Could You Make A Space Suit From Duct Tape?

Vitenskap og teknologi

NASA has used 'gray tape' to solve a few problems in space, but the season 2 finale of 'For All Mankind' includes a scene with a pair of astronauts improvising a pressure suit from oxygen masks and duct tape. And it turns out that this isn't as ridiculous as you might imagine, a pressure suit doesn't need to provide atmospheric pressure, but mechanical pressure and the strength of material required is well within that provided by off the shelf tape.
"For All Mankind" tells a story of a space program in an alternate universe where the Soviet Union lands on the Moon before NASA and the space race never stops.
There's a couple of great books from NASA which cover the technical details:
Dressing For Altitude
Bioastronautics Data Book


  • DeusEversor
    DeusEversorTime siden

    10:28 that big middle finger there :DDDD

  • 303smle
    303smle4 timer siden

    Scott an embolism isn’t necessarily painful. I suffered an arterial air embolism while scuba diving, which was diagnosed as being caused by a congenital lung defect. I was blind, my legs and arms were fully paralysed, I had memory loss and I was experiencing seizures. Even though at the time I knew that I was dying, my main thought was at least it was because I was doing something that I enjoyed. I experienced no pain. I was annoyed that I couldn’t control my legs when I went into a fit. But that was about it. Luckily for me the bubble dispersed of its own accord while I was being raced to shore. The doctors told me to never dive again.

  • Tricky
    Tricky6 timer siden

    Wouldn't the would-be astronaut also suffer huge burns from so much direct contact with the exterior layer of their thin ductape suit?

  • Mark Fryer
    Mark Fryer6 timer siden

    Just remember folks that not all Duct Tape is created equally. You pay for what you get. Buy the cheapest tape and you may pay for it with your life. Buy the quality brand and you may live to brag about your adventure.

  • Bartłomiej Jastrzębski
    Bartłomiej Jastrzębski9 timer siden

    I dont think they had pure oxygen.

  • mattigi
    mattigi9 timer siden

    Ok where did you get the launch tower for the Saturn V?

  • Nicolai Veliki
    Nicolai Veliki10 timer siden

    In German we call duct tape "Panzerband", which translates to armor or tank tape. Bundeswehr soldiers joke that it holds tanks together and can stop bullets (several hundred layers of it could stop a bullet realistically though that would be a lot more encumbering than an actual kevlar vest)

  • Lxcien
    Lxcien10 timer siden

    is that little Scott Kerman in the intro?

  • hal dyordan
    hal dyordan11 timer siden

    I don't know if anyone already commented like this but, would the running and effort shown in the show increased blood pressure would also a profound effect in the human body,and survivability? So far, actual events are in stationary position, correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Cracking Ys
    Cracking Ys11 timer siden


  • Jason Ashby
    Jason Ashby12 timer siden

    All astronauts should have to do Freediving training. You learn how to conserve oxygen, operate with low oxygen levels in the brain and gain a tolerance to higher CO2 levels in the blood.

  • tracebuster.B
    tracebuster.B12 timer siden

    Duck tape

  • Andrew Dahl
    Andrew Dahl13 timer siden


  • Ryae on
    Ryae on13 timer siden

    what if the suit got a hole/decompressed other than the head part then the neck suit part will be tighten for us to breath a little while to fix the problem?

  • Roman Villegas
    Roman Villegas16 timer siden

    That whole scene reminded me of the rooftop clearing scene from Chernobyl.

  • Trevor Philips
    Trevor Philips16 timer siden

    It didn't really work in the show all that well

  • ____________________
    ____________________17 timer siden

    The video was great, right up until that super creepy sign-off!!

  • ab bush
    ab bush18 timer siden

    The North Koreans are way a head of you LOL !

  • Joe Swanson
    Joe Swanson18 timer siden

    Considering their hearts were probably racing that would shorten their time quite a bit

  • Dolphinboi - Play Monster Rancher
    Dolphinboi - Play Monster Rancher19 timer siden

    Then what tape do I use to fix my duck? He just hasn't been the same since his trip to China.

  • Jim Halpert from The Office
    Jim Halpert from The Office20 timer siden

    Don't let this video distract you from the fact that 343 Industries won't add playable Elites in Halo Infinite.

  • Jonathon Piffington
    Jonathon Piffington21 time siden

    Humans really don’t want to die a horrible space death Solution: Duct tape

  • Strong Force
    Strong Force21 time siden

    I literally watched this video until he said you should watch it first. Watched both seasons in 6 days and then resumed watching the video

  • Doctor Sex
    Doctor Sex22 timer siden

    I wouldn't be concerned so much about the duct tape melting, I'd be more concerned about solar radiation, that shit's no joke!

