Re: Mars in two weeks?

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Sat Jan 06 2001 - 21:31:15 MST

On Sat, 6 Jan 2001, Doug Jones wrote:

> spreadsheet for Rotary Rocket). Secondly, while the bulk density of a
> body is about 1, the lungs and other air filled spaces are <<1, and
> would experience very strong buoyancy effects. At more than 25 gees
> this would be likely to cause tearing of lung tissue. Also, the
> hydrostatic pressure at the lowest point in the lungs would be far
> higher than the gas pressure in the lungs leading to edema as liquids
> leak through the walls of the alveoli. In tests, healthy subjects
> immersed in water were able to take about ten gees for about fifteen
> minutes before losing consciousness.

How about filling the lungs with saline at about the same density? Either
the passenger could be placed in profound hypothermia and so do without
oxygen (or a heartbeat, for that matter) for 30 or 40 minutes, or have the
blood oxygenated by a heart/lung machine.

Just in a far out mood...


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