david l burkhead (
16 Jul 1996 15:58:35 GMT

In article <> (Richard Foy) writes:

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>Whethere it would happen or not, I believe would depend on the initial
>pressure and how fast the exposure to a vacuum is accomplished.

I see you haven't gone and looked at any of the "sources" I
listed (as well referenced as many of Ms. Morgan's sources). This is
still flat out wrong. Macroscopic (I'm not talking about bacteria
here) living beings do _not_ explode when exposed to vaccuum,
including sudden decompressions. It _does_ _not_ _happen._ This
isn't "speculation" or "theory." This is fact.

>In and case the way this came up related to a claim that infants
>would kick if thrown out of an arilock in the Space Shuttle as I
>All of the comments on this topic have been speculation. This is what
>gets AAT supporters condemnation by many posters in this ng.

Wrong again. Exposure of humans and small animals (including
those about the size of a human infant) to vaccuum has been done. It
is not speculation, but experimental result. The fact is that they
did _not_ explode. Indeed, brief exposures are something from which
one can not only survive, but fully recover in a rather short time. I
know one of the subjects of these tests _personally_. (Dr. Jerry
Pournelle, for those who wish to know.)

Try to learn the difference between experimental results and

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