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  1. It isn't just NASA with that problem. Boeing couldn't do that either government contract or no. Their shareholders would be filing SEC complaints.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eemian Makes a nice little vertical spike upwards on the paleo record, the other interglacials also do much the same. You also need to work a bit on the time-scale there. "when they happen over hundreds of thousands of years" is problematic to say the least, when it is rare for an interglacial to last much over 25,000 years. But if you want a closer look at the last 120 thousand years(rather than the 20K from XKCD), here's somewhere to start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Glacial_Period But this is mostly picking nits and you missing the forest
  3. I'm a big fan of solar powered heavy industry... In space. When you consider most of the ecological and environmental impacts we are having on the earth are linked to: 1) Mining(much of which can be done in space, if we invested in the tech to do so; there are some exceptions involving organic materials, but they're more the exception than the rule) 2) Processing of said mined materials. (Space based electric furnaces, powered by space based solar sounds somewhat viable. Just need to work out the technical issues of either operating an electric furnace in micro-gravity or in a simulated g
  4. Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei might have some words of caution to share in regards to panels of "experts in their field" being given positions of considerable power over decision making. The other issue regarding "climate change" is a whole lot of questioning about scale. Is part of what we're seeing caused by human activity? Yes. Irrefutably so on the micro scale, with some other macro-scale impacts from land use change being demonstrable. As to how much any specific factor is contributing to the global impacts? That's open to a very wide range of interpretation. The cl
  5. edit: Okay, found my issue causing the contract failure, disregard. I only thought they were alive because the command capsule survived. They were in the Hitchhiker Storage Container, which didn't survive. Ouch.
  6. From what I've seen, the EVA Science Experiment may be like a number of other experiments that once it has been done once at a given elevation, it is done for that portion of that SOI. So no running around from biome to biome seeking new places to play golf... Well, I guess you can still do that, but you won't get any additional science from it after the first report is sent back. And now that I've typed that out. I'm now wondering if somebody is working on a mod to allow people to do exactly that, either as a joke, or because they like golf that much.
  7. Some of the comments on it earlier made me want to say that it was tied to weight, not mass, and volume. In either case, a quick test while orbiting Kerbin says it is mass, and volume renders the discussion pointless. At 40 liters of volume available to a Kerbal, and the smallest deployable science item taking 25 liters of space, you would only be able to fit one on the back of your kerbal anyway.
  8. In the meantime, I guess someone can explore the bizarre realm of Kerbal Facial Propulsion techniques. Just line a bunch of Kerbals up on a section of ladder in space and see what happens.
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