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Comment: Re:Pressurized? (Score 3, Informative) 124

by excaliber19 (#15281384) Attached to: Mars Space Suit Trials in North Dakota
Exactly. Mod parent up. A suit can provide pressure via tension all over the body. A full helmet or scuba-like breathing apparatus can provide oxygen. There is no need to pressurize the entire suit, its just a waste of energy and makes things needlessly difficult (less flexible, worrying about tears, etc etc).

Assuming a person did get a small tear on a 'tension suit', the worst that would happen is very bad bruising. The ripped area would be exposed to the environment (low pressure) which would pull the flesh a fair amount outside the suit. Nasty bruising, but not fatal at all and confined to the ripped portion of suit.

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