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Why weren't Gemini capsules given names?

Mercury capsules had names (e.g. Liberty Bell). Apollo command modules had names (e.g. Columbia). Apollo lunar modules had names (e.g. Challenger). Space Shuttle orbiters had names (e.g. Columbia ...
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What kind of heat shield will Federatsiya (Federation) have?

Federatsiya (or Federation) is Russia's next generation crew vehicle, to replace Soyuz. According to its Wikipedia article, it may be reusable: Roskosmos reserved the option of making the crew ...
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Why did the cones of the Mercury and Gemini capsules have a neck?

As highlighted by the green double-arrow lines in the pictures below, the Mercury and Gemini capsules had a (roughly) cylindrical "neck" at the end of the capsule cone. If they had instead followed ...
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Apollo Command Module's impact attenuation system, what did the inner part look like?

A reference used in Wikipedia's Apollo Command/Service Module article is CSM06 Command Module Overview pp 39-52.pdf. It includes (bottom of document page #43, 5th page of pdf): Imact Attenuation: ...
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Footage of Space Shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry

Is there readily available video of Space Shuttle missions showing the crew: During the entire time period from ignition to shortly after the shuttle has passed through planet Earth's atmosphere? ...
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Is there an upper limit for the internal size of space stations?

I was reading about the various TransHab proposals (at http://www.astronautix.com/craft/traodule.htm, among others), and I started to think about pushing the idea to its limits. Assuming you had a ...
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Have liquid cooling systems been tested for reentry surfaces?

A tough exterior of heat-dissipating material is generally used for reentry modules. I am wondering if there have been any attempts or experiments at using liquid cooling systems as thermal protection ...
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What specifications is the ISRO crew module fabricated to?

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/human-space-flight-prog-hal-hands-over-crew-module-assembly-to-isro/article5685195.ece writes to say Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has handed ...