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Any day now you'll start to see pre-release hype for the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock vehicle Gravity, in which the pair star as astronauts cast adrift in space after a nasty accident interrupts a spacewalk. We mention the flick as a nod to the notional truth/fiction differential, after NASA revealed a real spacewalk by an …

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the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock vehicle Gravity

If the movie is about floating around in space I would've called it 'Anti-Gravity'.

Do space suits have a piss bag? You don't think he was pissing in his own eyes do you? God that would be awful. 'HELP, garglegargle, my helmet is filling up with piss'.

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If my helmet was filling up with water I might be tempted to fill the lower end of the suit with certain 'fluids'.

Purely on the grounds of maintaining a reasonable centre of gravity in case of rotational effects of course.

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"Ground control? I have a wee problem here...."

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It was only water in his helmet and not a weeping rash!

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No piss bag. They do wear a "Maximum Absorbency Garment" (MAG) in the suit though. Yes, that's basically an adult diaper in case you're wondering. I'm glad we cleared that up.

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MAG - aren't those also useful for cross-country (USA) trips when you don't want to stop to take a leak? I seem to remember something about that...

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Ground control! Water in helmet!

I askede for wine, dey givve me water!

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It the Shuttle was still operative...

... they could have brought the space suite back on Earth, inspect and repair it, then send it back to the Space Station. Now if it can't be repaired at the Station they have to throw it away as waste...

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Re: It the Shuttle was still operative...

Were Shuttle launches much more frequent then the Soyuz ones?

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There should be space in the next dragon capsule returning to earth...

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Space suit weight = 280lb (http://www.howstuffworks.com/space-suit4.htm)

Shuttle LEO cost per lb = $27,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_Space_Shuttle_program)

Cost to lift a space suit = $7,560,000

Cost of space suit = $12,000,000

Repair costs etc = unknown

So it'd almost be worth the bother.

Anyway you could put it in SpaceX capsule for return. Their costs are approx $10,000 per lb with a full capsule.

http://www.tested.com/science/space/44509-what-spacexs-dragon-brought-to-the-international-space-station/

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Their costs are approx $10,000 per lb with a full capsule.

I think you'll find that all those figures are rather lower for the return trip only. The vehicle comes back anyway, anything in it is effectively hitching a ride.

The cost of sending up another one has to be borne anyway, assuming it cannot be fixed in situ, so whether that's a new one or an old one reconditioned is immaterial.

Thus, as the suit costs 12 million, if there's a chance it can be fixed bringing it down is a no-brainer.

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Or they could cram it into a Soyuz. Although, given the amount of space (or lack of) in the descent capsule, someone would probably have to wear it on the way down.

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Clearly a Radiohead fan

I did warn him the 'No Surprises' tribute video in space was a bad idea

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That'll teach him to try and trump Cmdr Hadfield's Space Oddity...

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At least he didn't sneeze...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWDPJymksI

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Oscar, what are you doing?

They'll bring the suit back, decide it's too much trouble, and put it up on eBay. A young kid will buy it, refurbish it, and then go on to save the world from the Wormfaces....

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Re: Oscar, what are you doing?

I loved that book as a kid. My teacher (Mrs. Saxon, IIRC) read it to the class 40+ years ago (I was 11). About 1/4 of the way through, I checked a copy out of the library and finished it in a couple days. I even re-read it a couple times since then.

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"A young kid will buy it, refurbish it..."

Upvoted for the Heinlein reference.

("Have Spacesuit, Will Travel", R. A. Heinlein 1958, for our younger, less well read readers)

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For some reason, it is still one of my favourite books. It is one of the few I have in dead-tree and ebook formats just in case I fancy reading it where-ever I am.

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Ground control to major leak...........

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Good thing spacesuits don't recycle liquids

I'd rather not drink suspicious water if I were to have other fluids inside the suit...

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Brilliant blog post

Luca Parmitano's tweets are fantastic and his recent blog post abou the first eva was superb. Apparently all done in his off time too. Hope they find the problem and they complete the eva soon.

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