Scenario: I use a goo experiment and the green bar shows I will get 15 science

If I observe another goo straight after , it also shows I will be getting 15 science.

But when I recover the spacecraft, I don't receive 30 science.

Can someone explain why this occurs and what can be done to avoid an accidental repetition of a science experiment?

Note: I don't remember this occuring in previous versions ( I may be wrong)

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    You can only get the full 15 science from recovering one of the reports, but either of the reports can get you that 15 science depending on which is recovered first, so the game shows 15 for both until you recover one.
    – user86571
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 6:48

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Experiments experience diminishing returns: the more times you run the same experiment, the less Science you receive from it. This prevents you from breaking the game by, say, strapping 500 Mystery Goo Containers onto a rocket, firing it five feet off the ground, then recovering it.

The reason the game says both Goo Containers will net you 15 Science is because, as Ross Ridge said in the comments, it doesn't know which one will get recovered first (if at all) until you actually recover the craft.

The Science Center building in the KSC keeps track of which experiments you've run in which locations - this is available from the second tab (thanks @Philipp). You can consult this before launching a new mission to make sure you're not repeating any experiments you've already done.

The simplest way to avoid repeating experiments during the same mission is to only take one of that experiment - most are so light that they aren't going to significantly affect your craft's balance. Alternately, you can run each of the experiments in a different biome, which will count as two separate results (provided you haven't run that experiment in that biome before).

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    The building is the science center. The screen which shows you which experiments you already made at which locations is on the second tab.
    – Philipp
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 12:00
  • @Philipp Thanks, I couldn't remember if that was the name or not. I've corrected myself now.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 12:11

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