Thursday, June 12, 2008

Surviving the vacuum of space.

From the website:
Congrats! You could survive for 1 minute 17 seconds !

In the first 30 seconds any fluid on the surface of your body would begin to boil due to lack of ambient pressure, this includes the saliva on your tongue and the moisture in your eyes. Your eardrums would most likely burst due to the pressure in your body trying to equalize with the vacuum outside. Unlike what some science fiction films have suggested, your body would not explode.

After the first 15 seconds you would lose consciousness. If you held your breath you could potentially stay alive longer but you risk pulmonary trauma. If you didn't hold your breath you'd pass out sooner, but your lungs might have a better chance of avoiding permanent damage.

The pressure in your veins would rise until your heart no longer had the capacity to pump blood, at which point you'd die.


Mental note, avoid the vacuum of space. Who could ever forget the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when Dave Bowman has to jump across space without a space helmet in vacuum from the pod to the airlock because that darn HAL wouldn't let him in. Always remember your equipment!

(Image and the details on surviving the vacuum of space without a space suit discussed by experts at aerospaceweb)

1 comment:

Richard said...

Lo and behold on UHD tonight was 2001: A Space Odessey and I caught it right at the scene mentioned above where Dave Bowman is stuck outside the spaceship without his helmet. "Open the pod bay doors Hal" is what he says.

That is synchronicity.