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Listen: Former NASA astronaut says Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk are key to our future in space

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN: Members of an international space crew, Russian cosmonauts Salizhan Sharipov (C), Yuri Shargin (L) and US astronaut Leroy Chiao (R), give a prelaunch press conference 13 October 2004 at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew will blast off 14 October 2004 aboard a Soyuz-TMA-5 spacecraft bound for the orbiting international space station (ISS) for a six-month mission to conduct a series of scientific experiments. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s it like to leave Earth and realize that from now on, your home planet won’t be the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Leroy Chiao, former International Space Station commander and NASA astronaut, can tell you exactly what’s that like.

On today’s show, Glenn wondered if Chiao could compare a spacewalk to anything that everyday people could comprehend.

“Even the sixth time, it’s a bit of a surreal experience,” Chiao said of walking out into space.

What’s in store for the future of U.S. space exploration? Chiao detailed some of NASA’s projects but also pointed to the private sector, calling Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos “visionaries” who will propel the next phase of our ventures into space.

“It’s Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, SpaceX and Blue Origin,” Chiao said. “Here are two guys who are visionaries and who are willing to commit their resources, their personal and influential resources, to go ahead and do exploration. That’s never been done before by commercial companies.”

To see more from Glenn, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” with Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere weekdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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