How Would a Body Die in Outer Space?

  1. I'm doing research for a sci-novel I'm writing.

    I've read various answers to this question, but, how would a human body die in outer space if it were jetisoned from a ship, with no protective suit?

    Would it freeze to death? Suffocate? Explode? All of the above?

    And what's the sequence of biological events?
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  3. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,541
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    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009
  4. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,541
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    While this is true, your lungs are no longer of any use in the few minutes you have left to live.
  5. I've heard that your blood would essentially boil, or vaporize. Is this true?
  6. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,541
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    No. Your fluids are contained by your skin; they are not exposed directly to vacuum.
  7. sylas

    sylas 1,734
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    See also another thread: [thread=300079]This first thing that Kills a human in Space?[/thread].
  8. Thank you for the clarification.
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