Would I explode or implode in space?
Organic Mama asks:
Would a person IMPLODE or EXPLODE if suddenly transported into the vast emptiness of space? Every time someone tells me the answer, it evaporates from my mind
Here’s how to remember it. Space is a vacuum. Your body has internal pressure (if you don’t think it does, try holding in a burp or fart for a while). When you suddenly transport yourself to space, the internal pressure will make you swell up like a balloon – at least until your skin reaches it’s breaking point,then you’d pop (more or less).
NASA did some studies back in the 60s when they were trying to develop comfortable and functional space suits, and made the interesting discovery that you only need a little bit of extra support to keep from popping in a vacuum (space). Pretty much a heavy nylon/lycra body suit would work. Problem is, it won’t protect you from the cold or the radiation, so you still need that bulky space suit……