The question ISS Electromagnetic anchoring asks if the hull of the ISS were ferromagnetic, which would allow astronauts on EVAs to use magnetic grapples to assist in moving around.

The answer sadly, no made me wonder if perhaps there might might be an up side to the hull being non-magnetic as well (besides of course the reasons given in the answer).

If the hull of the ISS were substantially ferromagnetic, what kinds of problems would that cause?

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    $\begingroup$ It'd be very heavy. $\endgroup$
    – RoboKaren
    Oct 8 '16 at 0:45
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    $\begingroup$ And the compass which the shuttle used for navigation, as seen in the fine motion picture "The Core", would have been adversely affected. $\endgroup$ Oct 8 '16 at 0:47
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    $\begingroup$ @RoboKaren is right -- first and foremost, it would be too heavy to launch. $\endgroup$
    – Tristan
    Nov 2 '16 at 19:42

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