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How did "the kid" (John Meisenheimer) calculate that there was a wave in the jet stream and Explorer 1 would be okay to launch?

The tough but timely question NASA at sIxty years, will there be a new moonshot mandate? links to the NASA YouTube video NASA 60th: How It All Began which shows a lot of really nice, historical file ...
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What did NASA Vehicle Assembly Building's "weather" look like? Did it really have clouds? Did it rain?

Comments below this answer to Would there be snow, rain, fog or clouds in a deep, sealed, subsurface cavern on the Moon if water were present? point out that the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building ...
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Dealing with lunar regolith

NASA has announced its intention to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024. Various other questions and answers here address the many dangers and difficulties posed by the fine and abrasive particles ...
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What NIAC investigations were implemented in real spaceflight? (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts)

NIAC as in the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts wasn't founded until 1998, so such futuristic concepts might not have come to fruition much yet. But I'd like to hear of any, or of what the ...
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How did NASA refer to dates and times of a mission in the 1970s?

Back in the 1970s, how did NASA describe when an event happened during a mission? For example, when Mariner 10 did its fly-by of Venus, how did the Mariner team refer to that moment in time? Did ...
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How do spin-stabilized rockets conduct gravity turns?

I was reading this NTRS document about a spin-stabilized solids-only small launcher. The paper mentions that the proposed design (called 428A) will be spin-stabilized during launch and gravity turn. ...
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Did NASA "publish", then "delete" this and other photos of the ISS leak?

A tweet by @NASASpaceflight (Chris B - NSF, "Managing Editor of NASASpaceFlight.com" says: ISS Leak summary: First thought was MMOD strike. Then NASA released pics. Lots of people: "...
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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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Open source hardware at NASA

Given NASA has its open source software repository, I can not really find its open source hardware counterpart so I suppose such a thing does not exist. Is that true? The 3D models site (GitHub mirror?...
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Is there a publicly available inventory of things sent to the ISS?

I spent some time looking through NASA datasets and news articles, and couldn't find anything, so I'm hoping that someone in the community will know better than I do: I'm trying to understand what the ...
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What (if any) key mission events ended up falling on birthdays or anniversaries due to fine tuning by Robert Farquhar?

NPR's 2014 news article and audio podcast: Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend says of Robert Farquhar (NASA, Wikipedia): Farquhar is now 81 years old. He's been called the ...
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How do NASA Venture Class Launch Services Contracts work?

The Rocket Lab YouTube video ELaNa 19 Launch - 12/16/2018 contained a short video which was preceded by the following explanation after about 08:00: Today’s ...
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How will NASA know for sure if its "Good night, Kepler" instruction was correctly and completely executed?

The NASA News item Kepler Space Telescope Bid ‘Goodnight’ With Final Set of Commands says: On Thursday evening, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect ...
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Commentary-free launch video?

Does NASA broadcast live video of their launches (specifically from Kennedy) that does not feature commentary? I appreciate Mike Curie's comments but... sometimes I just want to hear the controllers ...
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With the new (Feb 2022) NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon contract extension, how much per flight?

NASA awarded flights 7, 8, and 9 for Crew Dragon in an extension of the existing contract, bringing the total value to \$3,490,872,904 . We know that in 2014 SpaceX was awarded about $2.6 billion to ...
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How much of NASA's annual budget goes to launch

I've been trying to figure out how much of NASA's budget goes to launch costs. I would also be interested in the same question for the global space market. What I've tried I started with a simple ...
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How much open source is the Apollo program today?

What percentage of NASA's Apollo program is considered to be open source as of today? I mean if I wanted to replicate a lunar mission from scratch exactly the same way they did it, regardless of the ...
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Heart attacks & suicides in NASA Mission Control of the 60s?

On page 280 of Mike Gray's book Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon (1992), Gene Kranz, legendary NASA flight director in Gemini & Apollo missions, is quoted as saying: It ...
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Why was the risk of loss of STS-1 (Columbia) estimated to be so high?

There's this tweet from Wayne Hale, former NASA Flight Director Several media people have asked me about how risky STS-1 was. There were a lot of uninformed guesses circulating in 1981. Thirty ...
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How will Perseverance's selfie skills compare to Curiosity's? Will it have any additional selfie-related capabilities?

The design of the Mars 2020 rover Perseverance benefits from years of operational experience with Curiosity. While 2020's instrument suite differs in several ways it looks remarkably similar to ...
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Why will the NASA Mars drone helicopter use off the shelf batteries?

I read from this paper under section G. that the JPL Mars helicopter scout will use standard 18650 cells from Sony. I’m sure that a company like NASA has the capability of acquiring much more advanced ...
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Where can I find FOIA requests to NASA and their subsequent replies?

