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Wow, I've just noticed a load of asteroids appearing in KSP's space center. My first thought isn't "What if they hit Kerbin and wipe out the entire Kerbal race?". It's "How much science can I get from them?"

Can I get science from asteroids?

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Yes, you can!

Just like any other experiment part (since Asteroids, too, are just parts), you can dock with the Asteroid using the Claw and then take a sample of it.

Just like other experiments, the result depends on the current location of your craft (altitude, sphere of influence, orbital parameters) with each such situation for each asteroid individually (unlike other experiments) yielding 60 Science.

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    So you're saying I should land my asteroid on Minmus, and roll it around to different biomes to gain massive science? – MBraedley Apr 8 '14 at 13:20
  • @MBraedley Basically, yes. I haven't tested it on non-Kerbin bodies, but afaik that should work as well. – user98085 Apr 8 '14 at 13:49
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    @MBraedley: That would seem to perfectly capture the essence of Kerbal science. – Ilmari Karonen Mar 3 '17 at 16:10

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