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 12 – Drowning
This one is not a terribly pleasant way to go in space and there’s not much that anyone can find to make light of with it – especially as this has nearly happened. But regardless of this being sealed in airtight suit that protects you from the vacuum of space means that any liquids that leak into it (including the accidents) will not escape easily.
It’s assumed that no one among your shipmates is dumb enough to plug your suit into the hosepipe they use to water the flowers or something (they don’t do this in space). The other thing is that becasue liquid floats and doesn’t sink if this does happen then you can’t rely on gravity to make it fall to the bottom of the suit… basically it’s a bit of a code brown moment.
The fact of the matter is that in life in general and especially in space there’s something to bear in mind – anything that can go wrong at some point probably will go wrong. So blocked filters and jammed what-you-might-call-it’s are all going to happen and the result is thing like your suit filling up with water.
It’s a bit of a sod really. Just don’t go making holes in your suit – you’ll really be in the crapper then!
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