Luckily you can pulse drive straight through the enormous asteroid fields that spawn in low orbit around every planet. Conversely the rings around ringed planets are apparently two-dimensional space rainbows.
Yeah, I started a new save to see if the update improved anything. I do not think that slow text dialogs consisting 50% of the word "krzzt" are an interesting way to hint at a mysterious backstory. The number 16 is not a plausible encrypted message. I'm still spending a lot of time emptying sand out of my pockets and ferrying shitnacks back to the station when my inventory fills up.
Oh, and if you need nanites, don't forget to check every bin and plant pot in the station!