Astronaut soup


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#2

If only all that water had been available on January 27, 1967


#3

With a heavy space suit on, and the helmet off, and no personal floation device, wouldn't rolling off the flimsy raft be a quick way to drown at the bottom of the pool? Seems like the Apollo-1-era NASA was big into poorly considered, unnecessary risks.


#4

And that Grissom was a squirmy hatchblower, too.


#5

Nope. For water egress, the astronaut wore a neck dam - like a scuba diver wearing a dry suit - which made the suit a sealed pressure envelope, even when the helmet was off. Gus Grissom wore a crappier version of the neck dam during his swim on Mercury-Redstone 4; the suit's integrated neck dam leaked, and an open air valve on the suit body let water into the suit.


#6

Did anyone else see that picture and think about how cool it would be to have that as a pool toy?


#7

Landing right in a swimming pool? Now that's accuracy!


#8

As someone who holds by the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics, I find that pictures like this make me wish to live in one of the worlds where they escaped the d***ed Fire in the nick of time and got to go on and do all kinds of cool stuff.


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