Astronauts Relive Near-Death-In-Space Experiences

"I've never felt scared or afraid."

"In space, no one can hear you scream."

The famous tagline from one of the scariest sci-fi movies of all time -- 1979's "Alien" -- is also a phrase that could describe many terrifying, life-threatening incidents experienced by men and women who've left the safety of Earth and almost didn't make it back from space. 

And we sit down with an astronaut who nearly didn't make it back alive on this week's HuffPost Weird News podcast.

"I've never felt scared or afraid. I felt confident about all of the people who worked for me and the rocket and [those who were] inside the capsule with me. Even if there's an accident, I believe and trust that they do their best, so I cannot blame them," said Soyeon Yi, South Korea's first astronaut (pictured above), who experienced a harrowing re-entry to Earth after spending 10 days on the International Space Station in 2008.

Science Channel presents "Secret Space Escapes," revealing the ultimate example of how people in Mission Control and those high up in space remain as calm as possible, working together to avert certain death. 

The series, which premieres Nov. 10, recreates terrifying accidents, fights for survival and close calls, all narrated by the astronauts themselves who feel that the far-reaching benefits of space exploration outweigh the ever-present danger that follows them on their missions.


Yi and her two Soyuz TMA-11 colleagues were careening through the atmosphere when their capsule took a very steep trajectory, causing them to experience up to 20Gs -- or 20 times their individual body weight -- a dangerous, and, in this situation, life-threatening experience.

"You cannot raise your hands at all and it's even harder to breathe -- 3 Gs means it's exactly the same weight as yours, but like having three more people on top of you," Yi tells HuffPost in a riveting podcast.  And she experienced 20 Gs!

Yi recounts her violent close encounter with death as their Soyuz capsule plummeted to Earth -- putting them about 250 miles off their landing target until they were finally rescued.


Science Channel premieres "Secret Space Escapes" today at 10:00 p.m. Check your local listings for more details.