I think it quite clearly means he was looking at the day side of our planet, lit by the Sun. If you look away from that into space, you will most
definitely see nothing but blackness, as your eyes won't have enough time to become dark-adapted to see stars.
The human eye will adjust very quickly, not more than 4 or 5 seconds to be able to go from being blinded by a bright light to being able to see stars.
I've tried it, you can too. If your pupils don't react quickly, then you have a problem, that's why doctors use a flashlight to check your
response. If my old eyes can react within 5 seconds, I'm sure Chris Hadfields will. And he has much better eyesight too.
Even when the space walkers are on the night side of Earth, they have helmet lights and external ISS lights on, so that they could carry on working.
Only when all lights are turned off can an astronaut see stars.
Nonsense, the helmet lights point away from them, the lights on the Canadarm or on the space station point to the work location. Any astronaut turning
his back on the Earth and the ISS and looking into deep space should be able to see the Moon, planets and stars. None of them mention it. The only
references to stars being seen are when looking through the Earth facing window, and the stars are visible in that band of atmosphere surrounding the
Here's a list of all EVA missions. Find any of them that talk about what deep space looks like. I got about half way through the list and gave up.
Chris Hadfield is the only one who has stated clearly that it is black out there, but nobody will believe him, just shows how dumbed down the masses
List of spacewalks and moonwalks 1965–1999
List of spacewalks since 2000
I've had enough of going round in circles with you guys though. I'll believe what Chris Hadfield says until someone comes up with a statement that
contradicts him, and any images with the Earth in view don't count, they must be taken looking AWAY from Earth. I'll consider a video of the Moon,
an image of the Sun through a Neutral density filter, or a photo of a planetary conjunction, as long as they can be shown to be looking away from
Earth. Till then, I'm not going to keep repeating myself. Good, I hear some of you say!
Explain then, how does the Hubble Space Telescope System work?.
Only the Military have the technology to make Hubble work. The ESA and NASA are the only organisations with visible light space based telescopes, and
that science is still classified as the ICBMs use it. Goddard is releasing SOME of the technology, through the "Can you see it now" program, but
they will be selective about who they allow to license it.
Hubble is not a regular telescope, and anyone who tries to put a regular telescope in space will see nothing, that's why nobody does it. The only
device that uses more or less regular optics is the HIRISE camera orbiting Mars, and that is because mars has sufficient atmoshere to create the light
that such a camera needs. Try putting the HIRISE camera in a Lunar orbit, I doubt it will see much at all. Why do you think there is no stereo, hi-res
camera sending back images from Lunar orbit? All the devices that do send images back are using IR and UV spectrographic imagers, not regular cameras.