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How Would a Body Die in Outer Space?

  1. Mar 30, 2009 #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. Mar 30, 2009 #2

    DaveC426913

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  4. May 3, 2009 #3

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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. May 6, 2009 #4
    I've heard that your blood would essentially boil, or vaporize. Is this true?
     
  6. May 6, 2009 #5

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    No. Your fluids are contained by your skin; they are not exposed directly to vacuum.
     
  7. May 6, 2009 #6

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    See also another thread: [thread=300079]This first thing that Kills a human in Space?[/thread].
     
  8. May 6, 2009 #7
    Thank you for the clarification.
     
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