• Question: You are in space, have 40 minutes of oxygen left. how will you use your time??

    Asked by tasfia to Daniel, Derek, Ian, Phil, Upul on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Derek Mann

      Derek Mann answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      watch the stars and try to remember nice things like times with my wife and kids, students who I trained to be scientists etc etc.

    • Photo: Daniel Mietchen

      Daniel Mietchen answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      Not sure whether I would remain cool in that situation, so part of that valuable time might go off to panic or shock reactions. The more substantial part, though, would probably be devoted to trying to communicate a farewell to my family and friends (and be this by forming a particular knot or scratching a message on my helmet), and some minutes in between to my life, the peculiarities of my situation (is there really no way out?) and the spectacular views I get on the planet (I assume we are orbiting Earth) and “my” space ship, as well as to the question of what celestial object my corpse would eventually collide with, and when.

    • Photo: Philip Wadler

      Philip Wadler answered on 18 Jun 2010:

      Writing a letter to my children and wife.

    • Photo: Ian Sillett

      Ian Sillett answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      1) Holding my breath
      2) Trying to fix whatever it is that’s stopping the oxygen being recycled
      3) Staring wistfully into space thinking how beautiful it is and how privileged I am to have lived at all