  • Sagano96
    Sagano9622 timer siden

    If things move and where they should not - duct tape if things that should move dont - WD 40 universal law of physics

  • casey mead
    casey mead23 timer siden

    Sticky situation

  • jaymuffinz
    jaymuffinzDag siden

    “Generic Plot Device Corporation” sooo ACME. Let’s just go with ACME.

  • F TP
    F TPDag siden

    call it duct tape. always call things for what they are.

  • Keith Whitty
    Keith WhittyDag siden

    @9:25 Your eyes would pop, then all the blood would escape and you'd explode in less than a second. Tape or no tape.

  • InformantNet
    InformantNetDag siden

    Wow, I can't believe you spoiled the finale in the first 30 seconds of this video. Why would you do that?

  • Phil Scott
    Phil ScottDag siden

    Fascinating! As a pretentious know-it-all who barely understood the science behind this, I need to add that it's not "duct" tape, but rather "duck" tape. I know. That's odd. But hear me out. It was a waterproof tape invented during WWII to quickly repair amphibious vehicles known to GIs colloquially as "Ducks." Originally olive green, and usefull beyond imagination, after the war the color changed to the gray-silver used today. There. I'll shut up now.

  • not here anymore
    not here anymoreDag siden

    Man this reminds me of the weird theory that was going around about the reason why Starfox characters seem to all have prosthetic robot legs, people were saying that they got their legs willingly amputated to enhance their performance as pilots and prevent blood pooling in their biological legs under high G conditions.

  • 1147cc
    1147ccDag siden

    The problem that I see is that is hard to tape yourself with it. It looks like they taped the fingers into 3 on each hand. How do you tear and tape the last bit of your hands and fingers yourself. Prob a bit easier with 2 people but how would one tape themselves completely including their own fingers?

  • Anoimo 90
    Anoimo 90Dag siden

    very informatice graphs. always wondered about scuba diving oxygen limits and the like.

  • LongJohn Vllasaliu
    LongJohn VllasaliuDag siden

    *The internet asking weird questions* Me: I lust for totally useless information.

  • Benjamin Brewer
    Benjamin BrewerDag siden

    ...some critical task that advances the plot.

  • John Galt
    John GaltDag siden

    8:57 LOL Oh Scott.

  • bocckoka
    bocckokaDag siden

    I would be worried about heat exchange. Once you step out to a 300 degrees Kelvin temp gradient, I'd imagine your skin starts freezing in an instance, and that would be a tremendous pain before all your nerve endings are actually frozen, and you need to subtract the time necessary to recover from this shock from your operational time (even worse if you can't stay on your feet). Maybe this problem is not that serious though due to a lack of atmosphere on the Moon, when only radiative heat transfer is present.

  • Loki
    LokiDag siden

    I have 3 assignments and im watching a video on how to make space suits from duct tape 💀💀💀

  • The-Mike_D
    The-Mike_DDag siden

    The original Total Recall comes to mind where Arnold breaks his facemask glass and his eyes swell up popping out of his sockets. Lol, awesome movie.

  • Laszlo Ivanyi
    Laszlo IvanyiDag siden

    What about the temperature? When I fist saw the title I'd have say no, because even if you can achieve good seal on an uneven surface, there's nothing in it protecting against heat and cold.

  • ThePaalanBoy
    ThePaalanBoyDag siden

    Norway: Gaffateip Gaffa is apparently used by backstage techies as slang for ductape

  • thhseeking
    thhseekingDag siden

    If the Lunar landings were shot in a studio, then the astronauts would have been running like at 0:30, rather than the sort of skipping-jumping gait that they DID use. The astronauts apparently found that the skipping-jumping thing was more efficient than trying to "run".

  • Lukas H
    Lukas HDag siden


  • Marley Plumb
    Marley PlumbDag siden

    Let find out.

  • pro4skill
    pro4skillDag siden

    This is an awesome video!

  • TheAbc45678
    TheAbc45678Dag siden

    The only thing I find more magical than duct tape is a wire coat hanger. I've solved more problems with a wire coat hanger than with duct tape. I try to keep a wire coat hanger in my car for emergencies. I recommend a pair of pliers to go with the coat hanger because they can be hard to bend without it.

  • Robert Connor

    Robert Connor

    11 timer siden

    But keep wire hangers away from Joan Crawford!

  • Jim Schuler
    Jim SchulerDag siden

    Scott Manley: I'm going to use duct tape and that's not the correct term... Me: Oh Good. At least we get the "it's really duck tape because it was made from cotton duck/used to waterproof ammo boxes in WW2..." out of the way... Scott Manly: NASA calls it 'gray tape'

  • GntlTch
    GntlTchDag siden

    Wow! That intro was absolutely spectacular! I LMAO!

