As you may know from reading my previous post I’ve recently got back into Kerbal Space Program due to the release of a career mode. In this mode you have to preform science experiments to unlock new parts for your craft. There are two ways of returning the results to your space centre, you can either transmit them from you ship which incurs losses, or you can land and manually recover the ship and all available science data on it. There has been a lot of talk between me and my friends about which way is best. I initially though that landing at home and doing a manual recovery would obviously gives the most data, but it can be inconvenient if you’re doing sample analysis on a far away planet. There is also the added complication that repeat experiments give diminishing science returns.
Luckily through reading around on the forums and doing a bit of maths I have come to the surprising discovery that if you do enough science it doesn’t matter how you get it home.