SyFy takes a look at the science behind surviving inside of a TaunTaun in honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The common knowledge, when someone is suffering from hypothermia, is to keep them warm by sharing body heat. So Han’s plan to keep Luke warm inside the recently deceased tauntaun makes sense on the surface. It’s sort of like a nice thick coat — at least, from a certain point of view.
The question then becomes: How much heat does a dead tauntaun offer, and how long can we reasonably expect that heat to stick around? In order to answer that question, we first need to understand what happens to a body once it stops metabolizing.
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