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Desc:No, people don't explode when exposed to vacuum.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Science & Technology
Tags:NASA, vacuum, oh shit, Space suit, Decompression
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I adore the fact that OxygenThief was the first to rate this 5.
in retrospect it seems kind of goddamn insane that we crammed people into tubes and shot them into space
About half as insane as being able to do it and not!

That was extremely scary though.

They don't explode, but they do boil from the inside, skin can rip open from the excess pressure.
Nope, common misconception.

You could survive in space for on the order of a minute. There is enough negative pressure to keep you from boiling.

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970603.htm l

If you haven't read this already, give yourself nightmares for life;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin#Diving_bell_accide nt

after he was in a trench during a mortar attack, Sebastian Junger wrote a good passage about sudden, violent death

You don't so much a die as you simply cease to exist, your brain and your nervous system are fragmented and gone before they can even send any distress signals

that makes me feel better about the Byford Dolphin...those dudes never had any idea what happened to them

This reminds me of the story of the lost cosmonauts, most of them russians. Google that stuff.
fived for the fall. Legs went STRAIGHT UP
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