• Question: Is there a chance that Tim Peake could be sucked into a black hole in space? And if so, what would happen to him?

    Asked by Swetha Kalaimani to Anne, Beth, COLFlight, Jon on 15 Oct 2015. This question was also asked by 595trn32, Barry_Mubarack.
    • Photo: Beth Healey

      Beth Healey answered on 15 Oct 2015:

      Hi Swetha Kalaimani,

      Fortunately there are no black holes near the ISS so in this regard Tim is safe!

      If he was to be sucked into a black hole unfortunately I don’t think he would last very long….

    • Photo: Columbus Flight Directors

      Columbus Flight Directors answered on 15 Oct 2015:

      Simon: Swetha! Beth said it! Of course the really fascinating thing about black holes is although we imagine that anything that crosses the event horizon will be ripped apart by the high gravitational forces, because no light (and therefore no information) escapes the event horizon of a black hole, we dont actually know for sure what happens beyond it!