History Main / SpaceIsCold

13th Aug '17 11:07:09 PM MrMaplesyrup1
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The first reason is that temperature and heat are physical properties of matter. Space is the exact opposite of matter. Space is the absence of all matter. Asking "what is the temperature of space?" is like asking a bald person what their hair color is.[[note]]Technically, space is not completely empty; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_medium the interstellar medium can actually reach a density of about one million molecules per cubic centimeter, and even in its least dense areas it still has about 100 ions per cubic meter]], and you can find the temperature of the few atoms present. The Local Interstellar Cloud we're in has an average temperature of around 6000K, comparable to the surface of the sun, but since there are so few atoms (about 0.3 per cubic centimeter), it doesn't really matter. And a bald person may still have body hair.[[/note]] This means you cannot touch space because there is nothing to touch in the first place. This in turn means heat loss by convection or conduction cannot happen in space. (Touching the surface of your spacecraft, however, can be a whole different story). This is how a thermos works, by the way; there is a near-vacuum surrounding the storage space, preventing heat from passing through.

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The first reason is that temperature and heat are physical properties of matter. Space is the exact opposite of matter.matter[[note]]Creator/TerryPratchett would disagree[[/note]]. Space is the absence of all matter. Asking "what is the temperature of space?" is like asking a bald person what their hair color is.[[note]]Technically, space is not completely empty; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_medium the interstellar medium can actually reach a density of about one million molecules per cubic centimeter, and even in its least dense areas it still has about 100 ions per cubic meter]], and you can find the temperature of the few atoms present. The Local Interstellar Cloud we're in has an average temperature of around 6000K, comparable to the surface of the sun, but since there are so few atoms (about 0.3 per cubic centimeter), it doesn't really matter. And a bald person may still have body hair.[[/note]] This means you cannot touch space because there is nothing to touch in the first place. This in turn means heat loss by convection or conduction cannot happen in space. (Touching the surface of your spacecraft, however, can be a whole different story). This is how a thermos works, by the way; there is a near-vacuum surrounding the storage space, preventing heat from passing through.
27th Jul '17 8:07:51 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': The first episode features the class landing on Pluto, which has an atmosphere that is very cold but also ''extremely'' thin (at most estimated to have 1/350,000 the air pressure of the surface of the Earth), after Janet is stubborn about leaving Arnold forces the issue by removing his helmet, his head instantly freezes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': The first episode features the class landing on Pluto, which has an atmosphere that is very cold but also ''extremely'' thin (at most estimated to have 1/350,000 the air pressure of the surface of the Earth), after Earth). After Janet is stubborn about leaving Arnold forces the issue by removing his helmet, his head instantly freezes.[[InstantIceJustAddCold is covered in ice]], [[HarmlessFreezing but the only long-term effect is a cold]]. The AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segment points out Arnold could not realistically survive, but claim the cold should have effected him even ''more'', instead of pointing out the many other negative effects of exposure to a near vacuum.
9th Jul '17 3:21:00 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed in the ''FlightOfTheConchords'' song "Bowie", in which they ask if the coldness in space makes your nipples pointy.

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* Spoofed in the ''FlightOfTheConchords'' Music/FlightOfTheConchords song "Bowie", in which they ask if the coldness in space makes your nipples pointy.
30th May '17 6:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* Being a show that usually does the research, ''TheWestWing'' gets it right in the S1 finale "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?" The space shuttle ''Columbia'' is experiencing problems preparing for re-entry, with Toby's brother on board:

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* Being a show that usually does the research, ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' gets it right in the S1 finale "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?" The space shuttle ''Columbia'' is experiencing problems preparing for re-entry, with Toby's brother on board:
22nd May '17 7:19:16 PM PaulA
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* In Joe Haldeman's ''ForeverWar'', it is also carefully averted: The PoweredArmor used by the military on frigid planets around dead stars actually requires radiators to boil away the heat and keeping most of the suit's outside cool enough not to boil the solid hydrogen or methane they are standing on; If a radiator malfunctions, the human inside runs risk of dying of the ''heat'' in the vacuum of space.

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* In Joe Haldeman's ''ForeverWar'', ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', it is also carefully averted: The PoweredArmor used by the military on frigid planets around dead stars actually requires radiators to boil away the heat and keeping most of the suit's outside cool enough not to boil the solid hydrogen or methane they are standing on; If a radiator malfunctions, the human inside runs risk of dying of the ''heat'' in the vacuum of space.
23rd Apr '17 4:23:27 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in both ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' in general and TranshumanSpace in particular. The books go out of the way to remind that space ''itself'' is neither hot nor cold.

