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When is/will be the symposium to revisit the Karman line and consider the “McDowell line”?

In the January 16, 2019 Sixty Symbols video Where is the edge of space? Dr Meghan Gray from the University of Nottingham discusses Jonathan McDowell's paper The edge of space: Revisiting the Karman ...
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Why did NASA sent people to the Moon more than once? [duplicate]

Often, especially now with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the question is asked: Why did we stop sending people to the moon. The answer is usually: because the USA had proved they ...
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Why did Germany launch its spy satellites from Russia?

I just saw this article on a family of German recon sats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAR-Lupe They were all launched from Russia! Why? Why not an Ariane launch from French Guiana? I can ...
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What Soviet signals (if any) attempted to scramble communication and sabotage Apollo missions?

The NPR.org news item and audio podcast JoAnn Morgan: The Only Woman In The Firing Room During Apollo 11 features an excellent interview with JoAnn Morgan and other KSC personal. It's a short but ...
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What is the US president talking about re US/Japan dramatic expansion of military(?) cooperation?

According to the Bloomberg article Japan Astronauts to Soon Join U.S. in Trip to Mars, Trump Says: The U.S. and Japan will “dramatically expand” their cooperation in outer space, with missions to ...
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Who is accountable for damage caused by the debris field of a successful ASAT test

I just saw India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field? about today's Indian ASAT test... As far as I know an "ASAT Missile" sounds military ...
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Do owners of reentering spacecraft notify the countries' whose airspace they are likely to violate and seek permission?

@PearsonArtPhoto's answer contemplates: Any object that is below 100 km now is considered an aircraft, and technically needs the permission of the country over which it is flying to enter that air ...
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Which country borders are visible from space?

You can see the borders of North Korea with China and South Korea at night from the ISS since unlike their neighbours, they have almost no light. That got me thinking, which other country borders (of ...
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Could I claim a asteroid if I landed on it?

Could I claim a Asteroid if I landed on it? If so, could I have a nuclear reactor on it for a power generator?
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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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Has a NASA administrator ever explained US military initiatives in Space to the press before this?

A search of the site will show that from time to time the political aspects of NASA (a US government agency) or the Space Exploration aspects of politicians have been considered on-topic in this site. ...
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How many different countries operate a satellite?

Looking over the list of recent launches, I find communication satellites for countries who do not have their own space program. How many different countries operate a satellite as of 2018? Is that ...
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How does dispute resolution work with the ITU.

I keep reading about disputes on allocation of satellites or spectrum - is there a way to read about them on the ITU sites - similar to reading the WTO dispute reports.
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Is terraforming inevitable? [closed]

Is only economics and the huge scale (material, spatial, and temporal) of the project the only limiting factor that could stop some groups from succeeding? Will other groups of people having a ...
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Whats the protocol if two satellites collide?

If two satellites from two different nations were to collide together due to poor planning on the behalf of one of the nations what would be the protocol? For instance, Russia launches a probe into ...
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How to decide if the rocket most recently tested by North Korean is classified as long-range or medium-range launch?

The Reuters article Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile describes some ongoing United Nations Security Council discussion related to the classification of the ...
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What are the non-technical barriers to creating a practical nuclear propulsion system?

You can carve it however you want - it can be purely extra-orbital, it can be NERVA, it can be Orion. What are the specific legal and political barriers that prevent it from being implemented?
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How often are space launches substantially delayed by protests physically at the launch site?

Update: Following a one month loss of launch capability, from Spaceflight Now, April 25, 2017; Operations resume at European-run launch base in French Guiana: Protest leaders demanded more 3 ...
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How much would it cost to build an international commercial moonbase?

The Earth's moon is one of the largest natural resources of our planet. My question: how much would it cost to build an internationally accessible commercial facility (moonbase) on the Moon?
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Was it ever suggested to merge ESA with Roscosmos?

ESA, the European Space Agency, is (formally) independent of other international cooperations like the European Union. After the fall of the Soviet Union, were there ever any proposals for ESA to join ...
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What is the largest single project (in tonnage) in which an international space cooperative has launched and or constructed in space?

Science fiction has given us countless examples of international space campaigns (exp: Star Trek's "Federation"). But what's the largest and most active space campaign from Earth and how much (in ...
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How did the USA cooperate with western allies during the Apollo program?

France launched its Diamant rocket to orbit between 1965 and 1975, and the UK its Black Arrow 1969-1972. Did they take advantage of NASA's rocket development experiences? Were any Apollo system ...
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How will the UK leaving the EU affect ESA?

Now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, how is that going to affect the European Space Agency? How much funding and participation does ESA receive from the UK based on the EU ...
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Is UTC used by all nations for their space programs?

On the ISS, the timezone used is UTC. Thus it is reasonnable to assume that all nations implied in the ISS program use UTC for all their space programs to ease ground crew's work while they may work ...
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Why do we have so many different spaceships to refill ISS?

To refill the ISS, many spacecraft have been or are used The shuttle (retired for obvious reasons) ATV (retired) HTV (will be retired) Progress Soyuz Dragon Cygnus CST-100 (future) Dream Chaser (...