I've watched a film where one of the characters claimed to have rapidly disembarked a moving spacecraft during a 5g burn (?!) and immediately wondered how he survived.
For example, you're on a spacecraft that's travelling at 100mph (or any other random speed) and you go to the nearest airlock and jump out (I.E: leave the spacecraft).
Assuming you have a strong enough protective suit (I.E: this isn't a murder/suicide):
- What effect does this have on your body?
- Does the vacuum of space mitigate or exacerbate the negative effects?
- Will you just "float out" into space or will you actually be moving with/in the general direction of the spacecraft?
- Do you slow down or speed up relative to the spacecraft?
- How do the effects change as the speed changes?
I apologise for the multi-part question, but this question can't really be summarised in a single sentence.
UPDATE: Also, has this ever happened before? Has anyone ever "fallen out" of a spacecraft and made it back safely?
NOTE: I've asked this question over on the Astronomy StackExchange and was told that it might be a better fit here, if cross-posting isn't allowed on this StackExchange give me a heads up and I'll delete it.