NASA official page compiles Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information requests here. https://www.nasa.gov/FOIA/elibrary Above page lists few xlsx files for past few years but links given for ...
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Cable lacing in spaceflight, when was waxed cord forbidden?

During the sixties of last century traditional cable lacing was done using a thin cord, traditionally made of waxed linen. The wax should improve knot retention. From NASA-STD-8739-4. Using waxed ...
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Can Delta Heavy launch a fully fueled upper stage with no payload attached?

There is right now talk of a potential dual launch mission to fulfill EM-1, where a Delta Heavy would launch a fully fueled upper stage to LEO, to there bet met with the Orion spacecraft, likely ...
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How can I de-fisheye NASA InSight raw images?

NASA Insight (as other past and future missions) provide distorted images. Which site can I use to automatically fix such distortion, without downloading and processing each single image I am ...
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What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report?

The Washington Post's NASA to launch safety review of SpaceX and Boeing after video of Elon Musk smoking pot rankled agency leaders says: Earlier this year, Boeing had a propellant leak during a test ...
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To what extent was Apollo program training specific to each mission?

In comments and answer to this question, the time it takes to train for an Apollo mission is mentioned several times as a factor on the big rotation of crews. I figure that would actually play in ...
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Do ring laser gyros age with laser and dithering disabled?

Laser fading seems to be a known issue with ring laser gyros. With their STEREO-B probe, NASA experienced a different, "unexpected" failure mode, giving false readings. The Honeywell MIMU's were well ...
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From where is this sequence in the Apollo 13 (movie) extra material showing Gene Kranz?

In the Apollo 13 movie extra material, there are several documentary shots interspersed with commentary about the makings of the movie. I am interested in the sequence beginning at about 29 minutes (...
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What prompted NASA to establish a KSC SWAT Team?

Based on this question, it looks like KSC has not only its own police department (which is fairly common for large facilities, even things like universities) but also a SWAT team, which apparently was ...
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How is this estimation so off?

Based on the recent NASA's DART mission, I wrote some code to calculate the satellite's distance and relative velocity based on the the size of Dismorphos (the target asteroid) on the camera frame. ...
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How long does NASA take to post process JWST images?

My question came from this comment. How long does NASA take to post process JWST images?
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Why "quiet cruise" of a spacecraft would cost NASA 30 mln $ a year?

The 2022 Planetary Decadal Survey (Chapter 22) states that "quiet cruise" phase of an interplanetary spacecraft will cost about 30 million dollars a year for NASA. "Quiet cruise" ...
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What formation-keeping software does MMS use?

The Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission is a NASA mission consisting of four satellites arranged (at apogee) in a tetrahedral formation. According to this 2015 source: On Oct. 15, 2015, a NASA ...
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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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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 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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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 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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Who said, "Take that, Jezero!" during the Perseverance landing?

During the Perseverance landing broadcast, many of us heard a voice call out, "Take that, Jezero!" Every article I can find simply identifies the speaker as "a controller" (or just ...
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Looking for a live audio-only stream of NASA TV or JSC/ISS loops

I recently installed an old iMac G3 machine just for the fun of it, but it doesn't play YouTube videos for obvious reasons, so I can't use it to play NASA TV in any form. However, audio streams is ...
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Does NASA consider Joseph Walker to be an astronaut?

Joe Walker was a NACA and NASA test pilot who flew the X-15 aircraft twice above 100 km, which FAI uses their definition of an astronaut. Flight 90 achieved 106.01 km, and flight 91 reached 107.96 km....
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Is there a list of private companies with products on NASA Mars landers?

I'm trying to create a list of all private companies which have their products on the Mars surface. To make it easier, I'm limiting my search to NASA landers. Is there a comprehensive list of NASA ...
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Looking for help in drawing diagrams to explain graphically NASA Horizons output

I searched a lot for a javascript library or a REST API to access full functionalities of powerful NASA Horizons tool, but with no luck, so I am trying to write my own interface, to replace the very ...
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What is holding SLS back from launching?

I'm kind of confused on this point SLS has engines, a tank, side rocket boosters, a capsule, and seemingly all of the pieces. What is the major technical issue right now that is keeping SLS from ...
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Surmountability of the technical risks to launching EM-1 on commercial rockets?

NASA administrator Bridenstine announced that commercial rockets (e.g., Delta Heavy and Falcon Heavy) would be considered as ways to launch EM-1 by July, 2020. Such a move would reportedly require a ...
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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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Do space stations have standardized officer designations for crew?

I have some anecdotal information. The ISS has a commander, and I noticed here that it had a Flight Engineer, and in this article (found here) I see that Skylab had a Science Pilot. Do space stations ...
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JSC has reorganized its website. Where is the old /news/columbia information now?

At some point after the STS-107 failure, Johnson Space Center posted a lot of valuable material online that hadn't been publicly available before. Especially the STS Generic Flight Rules, which used ...
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