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Is this JWST Halo orbit plot fouled up somehow?

After looking at this plot and many others I've come to the conclusion that this plot does not represent current JWST halo orbit. If the plot is supposed to be of JWST halo... it disagrees with many ...
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A way to overcome fuel limits on JWST and its operational lifetime; "clip-on" propulsion systems in development that might work in the future?

I was wondering: Although it has been widely publicised that the JWST has a lifetime limit. Is it not it possible given current technology regarding drones and the JWST itself as proof of concept to ...
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Anyone know where to get raw telemetry data for JWT / Webb telescope

https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html has a nice graphical representation of the JWT / Webb Telescope as far as distance traveleled, distance to go, current temperature, etc. I'd ...
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Where is Webb Space Telescope?

In this NASA application page Where is WEBB? about the recently launched Webb space telescope the information provided tracking the cruising speed of the telescope widely changes (i.e. dropped from 0....
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Why did the James Webb Space Telescope briefly lose altitude during its launch? [duplicate]

As shown in the center panel of this screenshot from NASA's livestream of the James Webb Space Telescope's launch, the telescope briefly lost altitude during its launch trajectory (and this was ...
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Will JWST be handed over from Arianespace/ESA/CNES to NASA at some point the way Cape Canaveral handed over missions to Houston?

Will JWST be handed over from Arianespace/ESA/CNES to NASA at some point the way Cape Canaveral handed over missions to Houston? JWST has its own propulsion and communication system. Presumably the ...
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Does NASA use UTC for all their missions?

During Apollo 11 launch they said "Liftoff, we have a liftoff, 32 minutes past the hour", which is 01:32 p. m. or 13:32. This is UTC time, because Apollo 11 happened at 08:32 EST. The ...
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Why is JWST Launching from French Guiana?

Is the launch from the ESA spaceport because of agreement or an orbital insertion advantage from that facility?
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What happens if Ariane V actually fails while launching JWST?

Obviously, I don't expect this. But I was thinking about it, and the importance, uniqueness, and irreplaceability of this payload is almost (?) unprecedented, especially for a transnational project. I ...
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Are there any currently studied or hypothesized crewed Mars missions that utilize the Space Launch System?

Space Launch System is finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If everything goes smoothly (fingers crossed!), we should see the Artemis program kicked into full drive by the end ...
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From which NASA publication originates/where can I find a higher resolution version of this SSME flow diagram?

This came up when I was taking a look at Endeavour over in LA. Where can I find a readable version of this full flow diagram (valves, control systems, and everything)?
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When cis-lunar Artemis astronauts and folks on Earth communicate via audio (e.g. EVAs) will they still step on each other's words like during Apollo?

It's been fifty years since we've heard astronauts and ground folks talk over each other ("step on each other" in 1970's CB radio parlance). Sitting on the floor a few feet away from our ...
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Why does JWST have such a big Blind Spot?

The JWST’s field of regard excludes a significant portion of the celestial sphere in the anti-sun direction. See JWST field of regard (FOR) (source of the image below) Also see How much of the sky ...
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What is the relationship (if any) between NASA's Kilopower project and its request for 40 kW reactor designs?

Gizmodo's NASA Wants to Put a Nuclear Reactor on the Moon begins NASA is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to develop a non-solar power source on the Moon by ...
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How are the "lucky JPL peanuts" shared post-pandemic?

The extremely cool NASA JPL video Triumph at Saturn (Part I) is really worth a watch and/or listen. (Don't forget Part II as well!) A bit after 36:59 it discusses ...
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Has there ever been probability of conjunction between spacecrafts in Lunar orbit?

Apparently ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and NASA's LRO narrowly avoided a possible conjunction event in Lunar orbit due to timely assessment and action of both agencies. https://www.isro.gov.in/update/...
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Can an ISS module survive reentry?

Nasa is making plans to de-orbit the ISS safely over the pacific ocean, this eventually leads to the question of whether or not an ISS module can survive reentry (survive meaning it is recognizable ...
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Who is currently an authority on (at least coordinating) space orbits?

Coming from the Internet world, we have ICANN and IANA, a "traffic manager" which makes sure that the internet doesn't break by accident, by allocating resources (like IP ranges and top-...
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Why did Cassini require so much more power than other probes?

Inspired by the comment by Nick S on this answer by Organic Marble, what made Cassini require so much power? An excerpt from the aforementioned answer: The flight units used by mission, with power ...
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Why are there four RTGs in a row sitting in this room? What are they waiting for? Were they built together and stored for separate launches?

The extremely cool NASA JPL video Triumph at Saturn (Part I) is really worth a watch and/or listen. At about 17:40 it discusses Cassini's RTG and at ...
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Where can I read about the other 17 telescope proposals that NASA’s Astrophysics Explorers Program didn't accept in 2019?

Update: Per @DH's comment: Possibly nowhere, except for brief and oftentimes inscrutable summaries. The summaries have to be publicly releasable. Proposers often do their best to make the publicly ...
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What keeps the pressure stable inside the ISS?

I'm doing research on life support systems for the design of a Martian scientific base, and I'm having trouble finding information about the specifics racks that keep pressure stable inside the ISS. I ...
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Trying to run NASA GMAT on Ubuntu 20.04, I get the error "no main manifest attribute, in gmat.jar"

I downloaded GMAT from https://software.nasa.gov/software/GSC-17177-1 Then I extracted using ...
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What is the range of frequencies of a deep space channel?

I've been trying to find the values of bandwidth of each Deep Space frequency channel: band S, X and Ka. In the official NASA's documents only appears the center frequency of each one, but it doesn't ...
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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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Were Nixie tubes used by a space program?

