• Question: what do you do if you get hurt in space

    Asked by Cheeky Monkey xoxo to Col Op on 22 Jun 2016.
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      Columbus Operations answered on 22 Jun 2016:

      Well, we take great care that this won’t happen at all. So none of the usual equipment has sharp edges or gets hot or similar things.

      In case something happens, you can call a doctor any time and get his advice from ground. If needed, you could even do very basic surgery on station. That’s why some Astrounauts have to qualify as a kind of first aid doctor (it’s a bit more than that, but still far from a real doctor).

      If nothing helps, you can always evacuate the station. Since one Soyuz spaceship fits 3 crew, all 3 of this Soyuz would have to evacuate. They have personally fitted seats and also, if 2 stayed on board, they wouldn’t have any return ship they could use for coming home 😉