By Shawn Rice
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore saying that he saw fellow astronaut Ramirez outside the international space station even though Ramirez was sitting right next to him. However, the spooky quote from Wilmore originated with a satirical article. The meme containing a purported quote from Wilmore about an eery incident at the international space station frequently appears on social media.
Wilmore has had two spaceflights, the first of which was an 11-day Space Shuttle mission in November 2009, to the International Space Station. There were five other crew members launched with him on Space Shuttle Atlantis for the mission STS-129; Wilmore was designated as pilot. He most recently served as part of Expedition 41 to the International Space Station.
“You never know true beauty until you see Earth from space, or true terror until you hear someone knocking on the space station door from outside. You look through the porthole and see an astronaut, but all your crew is inside and accounted for. You use the comm to ask who it is and he says he’s Ramirez returning from a repair mission, but Ramirez is sitting right next to you in the command module and he’s just as confused as you are. When you tell the guy this over the radio he starts banging on the door louder and harder, begging you to let him in, saying he’s the real Ramirez. Meanwhile, the Ramirez inside with you is pleading to keep the airlock shut. It really puts life on Earth into perspective.”
However, this is not a real Wilmore quote, according to Snopes.
Here are some examples of people talking or sharing the above quote on social media.
A good story and a fake quote. Barry Wilmore never said it, and there’s been no astronaut named Ramirez.
— 一格 (@1gre) June 4, 2017
— King Dinosaur (@ScottMWest) May 17, 2017
The above quote originated in an article published by Clickhole, which is a spin-off of the well-known satire site The Onion. The piece contained a list of fake quotes from astronauts. The fictional quote from Charles Duke, for instance, explained that being in space felt like being a potato.
Imagine your body as a potato. Now, imagine no gravity acting on that potato, and bingo: That’s what space feels like.
However, none of these quotes are genuine. A disclaimer at the bottom of the site notes that content on Clickhole is satirical in nature.
ClickHole uses invented names in all of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental. ClickHole is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.
Not only is this Wilmore quote fake, but the astronaut also never flew to space with a man named Ramirez.
Prior to being selected as a NASA astronaut in July 2000, Wilmore was an experienced Navy test pilot. He also participated in Go to the full article.
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