If the astronauts all carry along with them a ‘death pill’, as has been alluded to in movies like Apollo 13 and such, then what’s it made of and what are the protocols for its use? I assume they can’t just up and say, ‘Well, this isn’t going so hot… I’m outta here!’
At what point would it be decided to pop the pill and who makes that call- the astronauts, or the ground controllers? What’s the assumed protocol in all this, do they all take it at once, or does someone stick around to make sure everyone took their meds? Do they shut the place down before they ‘go’, or do they leave it running for the science of it all?
Considering the amount of training the astronauts take in other matters mostly mundane, this one’s a biggie, but it’s never talked about.
How’s it all work? I want the gory, grity, real details!