Could your skeleton cope with the gravity on Jupiter?

16 October 2005

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Question

You said earlier that you would weigh 13 tonnes if you lived on Jupiter. Would your bones be able to withstand that, or would you end up like a pancake?

Answer

Standing on Jupiter would be like having a bus standing on your head, as you'd weigh so much. So the bones in your feet which are set up to withstand 50 kg of weight pushing through them, would now have to withstand 13 tonnes. I don't think even the nest hip replacement would be able to withstand that kind of load. So you would be as flat as a pancake.

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