  • RocKITEman _ 2001
    RocKITEman _ 2001Dag siden

    _"Generic Plot Device Corporation."_ -- Scott Manley, 2021 😊😊😊😊

  • Meleeman
    MeleemanDag siden

    uh. doesn't it get like 200C on the moon? either way their blood is going to boil, atmosphere or not.

  • Obsidian Rose
    Obsidian RoseDag siden

    Def will Gorilla Tape; I have fixed so much shit with that stuff. I'm sure it can be used to propel man towards the stars.

  • LizardOsOm Gaming
    LizardOsOm GamingDag siden

    OK but can you use a mark 5 diving suit as a space suit?

  • Aaron
    AaronDag siden

    Flex Tape

  • Foxtrot
    FoxtrotDag siden

    Too bad the Mythbusters are no longer on air

  • skaltura
    skalturaDag siden

    nothing duct tape can't solve! ;)

  • Adam Reynolds
    Adam ReynoldsDag siden

    How much tape would it take for, let's say, an hour long exposure?

  • Alan G
    Alan GDag siden

    Hey do me a favor and GET TO THE GODDAMN POINT

  • John McKee
    John McKeeDag siden

    I used duct tape to temporarily patch a small tear in a parachute. It worked very well. I’m still here.

  • Eralen00
    Eralen00Dag siden

    I thought it was called DUCK tape? Because when it was first invented they marketed it as waterproof, because when exposed to water, it would bead up and roll off the tape, like off a duck's back

  • Anton Jimmy
    Anton JimmyDag siden

    I wish the original Mythbusters were still around, this would be right up their alley

  • Rhubartu the Saiyan
    Rhubartu the SaiyanDag siden

    Also it's funny how when movies show people on places like the moon they just act like they're moving in slow motion rather than lighter gravity... if you drop from a height on the moon the "impact" isn't even gonna cause your knees to bend, let alone having to drop down nearly half your height to compensate..

  • Robert Connor

    Robert Connor

    11 timer siden

    I think the scene was in slow motion because if it took 17 seconds in reality it would all be over to the audience before they knew what the characters were doing. That whole scene takes more than 40 seconds to the audience.

  • Rhubartu the Saiyan
    Rhubartu the SaiyanDag siden

    Why is a video about making a pressure suit from duct tape almost entirely just about the history and technical details of legitimate pressure suits?...

  • Red007Master
    Red007MasterDag siden


  • Gpcas9
    Gpcas9Dag siden

    8:28 I think the masks were no oxigene masks. They are told to exhale before opening the hatch. The masks were only for keeping the heat of the environment from their faces for the time being.

  • Marko Ahonen
    Marko AhonenDag siden

    scott manley, fly safe...tape

  • Garrold
    GarroldDag siden

    I've been waiting for this haha

  • Mads Thorup
    Mads ThorupDag siden

    It has always been a thing I have wondered about. Have seen it in many movies space 2001, events horizont and sunshine. :-)

  • Alejandro Sintes Ruiz de la Escalera
    Alejandro Sintes Ruiz de la EscaleraDag siden

    I can't belive you was able to buy the parts to build the ULT U-U

  • peter belyea
    peter belyea2 dager siden

    100 mile an hour tape

  • Kevin Mello
    Kevin Mello2 dager siden

    My question is, would the duct tape actually work on the moon, or Mars? Regular duct tape has an operating temperature range of about 40 degrees F to 90 degrees F. There are specialty tapes, but they still don't go below -30 degrees F. Lower and the adhesive freezes and it won't stick. I looked into this when Whatney fixed his helmet with duct tape. It left me wondering if the tape would have 1. stuck because of the adhesive freezing 2. stuck because the surface he was trying to put it on would have been really cold and 3. broken apart because it froze in the subzero temps. I guess the surface temp would have to be just right for it to work.

  • Scott Manley

    Scott Manley

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  • renny otolinna
    renny otolinna2 dager siden

    9:56 "The great thing about tape though is... if it is not strong enough, you can just add multiple layers" MacGyver Approves This Message

  • BeyondJaded Totally
    BeyondJaded Totally2 dager siden

    Satisfying ending, that one! Thanks.

  • Leandro Arevalo
    Leandro Arevalo2 dager siden

    Maybe cling wrap your self

  • Vincent Harris
    Vincent Harris2 dager siden

    Just yes or no??? Spare us the details.

  • Blazed Gaming KR
    Blazed Gaming KR2 dager siden

    If you can't duct it, fuck it.

  • Diamond Tiara
    Diamond Tiara2 dager siden

    so basically what deep divers does. you get a bigger difference of presure diving in the depths than going from 0m to vacuum. it's all about decompression and gas. Ever watched The Big Blue ?

