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What is the procedure when a spacesuit gets a tear in it? [duplicate]

What do you do if you are in space and you get a rip in your spacesuit other than getting right with God? What if you cannot get back to base in time?
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Humans surviving in space [duplicate]

To my (admittedly limited) understanding a human being in outer space wouldn't last very long, mainly due to three factors: the extreme cold the intense radiation and the vacuum of space So if my ...
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How would an astronaut's hand react to a hard vacuum?

What would happen if an astronaut took his/her glove off in space but had the rest of their body completely sealed off? My guess is that the hand would start to boil or freeze depending on location.
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What are the consequences if an astronaut's helmet gets damaged during a spacewalk?

Note: This has become a frequently asked question. Some related situations which have been regarded as duplicates of this question include these: Leaving vehicle / going outside without spacesuit or ...
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Decay of a corpse in space?

This is not nice perspective, but eventually it will happen. An astronaut falls out of spaceship because of damage caused by collision with other object, or because of suit decompression. The fluids ...
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How do manned spacecraft achieve an airtight connection while docking?

By another question I was reminded how hard it is to build airtight equipment such as vacuum chambers from multiple pieces. Docking or berthing space ships / space station modules is a rather similar ...
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Could an Apollo astronaut have put their foot through the hull of the LEM?

In this interview (part of the extra material from the Apollo 13 film), Tom Kelly of Grumman talks about the construction of the Apollo LEM. In particular he mentions that the "skin" of the LEM was ...
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What happens if an astronaut is hit by a tiny micrometeorite?

A micrometeorite (including space debris in LEO) hitting the metal wall of the ISS would likely cause a shower of secondary high speed fragments. But there are other "softer" materials proposed which ...
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Is it scientifically possible to briefly walk on the moon bare footed?

Is it scientifically possible to briefly walk on the moon bare footed? What possible side effects could there be? Are these side effects mild enough to make it worth it?
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Won't an astronaut exposed to the vacuum of space bleed from everywhere?

A woman kiss can cause the blood raise to the top levels of skin, leaving you violet mark on skin. However articles about space exposure (wikipedia, nasa.gov) do not talk about bleeding at all... So ...
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Does releasing a gas propellant in a vacuum produce thrust? [Martian Spoilers] [duplicate]

I recently watched, The Martian and was wondering about some of the manoeuvres and propulsion in space. My question is, how is this possible? How can escaping an escaping gas (from a pressurised ...