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Landing Zones 1 and 2 in Cape Canaveral and yet launching from KSC?

On Google Earth, I saw Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are separate sites. However, I do not understand why SpaceX lands it's boosters on LZ 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral but launches them ...
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Which were the more than 60 (!) candidate locations for the Mars 2020 rover?

Four years ago I asked for the 21 potential landing sites for the Mars 2020 mission in this question, but now I've learned that there were more than 60 candidate locations ! From NASA Announces ...
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Why was there only a single Falcon 9 landing on ground-pad in 2021?

According to Wikipedia, there was only one Falcon 9 booster landing on ground-pad in 2021, all other 30 launches at least attempted to land on a drone-ship. Comparatively, 2020 and (so far) 2022 both ...
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Are there any studied landing sites on Mars for a crewed landing?

I am currently working on a research project regarding the distribution of Calcium Perchlorate on the surface of Mars' effect on the human body, and for this I would like to look at the concentrations ...
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Can I see Tranquility Base and other lunar landing sites on Google Map's moon charts?

I'm trying to find the location of the Apollo program landings on Google Map's Luna charts, but while I can find roughly the location of the Apollo 11 landing site, I don't appear to be able to see ...
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What's the exact location (lat/lon) of Zhurong?

Thus far, CSNA has announced the landing location as 109.7 E, 25.1 N. On Mars, 0.1 degree is about five km. Most Mars landers/rovers have been found in orbital imagery, and their lat/lon measured ...
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Difference between "mafic floor" and "olivine-bearing floor" in Jezero crater? (Perseverance landing site)

Figure 3: Main geologic units within Jezero crater shown on a basemap constructed from images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance ...
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How tall are the "cliffs of the delta" in the Perseverance rover's landing ellipse?

edit: For all the cliff-doubters in comments, here's a quote of Project Scientist Ken Farley in the new NASA video After the Landing: An Update about NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover after ...
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Falcon-9/Starship landing on an uneven surface

I was wondering how a Starship or Falcon-9 booster could land on an uneven surface, like that of the Moon or Mars. Is the landing gear similar to the Boeing hydraulic landing gear, which cushions and ...
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Other than Surveyor 3, were any landers within rover distance of Apollo?

Apollo 12 landed within walking distance of the unmanned Surveyor 3 lander, which had arrived on the moon 2 years earlier. The astronauts photographed and returned parts of Surveyor 3. The last three ...
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Why will Superheavy/Starship have a landing pad so close to the launch pad?

According to this image (taken from this answer) The landing zone is situated right next to the Starship pad. In contrast, the Falcon 9 landing pads are much much further at 28°29′09″N 80°32′40″W on ...
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Why were two different California airbases (Vandenberg and Edwards) intended for Shuttle launches versus landings?

Vandenberg Air Force Base was intended to be the west-coast launch site of the Space Shuttle. Its Space Launch Complex 6 was only a few months from being ready for the first launch, when the ...
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Can we see the USA flag on the Moon from Earth? [duplicate]

Is it possible one day to see landing site flags on the Moon from Earth or from space without having to land using a telescope as technology progresses? Highly Related: Were the Apollo lunar ...
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Apollo recovery zone(s)

For the Apollo missions that left Earth orbit, were there multiple recovery zones for each splashdown? How big was each zone?
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What were the 21 potential landing sites for the Mars 2020 mission?

In August 2015 more than 150 scientists attended a conference to evaluate 21 potential landing sites for NASA's next rover, a mission called Mars 2020. Out of those proposed landing sites the Mars ...
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