Let's say the Earth got knocked a bit silly in the distant past and somehow space-loving life evolved on this planet. They roll around on an Earth with an axial tilt of 98°. How much harder is it for this species to go visit the moon (which was unaffected). What about rest of the planets?

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    $\begingroup$ I think the influence of the moon is pretty good at keeping Earth's axial tilt under control. Lots of interesting tidal interaction there. You're also going to have issues evolving complex terrestrial life on a world like that. Might be mostly aquatic, making spacefaring awkward. $\endgroup$ – Starfish Prime Feb 6 at 11:04
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    $\begingroup$ 98° is by coincidence similar to the inclination of a sun-synchronous orbit on Earth. Hence, the difference is more or less exactly the same as the difference between an equatorial and a polar orbit. $\endgroup$ – asdfex Feb 6 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ I removed your hypothetical tag. Please take some time to review Should I create a new tag?. Also, see this meta post where we have ruled that we do not want a hypothetical tag. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mar 4 at 16:04

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