100 Ways to Die in Space – # 3 Getting too Hot

Welcome to 100 Ways to Die in Space

Hi there bloggies, welcome to a new and fun little feature – 100 ways to die in space. Taking inspiration from a million ways to die in the west I’ll be taking a somewhat tongue in cheek at the many and various ways that space is somewhat unkind to the average human being and it pretty effective at killing them very quickly. Step aboard and see what happens, just don’t come on wearing a red top!

Method 3 – Getting too Hot.

Space is really quite a funny place, get out past the atmosphere of Earth and tt’s mostly empty space. I mean this is why they call is space becasue it’s pretty empty. The extremes are quite apparent and perhaps the most notable of these is heat. During day time on Earth the one thing that you can’t help but notice is the giant glowing ball that gives us heat and light.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that getting too close to a source of heat is going to give us, the fragile and – (I was going to say humble but let’s not go there) daring human a bit of a difficult time with keeping on top of our mortal spring.

Planets close to the Sun like Mercury for example are so hot that the surface temperature could melt lead, not surprising seeing as it’s so close to the sun. But the hottest places in the solar system are not just close to the Sun, Io orbiting around Jupiter way part Mars is the most volcanically active world in the solar system. Pulled about by the massive Jupiter it’s volcanoes of molten sulfur would not make for a pleasant experience and would leave you smelling of rotten eggs.

The other thing worth mentioning is that sunblock will not be an effective protection in either circumstance, the excess heat is simply going to fry you to a crisp. Any unblock used would merely be some kind of weird oil to help the meat not stick to the bottom of the pan. So the real advice really is that if you have a good solid spacecraft that got you to where you want – stay in it!

© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2022



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