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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.”

I've read this again and again on a variety of websites.

Basically, an astronaut (sometimes named Barry) claims that another astronaut named Ramirez bangs on the door demanding entry, even though Ramirez is actually inside the station.

Is this a true story? Is the astronaut just joking? Or is the whole quote just a joke?

I saw one source here:

http://www.clickhole.com/post/incredible-we-asked-these-astronauts-what-its-be-s-2186

Barry Wilmore

“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.”

There is no way to know if Barry Wilmore is a real astronaut telling that exact thing or if the whole thing is true.

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    Please fix your title and "various sites" is not generally a recognized notable claim. Also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronauts_by_year_of_selection does not seem to contain the name Ramirez. – user36688 Feb 17 '17 at 19:53
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    This whole thing is a joke. That quote is originally from The Clickhole which is the Onion's buzzfeed-style listicle site. Clickhole, like the Onion itself, is satirical and fake. – iamnotmaynard Feb 17 '17 at 19:57
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    The original is the first search result: duckduckgo.com/… (a Google search would have gotten you the same results). – iamnotmaynard Feb 17 '17 at 19:59
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    Sounds like a short story by Philip K Dick called "Colony"... – ventsyv Feb 17 '17 at 20:39
  • Okay, I realized it's satirical when I saw the rest of the ClickHole. But seriously. It's not obviously satirical you know – user4951 Feb 18 '17 at 12:30
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No.

That quote is from a satirical website, The Clickhole. The reason you hear it "again and again" is because listicle/social media websites steal content from each other all the time.

It's a fake quote. Barry Wilmore never said it, and there's been no astronaut named Ramirez (active, management, or former) to beg him to not open the hatch. Additionally, the ISS doesn't have "doors," it has airlocks, which would make it rather difficult for the situation to play out as described anyway.

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