‘It Felt Like a Funeral’ — William Shatner on his feelings when he was on that Blue OrIgin space flight:

[…B]eauty isn’t out there, it’s down here, with all of us. Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet even more profound.

It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness.