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9th Jun '16 9:02:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/CJCherryh's ''ChanurSaga'', it is mentioned that the cargo hold is really cold because they only turn the heating on when they're actually working inside. This might be accurate, though, as the amount of time they spend between stations is indeterminate due to time dilation.

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* In Creator/CJCherryh's ''ChanurSaga'', ''Literature/ChanurSaga'', it is mentioned that the cargo hold is really cold because they only turn the heating on when they're actually working inside. This might be accurate, though, as the amount of time they spend between stations is indeterminate due to time dilation.
8th Jun '16 12:06:10 PM Scorpion451
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* At the orbit of Venus, you'd burn to death. Don't even think about it because the Sun will(!) fry you fairly quickly. [[note]]Not instantaneously, mind you. Even at the orbit of Mercury it'd be like standing next to an open blast furnace. Not advisable by any means, but survivable for very brief periods.[[/note]]

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* At Inside the orbit of Venus, you'd burn bake to death. Don't even think about it because the Sun will(!) fry you death fairly quickly. [[note]]Not quickly- but still not instantaneously, mind you. Even at Mercury's closest solar approach, equatorial surface temperatures top out around 700°K (~800°F)- this is only a third the orbit temperature of Mercury your typical charcoal fire. Like putting your hand on a grill, it'd be like standing next to an open blast furnace. Not advisable by any means, harmful but survivable for very brief periods.[[/note]]exposures.



* At the orbit of Mars, you'd freeze, but rather slowly.

As for spaceships becoming incredibly cold when left without power, the real trouble with spaceships is getting ''rid'' of all the heat they produce, so that the engines don't cook the crew to death. Indeed, spaceships are designed to radiate heat as much as possible, and have heaters that more or less kick on when their engines aren't burning. That's why everything was cold in Apollo 13.

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* At the orbit of Mars, Mars or beyond, you'd freeze, but rather slowly.

slowly. Even in the outer solar system, you'd be slightly more concerned about running out of air or contracting the bends than freezing to death.

As for spaceships becoming incredibly cold when left without power, the real trouble with spaceships is getting ''rid'' of all the heat they produce, so that the engines don't cook the crew to death. Indeed, spaceships are designed to radiate heat as much as possible, and have heaters that more or less kick on when their engines electronics aren't burning. running or they pass into the shadow of a world. That's why everything was cold in Apollo 13.
13- all the 60's era electronics that doubled as space heaters were turned off to save power.
8th Jun '16 11:17:51 AM Scorpion451
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* At the orbit of Venus, you'd burn to death. Don't even think about it because the Sun will(!) fry you.

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* At the orbit of Venus, you'd burn to death. Don't even think about it because the Sun will(!) fry you.you fairly quickly. [[note]]Not instantaneously, mind you. Even at the orbit of Mercury it'd be like standing next to an open blast furnace. Not advisable by any means, but survivable for very brief periods.[[/note]]
4th May '16 6:12:32 PM Vir
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* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' TV episode "Blast from the Past", one of Sniffles' failed attempts to make sure Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy and Lumpy don't get maimed on a playground leads to him oiling up a seesaw. When Lumpy presses down on his end, Cuddles gets sent flying into space and instantly freezes, where he's then [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]] by a passing satellite.

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* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' TV episode "Blast from the Past", one of Sniffles' failed attempts to use his time machine to make sure Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy and Lumpy don't get maimed on a playground leads to involves him oiling up a seesaw. When Lumpy presses down on his end, Cuddles gets sent flying into space and instantly freezes, where he's then [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]] by a passing satellite.
4th May '16 6:11:24 PM Vir
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* ''{{Starbound}}'' plays it straight as well, your character freezes quite fast on moons and in asteroid fields unless wearing something warm like snow infantry armor or aegisalt armors and above, that or just simply start a campfire.

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* ''{{Starbound}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' plays it straight as well, your character freezes quite fast on moons and in asteroid fields unless wearing something warm like snow infantry armor or aegisalt armors and above, that or just simply start a campfire.


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* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' TV episode "Blast from the Past", one of Sniffles' failed attempts to make sure Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy and Lumpy don't get maimed on a playground leads to him oiling up a seesaw. When Lumpy presses down on his end, Cuddles gets sent flying into space and instantly freezes, where he's then [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]] by a passing satellite.
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12th Apr '16 1:08:54 PM ewap
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** In fact, as this troper has seen with her own eyes, the water in vacuum (or at least, severely reduced pressure) does simultaneously boil and freeze. Boiling takes energy (phase-change energy), and it is enough to freeze the rest of the water (we have made a really nice popsicle in a big vacuum chamber, sorry, no foto).

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** In fact, as this troper has seen with her own eyes, the water in vacuum (or at least, severely reduced pressure) does simultaneously boil and freeze. Boiling takes energy (phase-change energy), and it is enough to freeze the rest of the water (we have made a really nice popsicle icicle in a big vacuum chamber, sorry, no foto).
12th Apr '16 1:02:18 PM ewap
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**In fact, as this troper has seen with her own eyes, the water in vacuum (or at least, severely reduced pressure) does simultaneously boil and freeze. Boiling takes energy (phase-change energy), and it is enough to freeze the rest of the water (we have made a really nice popsicle in a big vacuum chamber, sorry, no foto).
22nd Feb '16 2:59:28 AM timotaka
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* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' also carried this trope to an extreme; when performing a dangerous jump across space from one spaceship to another, crew members wrapped themselves in the ship's insulation. All were shivering and one had developed frostbite from the time in space (which appeared to be thirty seconds, at most). There was also a guy whose [[LiterallyShatteredLives body shattered]] when he struck a part of the ship. Made even sillier since they don't follow their own Movie Physics: The crew states that space is -272 degrees Celsius, just above absolute zero. If space really was that cold and it had enough particles to freeze a bare person so quickly, a few sheets of insulation aren't going to protect you from instantaneously turning into a block of ice when they blow the airlock. Keep in mind the actual temperature of space could easily be 3 kelvins, or -270 degrees Celsius.

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* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' also carried this trope to an extreme; when performing a dangerous jump across space from one spaceship to another, crew members wrapped themselves in the ship's insulation. All were shivering and one had developed frostbite from the time in space (which appeared to be thirty seconds, at most). There was also a guy whose [[LiterallyShatteredLives body shattered]] when he struck a part of the ship. Made even sillier since they don't follow their own Movie Physics: The crew states that space is -272 degrees Celsius, just above absolute zero. If space really was that cold and it had enough particles to freeze a bare person so quickly, a few sheets of insulation aren't going to protect you from instantaneously turning into a block of ice when they blow the airlock. Keep in mind the actual temperature of space could easily be 3 kelvins, or -270 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, as the ship had been heading straight towards the sun for a good while, they should have been burning, not freezing.
22nd Jan '16 8:36:42 AM Cuddles
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* Averting this is a major point in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' and its sequel. Spaceships radiate heat using their [[DeflectorShields shields]]. When under fire, the shield generators generate heat faster than it can be radiated. Shields in this universe are essentially impenetrable, so space battles only end when one ship accumulates too much heat and vaporises itself. In the sequel, the Moties have developed a way of increasing the radius of their shields as they heat up, giving them a larger surface area to radiate heat and allowing them to last much longer in combat that human ships. Unfortunately for them, the only wormhole out of their system ends in the atmosphere of a star (which they don't know about), so their expanding shields end up absorbing heat much faster and destroying them rather than allowing them to fight their way out.


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** This is actually a problem for all infrared imaging. Since an infrared camera itself has a temperature and radiates infrared, any signal from an object the same temperature or cooler than it will be swamped by its own radiation. This makes it important to prevent infrared cameras getting too hot, since you won't be able to see body heat if the camera is at body temperature. Telescopes have more of a problem because they're usually looking at very long wavelengths and need to be very cold to avoid producing those wavelengths themselves. This also explains why heat-sensing organs can be found in cold-blooded creatures like snakes, but not in any warm-blooded animals - a snake can see a mouse in infrared, but a mouse wouldn't be able to see the snake.
20th Dec '15 6:33:37 PM eroock
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->''Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the old Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold... in space.''

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->''Ah, ->''"Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the old Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold... in space.''"''
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