  • daszieher
    daszieher2 dager siden

    When science outdoes science-fiction.

  • rpcomms1
    rpcomms12 dager siden

    I think part of the "issue"here is grading of duct tape,there is a vast difference in consumer grade tape and industrial high grade duct tape,so you need to add that into the equation in terms ,density of material,adhesive factor.What exact type\specs would NASA use?

  • Pancho
    Pancho2 dager siden

    This video was actually really cool.

  • Felix Jung
    Felix Jung2 dager siden

    Damn your name is manly as it can be :)

  • MrRickkramer
    MrRickkramer2 dager siden

    Sometimes you gotta roll the hard six...

  • burningb24
    burningb242 dager siden

    Having made a body suit using Duct tape to cast my bod for a Cosplay it is an experience I care not to ever repeat your body starts to expand and you feel like your being suffocated , never mind using it as a Space suit..

  • Vincefeld
    Vincefeld2 dager siden

    Scott Manly? now thats a name i havent heard for a long time from YT recommendations.

  • jp
    jp2 dager siden

    it's duck tape, not duct tape. the name comes from the name of the cloth it was originally used in it's manufacturing, called duck cloth

  • Johan
    Johan2 dager siden

    14 psi is not much pressure. The first pilot pressure suits had combat boots over the feet. A fighter pilot G suit is probably fine as a space suit over the lower half of the body. Of course, actually moving in a space suit is a different story .

  • cdreid99999
    cdreid999992 dager siden

    Saw this and thought "clickbait" then saw Scott made it and instantly "oh this is legit!" Regarding duct tape and pressure. Im currently unloading a tanker at 15 psi as i type this. And we use duct tape amongst other things to patch hoses etc. This is less simple than youd think. If you just put duct tape over say a 1" hole..with multuple layers it will work. A 3" hole youd better be using a lot of layers of monster tape and its probably gping to fail. Much bigger and duct tape becomes too will leak then blow.. What you have to do is use it in a composite. Cut open a coke can or use hvac aluminum tape to spread the pressure and provide otger forms of strength than pure tensile strength. Or thin aluminum or plastic sheets then use duct tape to seal seems you keep small. What works better actually if you do it this way is the wide clear packimf tape. It has a MUCH higher tensile strength and is impervious to air.

  • William Rice
    William Rice2 dager siden

    Good to know... just in case

  • Sammy197
    Sammy1972 dager siden

    SPOILER ALERT: Honestly, I'm kinda glad those characters passed away in that scene, because otherwise it would've ruined the realism. In the end they died heroes, which is a good enough ending for me.

  • Doc Savage
    Doc Savage2 dager siden

    Duct Tape? MacGyver approved since 1985.

  • Ranibow Sprimkle
    Ranibow Sprimkle2 dager siden

    Love that new intro! 💚

    KLRJUNE2 dager siden

    It could be the difference between an open casket and closed casket funeral.

  • Robert Connor

    Robert Connor

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    I don't know, they were pretty swollen and bloody when they were doing the walk and I would not think NASA would spend the fuel to bring the deceased all the way from the moon.

  • Spencer Wayland
    Spencer Wayland2 dager siden

    If they used flex tape they would've lasted even longer

  • CrotchRoach
    CrotchRoach2 dager siden

    *Red Green Show theme intensifies*

  • MarcinP2
    MarcinP22 dager siden

    According to Popular Mechanics "the hose that supplied air to his suit became detached, and [Jim] LeBlanc was exposed to the effect of the vacuum for about 30 seconds. Fortunately, he was rescued from the vacuum chamber with almost no injuries, but if his rescuers had taken a little longer to reach him, he could have suffered severe health effects." The video is available on YT.

  • Charles Poole
    Charles Poole2 dager siden

    That awkward moment when you recognize where the "tin foil cosplay" photo was taken in like two seconds.

  • ValleysOfRain
    ValleysOfRain2 dager siden

    Bye Bob :(

  • Gnomie
    Gnomie2 dager siden

    10:22 "you don't need hundreds of rolls tape, you just need one or two" *flips off the people who think you need hundreds of rolls*

  • Unclefire
    Unclefire2 dager siden

    When I saw that I thought it was the biggest bunch of BS. Not just the lack of pressure, but temperature issues come into play as well.

  • victor forzani
    victor forzani2 dager siden

    so what happen when you have a super fart that smell like hell does it goes away.?

  • Robert Connor

    Robert Connor

    2 dager siden

    Hopefully, you should go to the toilet before you do an EVA. I wondered in the early days of space travel when they didn't want astronauts to poop much, why didn't NASA do a bowel prep like they do before you have a colonoscopy? That would have cleaned them out good and make more space for waste before needing to go.