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* Averted in both ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' in general and TranshumanSpace ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' in particular. The books go out of the way to remind that space ''itself'' is neither hot nor cold.
23rd Apr '17 10:24:34 AM nombretomado
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* The intro to ''SwordOfTheStars II: Lords of Winter'' shows a [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]] teleporting into space from an ocean, appearing to be encased in a shell of water which has flash-frozen in space. The Suul'ka then breaks the icy shell, signifying its "birth".

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* The intro to ''SwordOfTheStars ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars II: Lords of Winter'' shows a [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]] teleporting into space from an ocean, appearing to be encased in a shell of water which has flash-frozen in space. The Suul'ka then breaks the icy shell, signifying its "birth".
8th Mar '17 11:21:31 AM nombretomado
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* Used several times in the ''MechWarrior'' series of video games, where battles in space or on planets with no atmosphere allowed your Mech to cool off much faster than normal. Mechs and aerospace fighters are described as using ''heat sinks'' to vent heat, which are sometimes described as being specialized to work in a vacuum. ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'' has the map, Extremity, which takes place on a rotating asteroid near a star. At night, temperatures drop to -150 degrees Celsius, causing all the industrial-runoff lakes to freeze over. [[AvertedTrope When the sun comes up, however, the temperature skyrockets to 250 degrees Celsius]], causing part of the asteroid's surface to vaporize, the lakes to melt, and causing players to [[OverHeating overheat]] their [[HumongousMecha battlemechs]] even more easily

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* Used several times in the ''MechWarrior'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' series of video games, where battles in space or on planets with no atmosphere allowed your Mech to cool off much faster than normal. Mechs and aerospace fighters are described as using ''heat sinks'' to vent heat, which are sometimes described as being specialized to work in a vacuum. ''Mechwarrior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior Living Legends'' has the map, Extremity, which takes place on a rotating asteroid near a star. At night, temperatures drop to -150 degrees Celsius, causing all the industrial-runoff lakes to freeze over. [[AvertedTrope When the sun comes up, however, the temperature skyrockets to 250 degrees Celsius]], causing part of the asteroid's surface to vaporize, the lakes to melt, and causing players to [[OverHeating overheat]] their [[HumongousMecha battlemechs]] even more easily
3rd Mar '17 10:52:50 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' The first episode features the class landing on Pluto, which has an atmosphere that is very cold but also ''extremely'' thin (at most estimated to have 1/350,000 the air pressure of the surface of the Earth), after Janet is stubborn about leaving Arnold forces the issue by removing his helmet, his head instantly freezes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': The first episode features the class landing on Pluto, which has an atmosphere that is very cold but also ''extremely'' thin (at most estimated to have 1/350,000 the air pressure of the surface of the Earth), after Janet is stubborn about leaving Arnold forces the issue by removing his helmet, his head instantly freezes.
3rd Mar '17 10:52:23 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' averts this. The Autobots have no problems in space, they have a lot more concern with the Arctic, though, where Sub-zero temperatures are a major concern.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' averts this. The Autobots have no problems in space, they have a lot more concern with the Arctic, though, where Sub-zero sub-zero temperatures are a major concern.



* In the first ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken Franchise/StarWars'' special, [[TheScrappy Jar-Jar]] comes onboard an Imperial ship to visit Darth Vader. Vader tells him to get into an escape pod before the Separatists attack, believing that Jar-Jar won't know that the CIS has been wiped out, when in actuality he's put him into the airlock. Upon being jettisoned into space, Jar-Jar instantly freezes to death.



* The crew of the Apollo 13 had to shut down almost all of the electronic systems to conserve power after an explosion crippled their ship. After ''three days'', the astronauts reported ''near''-freezing temperatures in the Lunar Module and even condensation and ice forming on the interior. The only reason the temperature situation was so bad was because the Apollo command modules, Odyssey included, had been designed to radiate ''extra'' heat and make up the difference from waste heat from the electronics. After all, it's a lot easier to make heat than get rid of it. Shown in [[Film/{{Apollo13}} the movie]].

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* The crew of the Apollo 13 had to shut down almost all of the electronic systems to conserve power after an explosion crippled their ship. After ''three days'', the astronauts reported ''near''-freezing temperatures in the Lunar Module and even condensation and ice forming on the interior. The only reason the temperature situation was so bad was because the Apollo command modules, Odyssey included, had been designed to radiate ''extra'' heat and make up the difference from waste heat from the electronics. After all, it's a lot easier to make heat than get rid of it. Shown in [[Film/{{Apollo13}} [[Film/Apollo13 the movie]].
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