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Questions which ask for an object in a photograph or other media to be identified and/or have its function described.

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Stanley Kubrick used a NASA-inspired lens to film by candlelight in Barry Lyndon, but what did NASA use it for?

At 07:35 in the CinemaTyler video How Kubrick Achieved the Beautiful Cinematography of Barry Lyndon he says: As far back as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick and ...
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What flag is flying over the landing site of the Shenzhou 12 crew astronauts returning from Tiangong? What does it say?

NBC News has a short video clip Astronauts Return After 90-day Mission To China's Space Station A trio of Chinese astronauts touched down in the Gobi Desert after completing China's longest space ...
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Which Rockwell van ran incredibly rough for the first two minutes? (call to the radio program Car Talk)

A caller to the long-running NPR radio talk show Car Talk described a problem with their Rockwell van. While it started fine, it ran "incredibly rough" for the first two minutes. Is it ...
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What are these squiggly lines in Jonathan McDowell's tweets about Yunhai-1?

Anton Petrov's new video Another Satellite Collided in Space, But Everyone Missed It Until Now (below) is fun to watch, and links to Jonathan McDowell's tweet string which begins Space-Track catalog ...
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What spacesuit helmet is this?

There's a classic series of black-and-white photos from the mid-80s showing early shuttle astronaut Anna Fisher in a helmet; one was reportedly on the cover of Life magazine. Image source: reddit, ...
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Which two spacecraft are being shown disconnecting here, and what was the connection for?

The new Wall Street Journal video China's Answer to the Aging International Space Station: The Tech Behind Tiangong | WSJ shows what looks like it might be a fuel transfer connection decoupling at <...
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Cartoon-like characters on the side of the Tianwen-1 Mars lander?

Scott Manley's excellent new video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone is chock-full of space-sleuthing goodies and interesting information about the ...
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Does the beeping satellite shown at the end of NASA Goddard videos represent any spacecraft in particular?

Just as an example, the end of the NASA Goddard video NASA’s OSIRIS-REx: Mission to Bennu has a double-beeping satellite at the end, which performs a flyby of the camera. It's shiny and spherical and ...
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What is an "Aceteria improved Ryan suborbital sounding rocket"?

Why does the Minotaur I wear a yellow jacket that "banana-peels" off as it launches? links to the NASA Wallops video NRO L-111 Launch (already cued at the statement in question). At the end ...
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What is this complicated experimental apparatus being pulled out of another complicated apparatus inside the ISS?

The new NASA video Science Launching on SpaceX's 23rd Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space Station a bit after 01:20 shows a large experimental apparatus which looks ...
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What is producing these strange lights around the Falcon 9 grid fins (Starlink launch)?

Early in the video of the launch of the first sixty SpaceX Starlink satellites we can see that after stage separation the first stage grid fins open. Around that time there are some phenomena I don't ...
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What (the heck) is this purple donut in the video of the Falcon 9 fairing's atmospheric reentry?

This SpaceX tweet (found in CNET's SpaceX camera captures incredible view of rocket part returning to Earth) shows a video taken by a camera in one half of the fairing on the recent STP-2 mission and ...
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What are these circular spots on these Ariane V SRB nozzles?

This Space Shuttle Almanac tweet says: Pics 1-4 of todays @Arianespace #ArianeV VA249 launch carrying the #EDRSC & #Intelsat39 comsats from Kourou and includes the cool (hot) image below. ...
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Why does there appear to be a 180-degree stereo microphone array outside the ISS?

I was watching a feed on the latest footage of Hurricane Matthew as seen from the ISS just now, relayed from NASA TV. Suddenly, I spotted something poking out of the ISS hull in the footage that ...
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What is the origin of this space station design concept and animation?

In the beginning of the ABC News video STEM industries are growing, but face shortage of qualified workers an illustration of a space station is shown, first with two cross-trusses each with solar ...
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Why do these satellite antennas look so weird? (strangely shaped with little white dots...)

The NASA Spaceflight article Arianespace press onward with dual-passenger Ariane 5 launch shows a photo of Intelsat 39 during testing. The dish reflectors are strangely shaped: rather than being ...
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What do all these vectors point to in this New Horizons trajectory/operations simulation?

