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in ROTJ leia tells Han he has "hibernation sickness," however in Empire they are unaware if Han would survive the freezing i guess my question is was carbonite freezing common or.?

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    There's also an indication in the novelisation that pre-hyperspace ships used to use carbonite freezing as a form of suspended animation. So the answer is potentially thousands or even millions. It's considered undesirable though, due to the potential for side-effects and death.
    – Valorum
    Oct 5 '16 at 14:23
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    It could also be used to transport livestock so they are not running around the ship. In which case there may be some acceptable failure rate. Oct 7 '16 at 20:48

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