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Long time, no write. Thought I’d catch up with Steph’s InMon challenge. Nip over to the Bekindrewrite site for more info. In the mean time, here’s my brief submission …

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THE SANDS OF SPACE TIME

Three minutes. It’s not long. With practice you can hold your breath for three minutes, but not if you struggle.

The suit will protect you from the cold, the vacuum, and the radiation – but there is no air tank or re-circulator. You will only have the air contained in the suit with you.

So, you have a choice, there is always a choice. You can stay in the pod with me and wait as its velocity decreases and the orbit decays. We will eventually fall to earth, but I doubt we’ll reach the surface. The pod is not designed for re-entry and will probably burn up by the time it gets to 8,000 metres.

Or you can make for the space station, where you will be safe until a recovery flight can be sent from earth.

I estimate the current distance to the station is 50.37 metres. As long as you push yourself away from the air-lock with sufficient force it should take about 74 seconds to make the trip. That will leave you one minute and 16 seconds to get to the air-lock, open it and start the boarding sequence.

The primary risk is that your trajectory will be incorrect and you will miss the station. This will be terminal. Secondary risk is lack of thrust and failing to make the distance. This, too, will be terminal. Tertiary risk not having sufficient time to reach the air-lock once you reach the station. Again, terminal.

The tether is not long enough to allow you to reach the station. It will remain in the pod.

Enter the air-lock exit code if you decide to leave. I will track your progress and relay it to Mission Control. Please don’t worry about me, there is a back-up of my database at Mission Control, and we can be re-united … if you survive.

Distance to the station is now 50.61 metres.

Distance to the station is …

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© 2016. K Patrick Moody

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