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Are there any scientific or technical reasons for defunding WFIRST?

This week, the White House announced its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which of course includes NASA's budget for the same time period. Notably, for the second year in a row, it proposes ...
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Most recent launch of a nuclear reactor, and current barriers to launching the next one?

This question about Kilopower nuclear reactors got me thinking. Answer(s) to How many nuclear fission reactors have been launched into space? How many are still there? suggest that most nuclear ...
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Which Chinese citizen co-founded JPL? Who are JPL's “founders” in general?

The Wired UK article The epic tale of China's out of this world plan for space domination says: A Chinese citizen co-founded the JPL, but these days no Chinese officials are allowed on a Nasa site ...
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During a government shutdown, is it possible for US rocket companies to launch from outside the US?

With the ongoing shutdown, it's causing some test flights of SpaceX and others to be pushed back. If it goes on for an extended period, is it possible for said rocket company to launch from another ...
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What's going on with NASA's Solar System Dynamics?

JPL's Horizons web interface generates the following orange announcement: IMPORTANT: The SSD Announcement email list is now available. Major changes are coming in the near future, including ...
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Will Scotland require a space agency? Is there one in the works?

This answer to the question What are the main issues addressed by New Zealand's recent rocket legislation? says: I can't imagine that New Zealand had any rocket launches before Rocket Labs, ...
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How will the Gateway-before-boots sequence benefit US business, economic and technological development?

Update: Several people were kind enough to make helpful suggestions about this question. I'm looking strictly for well-reasoned, fact-based answer only. Thanks! In the question More complete source ...
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More complete source for Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture” comments? (National Space Council Users' Advisory Group)

The Ars Technica article Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture” disusses a meeting of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group. Apparently there was not around-...
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How far is Cape Canaveral from Kennedy Space Center, administratively and programmatically?

Answers to a similar-sounding question What is the difference between Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center? deal mostly with history and geography. In the question Which has been the most ...
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What just happened? What does this satellite breakup announcement mean? What does it suggest?

I logged into Space-Track and immediately saw this message: The 18th Space Control Squadron has confirmed the breakup of SL-12 R/B(AUX MOTOR), #36407. The time of breakup was at approximately 0206z,...
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Might ISRO's 2018-004 launch be at least a technical violation of the Outer Space Treaty by India?

The IEEE News article FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites as well as the question What checks are supposed to be carried out to prevent illegal satellite launches? address the ...
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Are SpaceBEEs actually hard to track?

The IEEE News article FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites focuses mostly on the intrigue addressed in the question What checks are supposed to be carried out to prevent illegal ...
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How is decided the winner for US military satellites launch contracts and what criteria are necessary to be completed for these contracts?

SpaceX and ULA are the only two companies currently authorized to launch US national security payloads. These two companies will compete with each other to win the contracts for national military ...
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What body of regulations (if any) would apply to a cubesat with an SDR on board?

I don't have any idea how to begin to navigate through the possible regulations regarding sensors and cameras on satellites, much less radio receivers. I have a feeling you need to get in touch with ...
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Do government space agencies capitalise on selling intellectual property/patents etc

This questions is purely about government agencies, not private companies. Typically the massive reams of data that must be produced to design and qualify a satellite or rocket aren't openly shared ...
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How to respond to the case against space? [closed]

I am an avid space advocate and even studied aerospace engineering in college, however, I still struggle with a great answer to this question: "Why explore space?" A few days ago an old professor who ...
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What fraction of launches are classified?

Classified, as in, a government doesn't share the basic parameters of the launch, its purpose, and so on. I vaguely remember this cropping up in a previous question, but I can't easily find the ...
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Has any government published an official recommendation regarding Mars One?

To my knowledge, most governments throughout the world seem to run institutions that give recommendations regarding safety and wellbeing of their citizens when travelling abroad in one form or another,...