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No one can hear you scream! April 7, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Personal, Pop Culture, Science, Technology.

You’ve seen the movies, read the books, and had hours & hours of discussion about it, but just how long could you survive in space before a passing Vogon ship picked you up?

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
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1. Sandy (Momisodes) - April 7, 2008

LOL! You did better than me:
I could survive for 1 minute 17 seconds !

The description is oh so pleasant:
In the first 30 seconds any fluid on the surface of your body would begin to boil due to lack of ambient pressure, this includes the saliva on your tongue and the moisture in your eyes. Your eardrums would most likely burst due to the pressure in your body trying to equalize with the vacuum outside. Unlike what some science fiction films have suggested, your body would not explode.

After the first 15 seconds you would lose consciousness. If you held your breath you could potentially stay alive longer but you risk pulmonary trauma. If you didn’t hold your breath you’d pass out sooner, but your lungs might have a better chance of avoiding permanent damage.

The pressure in your veins would rise until your heart no longer had the capacity to pump blood, at which point you’d die.

2. davegoblog - April 8, 2008

Sandy – Good job! I think I “survived” longer because I held my breath. I wonder what the optimal conditions are?

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