Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Could you do this? --->
Not me... not in a million years, no matter how amazing and important it is. My body would not allow it.
I know this, because in my environmental consulting days, part of our hazardous materials training involved getting suited up in "level A" protection. Every part of your body is covered in a suit, and any zippers or seams are sealed with duct tape. Your face is covered with a mask, and the suit hood is duct taped to it. You breathe with an air tank and a respirator (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus -- add Underwater for SCUBA).
I couldn't hack it. I can't remember at what point I started to flip out... I think I made it through the duct tape and the mask, but the respirator was too much, and I panicked.
Subtract earth underfoot, add the endless yawning void of outer space, and... well, no. Just no.
But damn, how cool is it that some people CAN do it... that's Hans Schlegel up there, installing a laboratory on the space station... and that this kind of work is being done.