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Video of the Day: The Life of an (Animated) Astronaut

In 1966, Colonel Jerry Carr was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA to train for human spaceflight — and this is his story. In the TedEd lesson animated by Sharon Graham, Jerry looks back at his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, during which he spent over 2,000 hours in space, orbiting the Earth over 1,000 times.

The commander of the final Skylab space station mission discusses sleeping on the floor of Lunar module number six, the desert, water, and jungle survival training of his early days, and watching Apollo 12 get struck by lightning.

Watch this animated short of Jerry Carr's illustrious space sailing career, then take a quiz about the life of astronauts and learn even more NASA trivia at TedEd.

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