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Offline Yair Doza

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Farting in space - will it propel you forward?
« on: 27/03/2010 15:34:13 »
Listening to one of the previous podcast, there was a discussion on your weight and internal gas.
It reminded me of the book 'Moonshot' about Apollo 11. Apparently the diet of the astronauts caused a lot of fats, so much so the Buzz Aldrin suggested to turn off the thrusters and do it themselves. I was wandering, when the Apollo 11 astronauts were farting in space with no gravity, were they actually moving forward or not. Any idea?  Thanks Yair


 

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« Reply #1 on: 27/03/2010 16:03:25 »
Well not if the fart was contained inside the space suit. It would have to vent in a specific direction, then it would cause propulsion.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 27/03/2010 17:05:57 »
as I understand the astronauts were not wearing space suits during most of the voyage. So they'll have 'space' trousers on. Then perhaps the were propelled by the escaping 'gases'?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 27/03/2010 19:03:26 »
Well not if the fart was contained inside the space suit. It would have to vent in a specific direction, then it would cause propulsion.

If it was contained inside the space suit, it would not cause propulsion, but it might cause revulsion  ;D
 

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Farting in space - will it propel you forward?
« Reply #4 on: 28/03/2010 04:38:34 »
Remind me to ask about the air conditioning..
 

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