• Question: What does the profoundly low pressure in space affect, health wise?

    Asked by 932tch24 to Vinita, Kirsty, Col Op, Charlie 🚀 on 14 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by 893tch48.
    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 14 Jun 2016:

      Outside in space is a vacuum- this is very bad for you as you would explode, boil and freeze at the same time.

      Inside ISS is a nice cozy 1 Atmosphere- so the same pressure as on earth at sea level. This is good as we can compare data from space with Earth, and the astronauts are not adversely effected by low pressure.

    • Photo: Columbus Operations

      Columbus Operations answered on 23 Jun 2016:

      Kirsty is right, inside the station we have a normal pressure level and also normal breathing air, well air conditioned of course. But nothing that would adversely affect the crew’s health.