Randall “XKCD” Munroe has a New York Times column where he answers weird science questions


Randall Munroe’s “Fantastic Issue” column in theNew York Instancesis in the vein of his How To and What If guides, in which he solutions bizarre science inquiries with similarly strange thoroughness.

In his inaugural column, Munroe responses: “If I Touched the Moon, What Would It Come to feel Like?”

Touching lunar rocks within a spacecraft, or in a museum, is a single issue taking away a glove and exposing oneself to the vacuum of house is a further. In science fiction, terrible issues befall these astronauts: their blood boils away, their insides get sucked out.

But getting rid of a glove would not essentially be right away fatal. For the most component, human pores and skin is tough ample to deal with transient exposure to a vacuum. If you had a personalized spacesuit with a seal all over your forearm, you could possibly eliminate your glove all through a moonwalk with out suffering long term damage.

It absolutely wouldn’t be at ease. In 1960, through a large-altitude balloon exam, Air Drive Col. Joe Kittinger’s strain glove sprang a leak, exposing his suitable hand to near-vacuum ailments for quite a few hours. His hand swelled up and went numb, but he experienced no permanent problems.

If I Touched the Moon, What Would It Come to feel Like? [Randall Munroe/New York Instances]

(by means of Kottke)