To The Escape Pod!


Space capsule painting by Anton Brzezinski © Forrest J. Ackerman Collection/CORBIS

Ever wanted to climb into the safe, metal womb of an escape pod and blast yourself free of this doomed vessel called life? Sure you have, but in the meantime consider some of the real-life air, space and terrestrial escape capsules that humans have envisioned over the years. Robert and Joe tell you all about it in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast.

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Nov. 21, 1959 - Visitors to Stanley Aviation in Aurora, Colorado see a B-58 survival capsule, dubbed "the torture chamber," under development.
Nov. 21, 1959 - Visitors to Stanley Aviation in Aurora, Colorado see a B-58 survival capsule, dubbed "the torture chamber," under development.
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USAF XB-70 Valkyrie in Flight with TB-58 Hustler Chase Plane
USAF XB-70 Valkyrie in Flight with TB-58 Hustler Chase Plane
Erik Simonsen/Photographer's Choice/Getty
An air-to-air front view of an F-111 aircraft over the Mediterranean.
An air-to-air front view of an F-111 aircraft over the Mediterranean.
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Rescuer Manuel Gonzalez gets into the Fenix capsule, starting the rescue operation of the 33 trapped miners,at the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
Rescuer Manuel Gonzalez gets into the Fenix capsule, starting the rescue operation of the 33 trapped miners,at the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
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Topics in this Podcast: space exploration, Aircraft