However remote the possibility might be, astronauts will always face the potential hazard of ‘explosive’ decompression during space missions. Such an extremely rapid reduction of the ambient atmospheric pressure of a spacecraft cabin might be caused by the penetration of the cabin wall by a large meteoroid, or by a structural failure resulting from a landing accident on a moon or planet. A space suit might receive a large perforation from accidental contact with a sharp stationary object, or with a tool or other piece of movable extravehicular equipment during an extravehicular operation.
KeywordsAmbient Atmospheric Pressure Space Suit Sinus Cavity Rapid Decompression Interstitial Emphysema
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