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Here's What It Looks Like When You Cry In Space

Blobs, not drops, of tears.

Posted on April 8, 2013, at 11:21 a.m. ET

So let's say you're in space, like astronaut Chris Hadfield here. You're having a nice time, ruminating on the nature of space, time, and existence:

Then, out of the corner of your eye, through the portal window, you notice something:

Everything you've ever known is gone. Everyone you've ever known is dead. You can't go home, and you know that that International Space Station will become your tomb. You are upset about this:

So you start to cry. But something strange happens. The tears don't fall, or float away. They just... stick together:

It's cool! Almost cool enough to distract you from the fact that you and your shipmates may be the only living mammals left in the solar system:

"Hmm," you say aloud to yourself, through a choking sob. "This would make a great YouTube video."

And you're right! It would:

View this video on YouTube

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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