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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]].
7th Feb '17 2:34:43 PM StarSword
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* Cooling issues provide the major limitation on spaceship construction and travel in ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries''. Ships cool in the Continuum even poorer than in realspace, so they have to store their waste heat in large iron heat sinks aboard, which leads to a variant on the [[[https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition30/tryanny.html Tyranny of the Rocket Equation]].[[note]]Iron produces drag on moving objects when present in the Continuum, meaning that ships produce even ''more'' heat pulling their own heat sinks.[[/note]] Once they make planetfall, ships have to cool their heat sinks with pumped-in fresh water, a process that takes days and tends to cause rainstorms across the region.
3rd Jan '17 8:55:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* Surprisingly averted in ''[[Literature/LineOfDelirium Emperors of Illusions]]'', where two characters bail out of a doomed ship in PoweredArmor not really meant for long-term vacuum exposure. One of the characters is wondering what will kill them first: the lack of oxygen or them boiling in their own armor (i.e. due to the heat build-up and few ways of shedding it). They get rescued by a DeusExMachina before this happens, though.
29th Dec '16 10:33:18 PM Xtifr
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* Nicely addressed and averted in Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', in which a character is able to wear a thin, non-insulating suit to walk on a no-atmosphere planet and begins to feel uncomfortably cold in the suit only after he's entered a facility with a pressurized atmosphere.

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* Nicely addressed and averted in Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'', in which a character is able to wear a thin, non-insulating suit to walk on a no-atmosphere planet and begins to feel uncomfortably cold in the suit only after he's entered a facility with a pressurized atmosphere.
28th Dec '16 11:20:11 PM Xtifr
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* Nicely addressed and averted in Creator/CharlesStross's [[TheLaundrySeries Atrocity Archives]], in which a character is able to wear a thin, non-insulating suit to walk on a no-atmosphere planet and begins to feel uncomfortably cold in the suit only after he's entered a facility with a pressurized atmosphere.

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* Nicely addressed and averted in Creator/CharlesStross's [[TheLaundrySeries Atrocity Archives]], ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', in which a character is able to wear a thin, non-insulating suit to walk on a no-atmosphere planet and begins to feel uncomfortably cold in the suit only after he's entered a facility with a pressurized atmosphere.
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