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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Slow and Steady"
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siege From: siege Date: July 8th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Another note to consider is that Skylab and Mir both had problems with mold and algae accumulations. Scrubbing the dust of human occupation from a zillion computer panels daily would have helped, but since those panels were all behind the walls, and most of them were active, and the occupants had other things they needed to do, there wasn't much choice to do that.

Also, Mir is described in its Wikipedia article as having had problems with coolant leaks, impacts, and radiation.

On top of that, radiation is known, over time, to cause many metal alloys to become brittle, especially carbon steel (due to the possibility of carbon decay). So impacts and other accidents would cause increasing damage over time as the materials lost their ability to rebound and thus absorb the kinetic energy.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 11th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

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