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I abhor a vacuum

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitAug 18, 2008 6:04 PM


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I can't imagine I'd be a fun companion on a spaceship. But I don't think I'd do anything to deserve getting tossed out an airlock. Still, if I do step over the line (eat the last Mintie? forget to use deodorant? leave the space toilet seat up?), I know I'd last a little while at least after eating vacuum. But it would still suck. HAHAHA! Actually, you don't get sucked out an airlock, you get blown out one. Suck implies a force drawing you outward, but it's the pressure of the air in the airlock that blows you out. Hmmm. Now I see why they might throw me out.

Tip o' the spacesuit helmet (literally in this case) to Peter Sagal.

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