An 11 year old boy, who has always been fascinated by space and astronauts, wishes he could go into space also. So of course it should be easy to get into Cape Kennedy, up the launch tower, and into the capsule. Naturally when something goes wrong on the journey, he will save the day. Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
Did You Know?
Even if the kid survived to the point of liftoff, he would have been dead upon entry into Earth Orbit. Apollo used a low pressure, pure oxygen atmosphere to save weight, and cabin pressure dropped from 16.7 psi to 5.8 psi in less than 2 minutes after launch. To avoid getting the bends, the astronauts had to breathe pure oxygen for about 3 hours prior to launch. This is why they walked to the spacecraft already sealed in their spacesuits. To reduce flammability, the cabin was pressurized with a 60/40 mixture of oxygen and nitrogen, which would not have adequately prepared the kid for the pressure drop. See more