Sir Brian May's New Horizons music video (below) shows an animation of the spacecraft and its launch vehicle from countdown to MU69 Ultima Thule. Part way through the video at about ...
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What are these two devices extending from each end of the Progress MS16 cargo ship's solar panels?

CNET's See astronaut's wild view of a discarded ISS module burning up includes the image below. I've cropped, magnified and sharpened bits from each end of the Progress module's solar panels to reveal ...
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What is "Mission Alpha" and why does Expedition 65/66's Thomas Pesquet's tweet have the #MissionAlpha hashtag?

Expedition 65/66's Thomas Pesquet's tweet says: So long DC1! After almost twenty years of service, instead of getting a medal First place medal, one of the @Space_Station's oldest @roscosmos ...
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Which spacecraft are models in this Astronaut Group 1+2 photo?

The picture below of NASA Astronaut Groups 1 and 2 was taken in February 1963. Astronaut Group 1 was the original Mercury 7, and are seated in the front row (Cooper, Grissom, Carpenter, Schirra, ...
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Are there any markings that uniquely identify each Saturn-Apollo combination?

This question made me wonder: are there any markings on the Saturn I/IB/V launch vehicle, Apollo service module or command module that uniquely identify each vehicle (i.e. AS-5xx)? It doesn't have to ...
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How would this two-stage Mars Ascent Vehicle work? Where do you sit?

This curious answer shows an image of a liquid-fueled Mars Ascent Vehicle with a sign in front that only says Two Stage Mars Ascent Vehicle Question: Is there some NASA program associated with it so ...
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Viking 1 - Cydonia Face on Mars Photograph Multitudinal Black Dots

The "Face on Mars" photograph taken by Viking 1 in 1976 of the Cydonia region on Mars has multitudinal similar sized small dots in a seemingly random pattern all over it. Are all those dots ...
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What is this thing on the right of the frame in this photograph? (STS-71)

What is this (blurred) thing that can be seen to the right of the frame in this photograph? (some versions crop it out) It is a photograph taken from Soyuz TM-21 of Mir and STS-71 Atlantis docked in ...
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Likely explanation for the bottom of the SLS rocket being covered with reflective silver "muffler" tape?

NASA.gov's First Artemis Rocket Stage Moved onto NASA Barge Ahead of Green Run contains a high resolution image of the rocket. The bottom end of the rocket's cylindrical shape is closed flat and ...
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Is it the Apollo CM "flowerpot parachute attachment fitting"?

An Apollo 17 recovery image of the top of the CM, ap17-S72-55888 from ALSJ. What is the structure inside the red polygon (drawn by me)? Is it the "flowerpot parachute attachment fitting"? ...
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What are these things fired away from a ballistic missile at launch?

Here is a youtube video of the start of a Russian Topol-M ballistic missile. A lot of little strange things are fired away from the rocket body when the rocket is half-way from its transport-launch ...
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Why does the Minotaur I wear a yellow jacket that "banana-peels" off as it launches?

Videos available of the recent Minotaur I launch at Wallops for NROL-111 show a yellow jacket on most of the four stage SRB-to-orbit launch vehicle. I read or heard somewhere that wires attached to ...
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What are these Martian space-whale (or seagull) shaped features?

In this recently released image of CNSA's ZhuRong lander and rover China releases new Mars image taken by Tianwen-1 probe, CCTV (English) Article there are many white features scattered over the ...
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What are these two little valve stem-like projections from the Northrop Grumman STAR 15G upper stage rocket motor? Why doesn't the STAR 20 have them?

NASA Spaceflight's Mars Ascent Vehicle from Northrop Grumman takes shape for Mars Sample Return mission says: For this, Northrop Grumman will provide a 3 meter tall, two-stage, solid propellant ...
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What exactly are "launch tables" and "dog bones" in the context of SpaceX's Super heavy-lift launch vehicle?

@geoffc's Pod Bay comment and link Great aerial photo of launch table with the 'dog bones' being installed. So curious how this will all play out! https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/status/...
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What do the banana values mean in this tweeted plot of heavy lift vehicle capabilities?

@FreddieR's answer to What are the longest current rocket payload fairings, capable of carrying long space station sections? contains the following graphic. It's attributed to Ken Kirtland and I found ...
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What are these details on (renderings of) the Zhurong rover's wheels?

