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Subject: Can someone hold his breath in space?

Date: Tue Dec 30 17:57:45 2003
Posted by Nick
Grade level: nonaligned School: No school entered.
City: Reynoldsburg State/Province: OH Country: US
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 1072828665.An

In '2001: A Space Odyssey,' an astronaut is trapped in his space pod because 
HAL won't open the pod bay doors. He holds his breath, blows out the pod door, 
enters the bay, closes the door, and finally fills his lungs with air. Wouldn't 
his lungs explode immediately in the vaccum of space?

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