I’ve been receiving this ad from a company selling Nixie tube clock kits online: The technology that was used in the first space shuttles and submarines can be in your home and moreover in a unique ...
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How practical was the suggestion to cut the lanyards on the Gemini 9A mission?

The Gemini 9A mission was supposed to rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle, but due to lanyards not being removed before launch the conical nose shroud was still attached and docking was impossible....
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Is there any significant difference between NASA and EU technology readiness levels?

The wikipedia article for technology readiness levels lists the NASA and European Union definitions. I've put these into a table: Level NASA EU 1 Basic principles observed and reported Basic ...
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Who's buried in Grant's Tomb? Size of 122 cm conductive spheres charge collection in the Shuttle's Space Experiments with Particle Accelerators?

Why were the three 122-cm diameter conductive spheres for charge collection in the Shuttle's Space Experiments with Particle Accelerators black? links to How did three 1.2 meter spheres and a Xe+ ...
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After nine years on Mars, has anything on Curiosity broken yet?

As per Wikipedia's Curiosity (rover), it landed nine years ago today at 6 August 2012, 05:17:57 UTC. This is yet another testament to NASA spacecraft reliability. Since landing, has anything actually ...
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Zebulon Scoville "looked up at the video monitors and saw all the ice and thruster firings." Exactly what ice did Scoville see? Why ice? Where?

Gizmodo's The ISS Backflipped Out of Control After Russian Module Misfired, New Details Reveal quotes Zebulon Scoville, the NASA flight director in charge at the time: “And so at first I was like, ‘...
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How do I get an astronaut to do my science in space?

Astronauts spend nearly all of their time doing science experiments that take advantage of their environment, specifically microgravity, easy access to hard vacuum, radiation, etc. My question is, how ...
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DAWN CERES HAMO CYCLE1 PDS DATA ARCHIVE seems to be corrupted

I'm working on Ceres VIR_IR data from PDS3 Archive. The downloaded data seems to not be right as I'm getting lines of various colors and not the target area, when opened in ENVI. Is the QUB file ...
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Who decided that a <1 in 10,000 probability of contaminating the europan ocean by a viable Earth microorganism was legally and ethically sufficient?

In comments below Is there any demonstrated or even proposed technology that can sterilize a spacecraft with 100% certainty and yet leave it electronically functional? there is a link to Europa Lander ...
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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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Could the ascent stage of Apollo 11's Eagle still orbit the Moon?

This video: Is Apollo 11's Lunar Module Still In Orbit Around The Moon 52 Years Later? claims, based on orbital simulations, that there is a chanche that the lunar module of Apollo 11 might be still ...
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Did the Human Mission to Inner Space (HUMIS) experiment ever take place?

The final report of the 2003 Caves of Mars Project, formally ''Human Utilization Of Subsurface Extraterrestrial Environments'' (PDF), talks a lot about the "Human Mission to Inner Space" (...
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Does NASA need to get permission or pay royalties for music used in space?

Astronauts have often brought their own music to entertain themselves, or had music played to them to wake them up. Some of this music is audible on publicly-available mission recordings. In ...
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How to get the Voyager Golden Record music?

This link https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/whats-on-the-record/music From NASA lists the tracks in the Golden Record sent to outer space. Has anyone come across an easy way to actually ...
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Is NASA's Deep Space Network possibly a backup link for China's Zhurong rover?

While the Tianwen-1 orbiter will dispense commands to the Zhurong rover, the Mars Express orbiter of the European Space Agency will serve as a backup. Wikipedia Since Mars Express normally ...
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Does NASA yet have an official history of the Shuttle?

NASA has official "histories" of many of their past programs. These are more about people and decisions, not technical details. This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury On the ...
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Will there be a command moratorium for Mars spacecraft again in 2021?

About every two years, Earth and Mars are on opposite sides of the Sun (a Mars-solar conjunction). Plasma expelled from the Sun can interfere with radio transmissions between Mars spacecraft and the ...
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Do sounding rockets need a license to be launched?

I am just curious to know if any kind of license is needed to launch a sounding rocket? If yes, then what kind of licenses are there for sounding rocket launches.
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Why do we see performance drop in the aerospike engine in Mach 1 to Mach 3 speed?

While reading about aerospike engine here https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/x-33/aero_faq.htm I read that (Question 11 in the FAQ) due to the slipstream turning into the nozzle region we ...
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How can they be so sure that Dragonfly will "freeze to death" as opposed to simply (and eventually) running out of RTG power? (238Pu decay)

tl;dr: "...will probably freeze to death...before it runs out of power..." If power keeps it from freezing to death and it hasn't run out of power, why would it freeze to death? Space.com's ...
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What were the sizes of the roll-on cuffs called?

Early astronauts used roll-on cuffs to collect their urine. I remember hearing once that these cuffs were available in 3 sizes, but the NASA had to change the names of the sizes because astronauts ...
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In their first 100 sols which NASA Mars rover drove the furthest and which one the least?

It seems we've passed the 100 day/sol mark for Perseverance. Perseverance and Curiosity are comparable in designs but have had significantly different short term goals; Curiosity was the first of it's ...
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How much did NASA pay Roscosmos for the Soyuz to provide assured crew return services

The STS orbiter wasn't able to stay on orbit for very long, and the ISS had an SOP of having a return seat for each body on the station, so during the years of the Shuttle performing crew rotation ...
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What DID NASA do with "the world's largest quantum computer"? (re question from 2013)

@TildalWave's 2013 question What does NASA plan to do with the world's largest quantum computer? has several answers, including one in a comment: Maintaining this computer is expected to bring ...
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What qualifications and requirements do you need to go to the moon?

I've dreamed of shooting for the moon, but I'm not sure how, if any former NASA Recruitments or scientists see this, please tell me what I need to do. Question: What were the qualifications to be ...

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