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Right now there are many people struggling on Earth to get clean drinking water, so water scarcity is a real world thing that certainly wouldn't be any better for spacefarers. One problem with water that is on the Earth is that it's very expensive to send it into space. That's analogous to the problem of moving water around on the Earth. Sure there's plenty ...


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The deal that the creators of “The Expanse” cut with Syfy was focused on live (aka: “linear viewing”) on Syfy with streaming happening on Amazon Prime. I am not expert on the specifics of how TV production and airing deals are cut, but the first article you link to states the following; bold emphasis is mine: “The cancellation decision by Syfy is said to ...


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How was that scene filmed? Wirework and CGI for the hair. Syfy has an "Inside The Expanse" series of 'behind the scenes' videos. In the case of this specific scene, it's shown at the very beginning of the first instalment. These are also on Youtube. Episode 1:


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It has been captured under the "law of salvage": This has been addressed in the show and in the books - by the law of salvage, whoever claims abandoned vessel in space has the right to keep it. Of course, Mars wasn't too happy about it, but it cannot act with force, as this will further destabilise the political situation within the system. In the ...


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... and that Naomi secretly gave Fred the location of the hidden proto-molecule torpedo? Exactly this has not yet happened at the moment of the Fred-Holden conversation (S02E08); only in a later episode does Naomi give away the location of the protomolecule sample. And the protomolecule is indeed the motivation behind Fred's "hostility": Holden is heading ...


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From the second book, Caliban's War, Chapter 48: “Okay,” Holden said. “That was bad.” “What?” Avasarala said. “What was bad?” “One of the Earth ships just took three torpedo hits.” “It that a lot?” “The PDCs (Point Defense Cannons) aren’t stopping them,” Naomi said. “Those UN torpedoes all have transponder codes that mark them as friends, so they’re sailing ...


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If you have only watched the first (few) episode(s), I suggest you don't read this answer and watch the rest of the episodes. I don't quite understand the premise of the question. Private military contractors and mercenaries (so-called "soldiers of fortune") have existed for a considerable amount of time in real life. Why do people become a mercenary and ...


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Martians are known for their excellence in science and research (stealth ships, the best navy, etc). Why wouldn't they use their own private companies, or perhaps government organisations It is unclear exactly how much the MCR outsources on a daily basis. Just because MCR has state-of-the-art technology does not inherently prove that they made it all from ...


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A lot of this goes unmentioned (probably due to lack of time) in the TV series but essentially the battle was caused due to the attack by the proto-moloecule warrior created by the Protogen Corporation and a misunderstanding of the situation by Earth/UN and Mars forces. The situation is explained a little more in the novel Caliban's War where it established ...


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No-one said cheese was illegal, per se. It's like claiming Scotch Whisky is illegal in Scotland. What was most probably illicit about it, in a society where even air has a price, was that it was being made unlicensed & therefore untaxed. The conversation in which it's mentioned is really used as a bit of camaraderie, joking between friends about some ...


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In the book, Melba get's captured on the Rocinante and has a change of heart basically directly after talking to Anna. In particular, she's overcome with guilt over killing Ren. In the show Melba's change of heart has more to do with being interred next to James Holden, hearing his desperate one-sided conversations with Miller, and realizing that Holden is ...


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I've only watched 1 1/2 seasons, but I think I've seen enough to form a good answer. Throughout The Expanse, there are multiple occasions where you might hear an English version of something, and then that same phrase in another language. Just from memory, on Ceres you can hear Creole and Hindi spoken at different times, and probably others that I didn't ...


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I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams. It has also been covered numerous times by everybody from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Volbeat Alex singing: Hank Williams:


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My guess is that Jane himself is driving his character's look, possibly as a fan of the artists I mentioned, facilitated by wardrobe and makeup people with an appreciation of that aesthetic. As far as I'm aware, there is no proof of that. However, there is a tiny bit of supporting evidence that Joe Miller (the character played by Jane) drives his own ...


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also [Sorry I don't have episode numbers--been a while since I watched it. I can assure you that in the books, there is a healthy amount of traditional lying, not just lying by omission.]


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Some information missing from the other two answers. The MCRN is in the process of terraforming Mars, and as part of that are taking up quite a bit of the available water in the system. This, among the other problems, puts a significant strain on the water supply in the system. Also, even on Ceres, the water doesn't go there and stay there. Ships that ...


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Something like "retrograde thrust". You pretty much nailed it there. It's usually applied to orbital manoeuvres since we currently don't venture out much further than Earth/Lunar orbit A retrograde orientation is one that has the ship facing in the opposite direction from its direction of travel in its orbit. A retrograde burn is one in that ...


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AFAIK the correct answer isn't scarcity. There is PLENTY of water in space. The overriding concern is ∆v. Space travel is energy intensive and requires expensive hardware, and is therefore costly. Water is dumb, heavy mass, and humans need a lot of it. Any mass dedicated to hauling water could be instead used to hall smarter matter, or propellant (if it ...


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