• Question: what happens in a vacume?

    Asked by Padfoot to Anne, Beth, COLFlight, Jon, Tom on 7 Oct 2015.
    • Photo: Columbus Flight Directors

      Columbus Flight Directors answered on 7 Oct 2015:

      Hi Padfoot!

      Did you mean what would happen to a human if he was in vacuum?
      If so, this is a very interesting question, because reality is that you won’t explode nor immediately freeze nor die like shown in many movies.

      As a matter of fact, you would obviously lose all the oxygen in your lungs so you would not be able to breath. This means that you would lose conciousness in few seconds, but if someone was there to get you very quickly back inside the spacecraft, you would probably survive without any permanent damage to your body.

      Amazing uh?

    • Photo: Tom Morse

      Tom Morse answered on 7 Oct 2015:

      Hi Padfoot and Sergio,

      Wouldn’t liquids start to boil in a vacuum?


    • Photo: Beth Healey

      Beth Healey answered on 8 Oct 2015:

      There also wouldn’t be any sound, so no One Direction (even if they already have their spacesuits)!!

    • Photo: Anne Visscher

      Anne Visscher answered on 9 Oct 2015:

      Hi Padfoot,

      In a vacuum, seeds will lose a lot of molecules like water and carbon-based compounds such as oils, so they will become ultra-dry.