So I’m trying to make an orbital city, kind of like the ISS, but on a much bigger scale. And against all logic and reason, I want there to be balconies. Like, where someone can just step outside, wearing normal street clothes, with nothing in between them and space, and not die. I’ve gone down the list of things that are completely implausible about this scenario, but my two main sticking points are the lack of air and pressure.
So here’s my question: if you could just have a plant that could somehow survive in space, ejecting air out into space, at a constant rate, how big of a cloud of air would be needed for space to be survivable, both in terms of pressurization and breathability. Even if only for a few minutes. I know that any air released would eventually diffuse out into the vacuum, but if it was being produced fast enough, could the conditions be constantly survivable-ish?
- the air is coming from a bunch of plant-type things that are growing all over the hull of the station and can survive space because reasons
- the station is geostationary and pretty big, haven’t decided how big yet
- most of the living and working quarters are both inside and airtight, going outside every once in a while is really just something done for aesthetic purposes.