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February 10, 2015
“YOU’VE JUST BEEN TO THE SUN.”

— “Yep.”

“What was that like?”

— “The Sun itself, or the trip?”

“Either. Both.”

— “The trip was long. Fourteen days got me to within a million miles, and I camped there overnight to acclimate. I spent the next week crawling in to touch the photosphere. It was insanely loud.”

“You got a nosebleed, you were saying.”

— “Yep.”

“Had that surprised you?”

— “No. Something had to give and that was it. I was fine with it. This was my second nosebleed, actually. I once got pegged in the face with a dodgeball.”

“Really?”

— “Lead dodgeball: We played rough."