100 Ways to Die in Space – # 18 Falling

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 18 – Falling

This might seem a bit lame, after all most of the time space has low gravity like on the Moon or Mars or there’s no gravity at all. Bear with me, in empty space falling is not really a thing but even on the Moon it can cause problems.

Imagine bouncing on the Moon and coming across a bit of Moon rock (or some Alien artefact if you’re convinced these things exist on the Moon) and this causes one to fall over. Falling back could mean damaging the precious life support system that is getting oxygen into your lungs and giving you air pressure. Falling forwards could damage the face visor. It’s worth noting at this point that regardless of what some sci-fi films portray, gaffa tape is NOT a suitable airtight fix for a space helmet, but you can try it if you like. I personally can’t get the bastard stuff to stick to my wall!

Staying on your feet is good advice at anytime, but in space falling might not break your leg or arm or any part of you, but it might leave you an airless twitching corpse on the Moon if you get it wrong up there!

© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2023




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21 thoughts on “100 Ways to Die in Space – # 18 Falling

  1. Sorry, the recent heat wave has got to me.
    Every astronaut needs to go equipped with a folding trampoline, which is dropped before you land, then you bounce away……… slowly
    ……Onto another sharp rock……bother!
    Ah well back to the drawing board.

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      1. LOL, for some reason that reminded me of that 1979 TV show “Salvage 1”, with the junkyard guy who had a homemade spaceship.

        Now we know where the people who got the Darwin Awards got the idea from. 😀

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