Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 15:11:14 -0800

Author: Russell Lawrence

Subject: Re: Lear Jet crash



Just for the record, it seems to be a recurring question with students that
I do a poor job of answering... The question is:

If you were suddenly placed in space, what would happen exactly to you?
Would you freeze first, or explode? Or would just parts of you explode?
Or would nothing explode? Would your eyeballs pop out (as in the movie
Total Recall)? How long would it take your body to freeze if placed in 4K?
How long could you remain conscious?

I usually say that I think you would freeze and expand. Is that right?

Could Dave Bowman have survived?

And while I'm at it, what movie has the most believable or accurate
depiction of death due to lack of exposure to an atmosphere?

Understandably curious,

russ lawrence

"You can't solve a problem with the samekind of thinking that created it."

At 04:51 PM 11/4/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Ya know, you can be arrested in some places for saying something like
that. ;)
>How are military aircraft pressurized? I understand that comercial aircraft
>pressurize at about 8000 ft. If you're flying at 40k ft, what's the pressure
>inside the plane? Isn't there also some kind of flight suit which holds the
>pressure around your body? Don't you have oxygen flowing through the mask
>you get above about 10k ft?
>Bummer about that coffee maker boiling over. We pay $50,000 each for those
>darn things. They're suppose to be able to take a direct hit and continue to
>work. Why you would want coffee in this situation is beyond me. Those
>lovers are just fanatic about their brew, huh?
>>I have a very strong diaphram. The chafing from the rapid freeze drying
>>of the various bodily orifices were no picnic though. The worst problem
>>was a bad headache right behind my eyes which had bulged out quite
>>David Bowman
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