Looking at some renderings of the CNSA Zhurong rover I noticed some curious (pun intended) details on the wheels: This Newsy Today article: In this The Conversation article: seen in some clips of ...
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What's the small white gadget with two black buttons in this video of the International Space Station?

Does anyone know what's the small white square gadget with two black buttons on the right hand side of the hatch frame in this video on the second 2185 (36:25 minutes)? ...
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What's on the bottom of the Shuttle's external fuel tank?

In the Wikipedia article about Spaceplane there's a (rare and cool) shot of the Space Shuttle from one of the SBRs immediately after it was released. The web page for the image says: Space Shuttle ...
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What is this long truss associated with Mir?

Google translations: From roscosmos.ru Flight from station to station (Перелет со станции на станцию) 35 years ago, on February 20, 1986, the first module of the Mir orbital complex was launched into ...
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Whats the origin, purpose or idea behind Axiom's space station's 3D shape and solar "tower"?

Along with Spaceflight Now's article Axiom wins NASA approval to attach commercial habitat to space station there's a file image of a hypothetical space station from Axiom. The bottom is reminiscent ...
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What JPL laboratory is this exactly, and what are the functions of these amazing-looking control panels?

The (somewhat strangely named) video clip How William Shatner Changed the World - Dr. Marc D. Rayman, Chief Propulsion Engineer, NASA, JPL contains several shots of what looks like an ion propulsion ...
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Is this the golf ball that Alan Shepard hit on the Moon?

The BBC News article The Five Greatest Space Hacks of All Time shows a photo of Alan Shepard on the Moon swinging an improvised golf club. Is the spot in the upper right corner of the photo a golf ...
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What mission is this Chris Hadfield photo associated with and what is the location? And what is that thing?

Many, many astronauts have gone on to be wonderful orators, educators, advocates for science, education and positive thinking, Major Tom Colonel (ret) and (fmr) ISS Commander Chris Hadfield is just ...
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Help decoding the US Space Force 45th Space Wing emblem symbology

What is the difference between Cape Canaveral SFS and Patrick SFB? reminds us that the US Space Force now has bases or at least stations. Wikipedia's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station links to the ...
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Origin, artist, and original purpose of this unusual NASA image from 1996 or earlier? (possibly related to Clementine)

Two astronomy questions below relate to Clementine and poking around I found Ice on the Bone Dry Moon which was Written by Paul D. Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, Deputy Leader of ...
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Star-shaped artifacts in SAR images of the "Suez Canal traffic jam seen from space"

Wikipedia's 2021 Suez Canal obstruction links to the Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image of the Traffic jam in the Gulf of Suez caused by the obstruction as seen by the Sentinel-1 ...
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Why so many little pieces of "space tape" on this communications satellite?

Maxar's own blogpost Power and Propulsion Element: Five Questions with Maxar’s Tim Cole contains an image with the caption The ABS-2 spacecraft at Maxar’s Palo Alto, California factory before its ...
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Did Skylab have several giant spirit levels? That's what these look like to me, except there's no bubble

The BBC's Skylab: The myth of the mutiny in space shows the image below of one big circular end bulkhead of the main Skylab main space, with an astronaut in the center hatch and giant air manifolds ...
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Identify this Mars helicopter prototype and when and where it was built and tested?

The new NASA video Things are really looking up (on Mars) is a short set of vignettes in anticipation of the Ingenuity helicopter's first tests on Mars. Below is a screenshot of a historical file ...
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What is this perturbation effect called, and what would be an analytical expression for the resulting eccentricity oscillations?

In this answer I've generated some oscillations of eccentricity by being somewhat naughty and propagating a TLE for +/-250 days from epoch. I believe it's okay for the purposes of demonstrating gross ...
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What is the purpose and necessity of this giant structure being used in tests of China's Mars lander?

Question: What is the purpose and necessity of this giant structure being used in tests of landing hovering and searching techniques to be used by China's Mars lander? It is shown in images (and a ...
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What's the new hexagonal structure for in Boca Chica TX, SpaceX

At Boca Chica Texas at the SpaceX launch facility there is a new structure being built. RGV Aerial Photography shows a concrete base with six pillars being built in a hexagonal shape. What is this ...
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What is all this about? (photo of several small cup-like structures on top of Perseverance)

I have been trying to figure out what this arrangement is for. Could it be where the mast had its 'face' buried prior to deployment? The various cups seem to fit exactly with lenses and positioning ...

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