I feel like that might lead to an early death fairly quickly.
In The Hole (8 days ago)
I think I just found someone to look up to...
Bigcat TV (8 days ago)
He starts talking about going blind at 7:52
Mary M (1 day ago)
Bigcat TV Thanks!
BLUBLUD (8 days ago)
Complete Horseshit
Jen (8 days ago)
i dont care about black widows because they don’t care about me
Gunguy (9 days ago)
I'm glad there are people like Chris that do the stuff they do. Especially dangerous stuff like exploring space.
Sk Rohan (9 days ago)
Can anyone say the name of the song?
LaR E. (9 days ago)
Really inspirational! Lost me when he attempted Bowie.. Stick to your day job! ASTRONAUT!
Chris Christ (10 days ago)
I live near the edge of the world, & one day when it was raining as a kid I took out my sailboat named SS Apollo to play with it in the stream near my house. It was so awesome watching it float around by itself. My parents always warned me about keeping away from the edge which I always replied "yeah, yeah I know". This day was different though the rain flooded the leaves as light spoke through the canopy. SS Apollo was going faster than ever breaking through muddy leaves, and beaver dams alike. Little did I realize I was so close to the edge. Next thing you know I fall over the edge. If it wasnt for Batman jumping to save me I would be still falling to this day. Here is my story. #FlatEarth4Lyfe
Shubham Jakhmola (10 days ago)
why aren't nasa clips recorded in full hd?
Ariana MacLaird (11 days ago)
This guy has some great one liners and not everyone is laughing. I hear you, sir!
WaffleLappen (11 days ago)
Confidently walks through spider web. Fucking dies.
Mars Bars (11 days ago)
Got an ad about him Nice..
Jessica Ågren (12 days ago)
Ok but just the thought of walking into a spider web gives me the shivers and makes me wanna cry. Imma just be afraid, thanks.
Hayden Matalucci (12 days ago)
Weird flex but I get it
circuswannabe (13 days ago)
If you get sad in space do you have do drink your tears? Where do you pee?
Onceuponamid Numinos (5 days ago)
NASA'S YouTube has videos about those things
Luli Cortes (13 days ago)
Best ted talk i've ever heard
M A (14 days ago)
Johnson's stock rises 1000000% after the speech
Spiritual Anarchist (14 days ago)
So many dislikes..Let me guess..Flatearthers ?
mayaa (15 days ago)
He did this all like it was nothing. I can’t even talk to people...
Torey Weaver (15 days ago)
What an amazing guy. The way he described his experiences almost let's you experience it
Klabbidoo (15 days ago)
The thumbnail first had me go "I didn't know John Cleese went to space". Then I felt like an idiot.
India mere jan (15 days ago)
Congratulations. Very strong minded personality. 👍👍. Cheers!
MarxX MarX (15 days ago)
The most beautiful story i’ve ever heard!
concerned citizen (16 days ago)
Chris. You’re a liar, and a sellout. Jesus is the ONLY way out. I pray for you. 🐟
Alex Siemers (16 days ago)
And you are a master of hypocrisy
Boba Fett (17 days ago)
I love this guy ♡
Daniela Aguirre (17 days ago)
Great life lesson
John Thangminlun (18 days ago)
LOL I got a Curiosity AD with Col Chris Hadfield (the speaker in this talk) on it!!!!
faruk ahammed (19 days ago)
Hero in the Ted Talks
Ned Daley (19 days ago)
He got to play his star man
cosmo_rebeljdal97 (19 days ago)
Wow a Ted talk that actually interested me.
Simo wood (19 days ago)
Thank you
Esther Dyer (19 days ago)
Maybe it's because I'm blowed but his mustache is literally like a cm or 2 away from his upper lip and I can not stop staring at it. I love the video btw
Darth Inhilus (20 days ago)
You get so bored afterwards. Like if you've done it all, and there is nothing else interesting to try.
rocko44444444 (20 days ago)
Chris should save the humankind.
OddCatalyst (20 days ago)
I just killed a brown recluse spider yesterday with a deodorant bottle... ._. *so what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?*
aye (20 days ago)
this is the best ted iv seen so far
Vaibhav Singhai (20 days ago)
Ted talks ending with someone playing guitar are the best 💃
TacoTime Gaming (20 days ago)
Someone: “OMG I JSUT WALKED INTO A SPIDERWEB” Chris hadfield: “ *hold my beer* “
Cok3 Mcd (20 days ago)
This clip should be shown to every child in every school on a weekly loop for inpiration and clarity.
russianinc1 (21 days ago)
Symul 8 (21 days ago)
Chris Hadfield is inspirational and the best role model I could have.
YAH-OVA IS-REAL (21 days ago)
He can't even fly a ✈ plane!!!he's an actor for NASA.strikes me as a little fruity in the booty.his cockpit is a headed straight for uranus!!!the devil is a liar!
YAH-OVA IS-REAL (8 days ago)
+Exuberance Studios you white devil's are finished.your losing everything, especially your women.
Exuberance Studios (8 days ago)
Řôběřť ť hello, legend.
Řôběřť ť (21 days ago)
I really feel bad for you Is it hard to be so retarded?
SonOfThaSoil _ (21 days ago)
Dislikes are from spiders. 🕷🕸
Matthew beadle (21 days ago)
What a farce. Fucking liar. Should be in prison.
Vapey McVape (22 days ago)
What is the point of this? Seems like a shameless excuse to brag about having gone to space.
codedecode (22 days ago)
Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur "The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived."
steve borley (22 days ago)
hes never been to space its all lies NASA stands for Never Actualy Sent Anyone
Daniel Doolan (23 days ago)
Lol didn’t know Hitler went to space
TARGETin1080P (23 days ago)
From this day forward ill never complain again.....
GazaBoi (23 days ago)
I live in Australia. Look up how many deadly spiders there are here or how many spiders that would hurt
M Berthelo (25 days ago)
1.3K people hate space
Alex Siemers (24 days ago)
Even worse, they deny its existence altogether.
Nikο 724 (25 days ago)
Yea don’t go walking into spider webs in Australia are u probably will die.
Therese Fleming (25 days ago)
Chris Hadfield is an amazing guy!
MsStarcluster (26 days ago)
Amazing!!! Thank you for your courage!!!
Lina Gregoire (26 days ago)
It's so amazing to see the progress we are making in technology, and even knowledge
AmberChin Reid (26 days ago)
Chris skyped my school from space when i was 11 lol
I see Chris Hadfield. Before even watching the video I like it. This man is surprisingly amazing.
Adrian Wulff (27 days ago)
Please somebody think of the spiders! How will they get food 🥘
DHARMYOG_COM (27 days ago)
its a risky career for sure. getting safer and safer. soon we will all be travelling to mars for yearly vacation. I am not going btw.
Steve Mazza (27 days ago)
Hmm, I wonder if singing in public was one of his fears? That would make the Ted crowd, and us, the spiderwebs that he walked through to gain new confidence. Meta...!

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