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This Is What Happens When Your Body Is Exposed In Outer Space

Have you Ever heard about the astronaut Kittinger Joe ?

Joe Kittinger was an astronaut who found out that his glove had a leak on his way up while he was making his long standing sky-dive in space, in the year 1959 from 100,000 ft. Instead of alerting the mission control station, and calling the operation off he decided to continue with the operation without informing mission control.

Once At 100,000ft outer space, the pressure from the atmosphere was already high and therefore technically very close to a vacuum which is normally used for practical purposes. However, The space suit that Kittinger wore had maintained pressure over the rest of his body. However, his hand was exposed during his 90 mins ascent, right before he jumped, and the final 4mins fall. The consequence made Joe Kittinger’s hand swell to double its normal size and it was painful for him. He could not use the hand for a long time.

When he finally returned to normal pressure, the swelling in his hand reduced and he was able to use it again within a short period. Although it was already severely bruised & it remained like that for several days.

Technically what happens is your skin tissue will begin to swell as water in your body starts to evaporate in the absence of atmospheric pressure. If you also happen to die in space, your body will not decompose in the normal way because there is no oxygen.

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