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Space Exploration is primarily about spacecraft, how to send them to space, and their functions there. Specifically, questions on these topics are encouraged:

  • Specific aspects of space exploration
  • Satellite design and operation
  • Systems with potential use in space
  • Launch systems, facilities and support infrastructure
  • Scientific discoveries made by space probes
  • Heliophysics and planetary science
  • History of spaceflight
  • Trajectory design, orbital and celestial mechanics
  • Space policy, legislation, procedures, terminology
  • Scientific experiments done in microgravity environment
  • Enabling technologies and advances in medical science pertaining to space exploration

Questions about these topics (and many others) are not on-topic here:

  • Anything not directly related to space exploration
  • Questions that are primarily opinion-based
  • Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer
  • The study of exosolar objects, except as they relate to space travel
  • Physical sciences, such as geology, astronomy, cosmology, meteorology, except as they relate to spacecraft and space exploration
  • Questions relating to amateur experiments that are extremely dangerous, such as home-brew rocket propellant

WARNING: This community does not condone such experiments as there may be risk to your health (or even risk of death), and they may even be illegal in your jurisdiction. If you are considering making your own rocket propellant/fuel, please DO NOT DO THIS! Rocket propellant is extremely dangerous, and the protection and storage requirements are best left to professionals.

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Please look around to see if your question has been asked before and try to avoid asking trivial questions that can be answered with a simple web search. It's also OK to ask and answer your own question.

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