Re: Rust In Space (Was: Gundam Fleet Composition Examples)

Prabal Nandy (nandy@U.Arizona.EDU)
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 23:27:11 -0700 (MST)

> >Which does beg the question of why space junk in Gundam always looks
> >corroded and rusty. There's relatively little water in the colonies

  It's not _water_ that makes rust, it's _Oxygen_!

> Exposure to vaccuum can have corrosive effects on some materiels, as some
> of their constituent parts boil off. What remains can then react
> chemically with other remaindered materials that were previously inert.

  Probably the only thing that could cause colony and spacecraft materials
to 'rust' so thoroughly in space is simply the presence of oxygen (from
the atmosphere) and extreeme heat (from the explosion) together... this
can instantly rust metals.

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