Why Temperature isn’t the only thing to Consider
Hypothermia begins to kick in when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit or colder
Straight temperatures aren’t all that matter. Brave adventurers should really consider wind chill — the temperature it “feels like” outside based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin, according to the National Weather Service.
For example, a temperature of 0°F and a wind speed of 15 mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19°F. Under these conditions frost bite can occur in just 30 minutes. In some areas of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, wind chill reached below negative 60 degrees, according to the NWS, when exposed skin can freeze in just freeze in 10 minutes.
Surprisingly, hypothermia can occur at any temperature lower than normal body temperature. Factors like body fat, age, alcohol consumption, and especially wetness can affect how long hypothermia takes to strike.
If you fall into water, the situation becomes drastically more dangerous.
For example, in water 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, you might not survive more than 15-to-45 minutes. You’ll undergo shock within the first two minutes and some functional disability before 30 minutes, according to the United States Coast Guard.
Coldest Recorded Temperature on Earth: −128.6 °F
First in line we have earths coldest recorded temperature at -128.6 °F, That may not sound thatttt cold, but when you consider the coldest Mount Everest ever gets (-76 °F), and given how many people struggle to make it up that mountain, you can begin to to put it into perspective.
Temperature of Saturn: -270 °F
2nd on the list we have Saturn, Saturn is the least dense planet in our solar system – it’s pretty much just a big ball of gas surrounded by 62 moons…
If you exclude the fact that’d you’d fall through Saturn and die in less than 2 seconds, and only count the cold, you’d be able to stand on Saturn for probably 5+ minutes before hypothermia sets in.
Temperature of Cryotherapy: -300°F
Because there is no set standard temperature for Cryotherapy you end up with a wide arrange of numbers, Nitrogen itself can reach temperatures as cold as -320 °F, which means that so can Cryotherapy, although more often than not it ranges from 250-300 Degrees, and you’re in there for 3 Minutes.
Air has poor thermal conductivity, so the person doesn’t immediately freeze, the ‘dead layer’ of the skin may get below 0C but the ‘alive’ skin will not (or else the consequences would be similar to freezing warts).
You could survive 5+ minutes in a Cryochamber before you’d any issues started to arise.
Temperature of Nitrogen: -321 °F
Nitrogen is one of the coldest substances found on earth, cryotherapy units specifically use Nitrogen gas – Liquid Nitrogen would freeze you much faster!
Temperature of Pluto: -369 °F
The last planet, or if you don’t count Pluto as a planet anymore.. Giant Rock… is also the coldest at -369 °F, only an additional -50 °F colder than Nitrogen/Cryotherapy!
Temperature of Space: -455 °F
Alright we’re nearing the end here… a full 130 °F colder than Nitrogen/Cryotherapy.
As with the rest of space and the plants we’ve covered – the issues is much less the cold, and more the atmosphere you’re in.
The first thing you would notice is the lack of air. You wouldn’t lose consciousness straight away; it might take up to 15 seconds as your body uses up the remaining oxygen reserves from your bloodstream, and — if you don’t hold your breath — you could perhaps survive for as long as two minutes without permanent injury.
If you do hold your breath, the loss of external pressure would cause the gas inside your lungs to expand, which will rupture the lungs and release air into the circulatory system. The first thing to do if you ever find yourself suddenly expelled into the vacuum of space is exhale.
The other things, you can’t really do much about. After about 10 seconds or so, your skin and the tissue underneath will begin to swell as the water in your body starts to vaporise in the absence of atmospheric pressure. You won’t balloon to the point of exploding, though, since human skin is strong enough to keep from bursting; and, if you’re brought back to atmospheric pressure, your skin and tissue will return to normal.
It also won’t affect your blood, since your circulatory system is able to keep your blood pressure regulated, unless you go into shock. The moisture on your tongue may begin to boil, though, as reported by Jim LeBlanc, who was exposed to near vacuum in a test chamber in 1965. LeBlanc’s suit sprung a leak, and he remained conscious for about 14 seconds; his last sensation was bubbling on his tongue (he was safely revived, as the researchers began repressurising the chamber almost immediately — after about 15 seconds).
Because you will be exposed to unfiltered cosmic radiation, you can expect some nasty sunburn, and you’ll probably also get a case of decompression sickness.You would not, however, freeze straight away, despite the extremely cold temperatures; heat does not leave the body quickly enough for you to freeze before you suffocate, due to the lack of both convection and conduction.
If you do die in space, your body will not decompose in the normal way, since there is no oxygen. If you were near a source of heat, your body would mummify; if you were not, it would freeze. If your body was sealed in a space suit, it would decompose, but only for as long as the oxygen lasted. Whichever the condition, though, your body would last for a very, very long time without air to facilitate weathering and degradation. Your corpse could drift in the vast expanse of space for millions of years.
Honestly if our bodies are going to last millions of years… I think I’d rather be blasted into space than buried under ground lol
At the physically impossible-to-reach temperature of zero kelvin, or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit(minus 273.15 degrees Celsius), atoms would stop moving.
As such, nothing can be colder than absolute zero on the Kelvin scale.
We’re Cryotherapy Technicians, not experts on Temperatures and space, so if some stuff seems a little patchy, or weird, you’ll have to forgive us, the intent is there, the information is good, and if you have any other Cryotherapy related questions you can totally visit our other Blogs.
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