Research & Development Department
KSC's Research & Development Department is one of the very few agencies in KSP's career mode that's not a manufacturer of any parts. The contracts it funds are focused entirely on gathering Science data and doing things that have never been done before. Crew survival isn't unwelcome either.
|“||The Space Program's own Research & Development Department. Headed by celebrity rocket scientist Wernher von Kerman, these guys are the brains of the whole operation. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, no piece of data is too small or too irrelevant, and increasing the accumulated knowledge of Kerbalkind is their main motivation. Our resident geniuses only ask to be given due academic credit for their contributions to science, and that all astronauts PLEASE refrain from entering the labs without cleaning their boots first.||”|
The result for taking a surface sample at KSC as the substance that “makes the scientists yell at us when we go into the labs without cleaning our boots first”. This theme may be a reference to real-life cases of extraterrestrial scientific samples being contaminated by terrestrial materials, such as the Earth bacteria discovered on drill bits used by Curiosity while on Mars.