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How long can the average person last in space without a space suit?

Asked by talljasperman (21858points) August 15th, 2015

Also do certain types of people last longer without a space suit? Ie male/female , race , health,

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Dude, do you realize what happens when you step out in zero air pressure and minus 276 degrees F?

talljasperman's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe No. But Enterprise showed captain archer surviving outer space for a second.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You believe what you see on TV? Your blood boils the second you step out and you freeze in seconds.

Mimishu1995's avatar

0,0000000001 second, because your body will be torned to piece due to the pressure of the body itsef.

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gondwanalon's avatar

Dissolved gasses in your blood would bubble out so fast that you would instantly explode. How long can you live when your body has blown up. Not too long.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Regardless of your physical condition, sex or amount of pigmentation in your skin you go from 0 to “light years beyond fucked” pretty much instantly.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

^^ Haha!

Would you explode, though? I was always under the impression that you’d implode.

According to Scientific American ”...animal experiments and human accidents have shown that people can likely survive exposure to vacuum conditions for at least a couple of minutes. Not that you would remain conscious long enough to rescue yourself, but if your predicament was accidental, there could be time for fellow crew members to rescue and repressurize you with few ill effects.

jca's avatar

Your body also needs oxygen, without which you would be dead in a few minutes, tops.

ibstubro's avatar

Excellent info and link, @Pandora!
Counter the misinformation.

Zaku's avatar

Huh. I thought this was discussed in an earlier Fluther question (years ago, but I didn’t find it). I remember it can be bad for your ears and eyes, and yes it’s cold but also complete vacuum doesn’t conduct heat all that fast (compared to very cold air) so you don’t freeze instantly. Can be survived for a short time but not good for you. Do not try at home.

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