10 Space Myths We Need to Stop Believing

10 Space Myths We Need to Stop Believing

Posted by Jen on 11/13/2014 to Articles
Do you believe the sun is a ball of fire or that you can't travel through an asteroid belt? Many of us do and, as with many of the myths we believe, we got our "facts" from Hollywood. Read this humorous article about 10 space myths we should stop believing. Some may surprise you!

Here's an excerpt:

Why you shouldn’t get your facts from Hollywood.

1. We explode in space

Like many of the myths that will follow, this idea was mostly created by Hollywood. Oftentimes, moviemakers aren’t really that concerned with the facts. They will readily take liberties with reality in order to make a scene look more interesting. From movies, we know that the instant a human is exposed to outer space without a protective suit, he’s a goner who, most likely, will explode in a splatter of blood and guts (depending on the rating of the film). Exposure to space will definitely kill you, but not instantly and not in such a visceral way. A human being can survive exposed to space for about half a minute with no permanent damage. It won’t be pleasant, but it’s not instant death. You would probably die of asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen. There is one movie that got this right - Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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