The Rare Norm a couple of months ago Share Tweet Pin Share Maybe if you were chucked into space naked like in Event Horizon… but a leaky glove should experience the gas laws like anything else in the universe. Lowering the pressure and rapidly expanding the volume of a gas cools it, it’s going to get cooler near the hole, and if the air has any moisture, it’s going to freeze into snow near that hole. Rapid cooling like that could easily have given the astronaut a tiny patch of frostbite. Think about it this way – a space suit is like an aerosol can, the hole is like, well, the hole at the top. Press the button and let some gas out, the can cools. Do it fast enough while holding the can, and it’ll frostburn your hand. edit: Turns out, Rick Mastracchio’s glove rip didn’t even penetrate the suit, just the outer layer of the glove. There was probably not injury to his hand at all. At least not any I can find with a short amount of searching.