C'mon, NASA, seriously? You've been spec-ing space suits since before the Mercury program (and David Clarke and ILC/Dover [life support by Hamilton Standard] have been building them for about that long), and all of a sudden, you can't get the dehumidifier to work?
Also, what's up with the TV talking heads looking all goggle-boggled and exclaiming, "Drown in a space suit? Who'd'a thunk?"
Gee, I dunno -- only everyone who wears glasses and has bundled up warm to go outdoors in winter? Your exhaled breath is humid. Very humid. And that's even before we add in the water you lose perspiring. No, the wonder is that anyone can even see through a spacesuit helmet faceplate, ever.
(Also, "snorkel?" And not "air tube?" 'Cos, see, really, snorkel implies there's a waterline for it to be above, not the case for blobs of water floating more-or-less randomly around in zero-G.)
Just in case people have forgotten, there are some perfectly good* Russian space suits aboard ISS. And a perfectly-good Russian airlock-- But wait, I forgot: these days, NASA won't let anyone under their control wear the Russian suits, or use the Russian airlock, and as for having a cosmonaut go out and remove the bad pump, why, heavens forfend!
Near as I can determine, the American, Russian and ESA space crew get along fine on ISS but their bosses these days are not talking to one another much. Sure, sure, all the sections are latched together; sure, the stabilizing hardware is mostly Russian and so's the air supply -- but ew, NASA apparently doesn't want to have to talk to the commercialized (note the display-card ads in wide shots of Russian Mission Control), shoestring-budget Roscosmos (RKA)/RSC Energia people. (Energia, already 38% state-owned, may end up 51%+ state-owned under a push to renationalize Russia's space industry. Sad.)
* Bearing in mind that at present, a "perfectly-good" spacesuit is one that won't kill you in the first hour or so. Gloves are a particular problem, as is movement in general, which is why everyone runs lower pressures and higher oxygen levels and preparing for a spacewalk includes sleeping in the airlock, breathing the low-pressure outdoor mix; otherwise, spacesuited workers end up starfished, comfy but hardly able to bend at any joint.
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