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Is there a mockup of the ISS on the ground?

Is there a replica of the interior of the space station on the ground? For training astronauts and to try out equipment installations.
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Are there any theoretical size limits of man-made space stations/structures?

The question speaks for itself. If the answer is "yes", what are the problems in creating a large-scale space structure, maybe even dozens of kilometres large? What about moving & repositioning, ...
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Why was Houston selected as the location for the Manned Spacecraft Center?

NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in located in Houston, Texas. What were the site selection criteria, and what contenders were there other than Houston? The center is named for Lyndon B. Johnson. He ...
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Has JPL been affected by the November 2018 California wildfires?

The Deep Space Network Now page shows no activity at all. Two hours ago, there was only testing on two of the Madrid dishes (so it's more than a faulty webpage). I've never seen anything like it ...
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Any chance of seeing a vertical launch of an orbital launch vehicle in UK in the not-too-distant future?

Recently, news hit the press about a possible new launch facility, a spaceport on the territory of the United Kingdom. The article in Daily Mail that I read is however rather vague, and even though it ...
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Why do personnel in the KSC launch control room face away from the launchpad?

The firing rooms of the Kennedy Space Center have enormous windows that face the launch pads. However, personnel faced away from the windows, and thus away from the launchpad. Is there a documented ...
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Why did Kennedy have four control rooms but Houston had only two?

Kennedy Space Center has four firing control rooms, one for each bay in the Vehicle Assembly Building. After launch, authority was transferred to the mission control center in Houston. For the ...
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How variable is the landing spot of a reusable Falcon 9 with a GTO payload

It is common knowledge know that SpaceX uses the landing barges when the requirements for the first stages are so high that a return-to-base is not achievable. This seems to occur both in case of GTO ...
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What is Kennedy's USB?

In this answer, the following picture appeared (emphasis in red mine): The VIC is the visitor centre (nowadays KSVC). But what is the USB facility? Is this by chance related to the Unified S-band ...