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Subject: Do astronauts undergo explosive decompression training?

Date: Sun Dec 2 19:43:45 2001
Posted by Frank
Grade level: teacher/prof School: n/a
City: Melbourne State/Province: Victoria Country: Australia
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 1007340225.Me

Is it true that astronauts undergo "explosive decompression" training in order 
to prepare them for potential emergencies while in space? By explosive 
decompression I mean exposing the astronauts to zero pressure from, say, 1 
atmosphere within a few seconds? Or would that simply give them a terminal 
case of decompression sickness - the bends?

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