Using a finger to plug a leak on the international space station

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by HAL9000, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage

    Astronauts repair hole in wall of International Space Station | CBC News

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  2. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    :DOh! Just like that utterly fictional boy who sorted everything out by putting his finger in the dyke.
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  3. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Well, there's no real danger in "touching space" really. It's been blown out of proportion by the films we watch.

    Someone did the science on what would really happen if you went into space without a suit, and contrary to popular belief, you wouldn't explode/implode. You'd just have all the air expelled out of your lungs rather quickly, then suffocate.

    A micrometre hole plugged by a finger is fuck all risk.
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  4. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Here you go: What Would Happen To Your Body In Space Without A Spacesuit?

    Not sure the original source, but that sounds about what I read before.

  5. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    Spoilsport! Why let the facts get in the way of a good story? :p
  6. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert


    Brave Sir Fingernaut should defo be knighted for his heroics. His one small micrometre for man is one giant mile for mankind!!!

    Better? :thumbs:
  7. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    Boldly rode Sir Fingernaut forth from Camelot. He was not in the least afraid ...

    (and so on)
  8. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    I'm surprised that you could last as long as two minutes:

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  9. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Ah, this site says less than one minute

  10. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Here's a better explanation of what happened:

  11. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage

    The instantaneous effects on a human when exposed to near-vacuum conditions

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  12. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage


    That Leak on The ISS Was Made by a Person.

    That Leak on The ISS Was Made by a Person. Here's What We Know So Far

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  13. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    It does seem like a very plausible explanation and if someone can make a hole in the space station and not own up to their mistake so that it can be fixed, I feel a lot less surprised about people not owning up to other work stuff that is a hell of a lot more minor. People are so weird and funny :D
  14. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Lasting Damage

    This is what they try to do in aviation to get people to own up to mistakes......

    Just culture
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  15. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    This might end up on the biggest cock up at work thread in a few years time! :D

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