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Questions pertaining to activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a United States government agency that deals with space exploration and research.

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Where can I find “Space policy directive 1”?

Today, as per the tabloids, President Donald Trump signed the "Space policy directive 1". Where can I find the original/raw document? (I get the gist from the tabloids, but wanted to read the raw ...
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Will they really be able to “see” OSIRIS-REx from Australia? With meteor cameras?

Thw news.com.au article NASA spacecraft to fly over Australia during Earth Gravity Assist manoeuvre has some interesting graphics (shown below). In the article is discussion of meteor cameras, and ...
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How far is Cape Canaveral from Kennedy Space Center, administratively and programmatically-wise?

Answers to a similar-sounding question What is the difference between Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center? deal mostly with history and geography. In the question Which has been the most ...
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What are “uncoupled attitude maneuvers” and why do them?

This answer to the question Apollo-11 delta-v “due to residual pressure in the docking tunnel pushing the spacecraft apart” detected as it happened? Was it corrected? quotes the following passage from ...
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Has the National Near Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan seen any action?

This answer to Does NASA have an end-of-the-world policy? mentions the National Near Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan. Has this plan resulted in any action?
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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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When will NASA PubSpace really make publicly available most of NASA funded research papers?

The Science Alert article All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free is worth reading and contains several links and quotes. Here is one excerpt: The database is called PubSpace, ...
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Does NASA really report the power of rockets in horsepower?

On a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson said: And to this day NASA will still report the power of rockets in horsepower, which is completely absurd, ...
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Combined Mechanical Counterpressure and Gas-Pressurized suits

The "Mechanical Counterpressure" (or SAS) space suit is the holy grail when it comes to mobility, flexibility, and being lightweight however it also has it's share of problems. It's very difficult to ...
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Why is NASA sending wavy grousers to Mars?

In this answer to What are the lines on the wheels of the Perseverance rover called? Are they different than Curiosity's? and in sources linked therein we've learned that the lines across the business ...
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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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What is the meaning of this writing on the InSight lander, and why is some in Braille?

I spotted this image in this answer and a few things caught my eye. Both images are cropped from the much larger image PIA22540. First Braille in Space? On the left and right sides there is what ...
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For which “2 billion dollar spacecraft launched in 1999” did NASA “specially design” an Aronson Trolley Positioner?

This answer to What are those tilting/rotating platforms called that hold spacecraft during assembly, testing, and sometimes transport? quotes this Weld Plus website as follows: (The) Aronson ...
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Would it have been cheaper and/or faster to put a James Webb-like Space Telescope on a balloon instead of a rocket?

I've just noticed the following items: CNET: NASA to send stadium-size balloon skyward to study the cosmos JPL/NASA News: NASA Mission Will Study the Cosmos With a Stratospheric Balloon Even in 2020 ...
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Where is the LC-19 launch console now?

Julia Bergeron's recent tweet from Florida shows an electronics console that looks to be mid-20th century. Above it is written LC-19 but there are other ...
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Help identifying this archival NACA/NASA image of a wind tunnel test object

Near the end of the NASA video Rocket Engine Testing the NASA Way! there is an image that appears to be archival an possibly quite old. It's a metal model of a launch vehicle with two very long ...
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What are the louver-like structures on the sides of the Mariner 4 probe?

The COSMOS Magazine article First mission to Mars: Mariner 4’s special place in history July 14, 1965, forever changed the way we see Mars. Tim Wallace looks back at one of NASA’s greatest triumphs ...
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What is the distance between one of the mars's satellite revolving near the highest volcano olympus mons and the volcano olympus mons? [closed]

Olympus mons is 27km high-more than three times the height of Mount Everest. Mars needs human landing so would we get a benefit if we landed on olympus mons as our first landing? Would the height be ...
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Did NASA director Jim Bridenstine really make sure that Artemis gets done in a way different than how the US “House of Representatives put forward”?

update: Aviation Week November 8, 2020: NASA Chief Plans To Step Aside Under Biden In the "Angry Astronaut" video NASA'S Lunar Gateway Announcement - This REALLY matters to Artemis, SpaceX ...
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MMRTG- thermal and electrical output

I haven’t been able to find a definitive number for the thermal output (in watts) of the MMRTG used aboard the Perseverance rover. The numbers I’ve seen range from 1950 watts to over 2000. I also ...
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“Are we there yet?” (45th Space Wing's goal of being able to support 48 launches per year from Cape Canaveral)

This answer to What does “That's how we drive to 48!” mean? begins "drive to 48" refers to the 45th Space Wing's goal of being able to support 48 launches per year from Cape Canaveral. Has the ...
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What do these three historical IBM staff at NASA insignias designate?

The question Where are these historical IBM + Apollo related locations within NASA? What do these computers do? shows four images. Three of them show different IBM insignias on shirts of IBM staff. ...
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How are the velocity and range of a spacecraft measured from ground based stations?

How are the velocity and range of a spacecraft measured from ground based stations? For example we can go on NASA's website and look at the real time data for the mission status of their past ...
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Identify this astronaut and shuttle mission

After about 02:00 in the Kinematic video SpaceX Delivers Critical Docking Adapter for NASA to the ISS the astronaut says: You know the Space Shuttle’s been with us,...
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Can we trust reusable rockets? [closed]

SpaceX and Blue Origin have demonstrated the feasibility of modern reusable rockets. Elon Musk claims that a reusable rocket is 100 times cheaper than a conventional one. The average success rate of ...
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Why do some scientists want a moon base for further space travel? What are the advantages of a moon base if compared with an earth base?

The distance between moon and earth is just 384,400 km. So, if we can travel (from moon) to another planet, we also can travel (from earth) to the same planet. But I've read that some scientists want ...
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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 ...
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What are these giant NASA boxes?

In this answer I saw Figure 35 of the encyclopaedic ISS Interface Mechanisms and their Heritage and from the link I saw Figure 37, and I've included both below (click for larger size). What are these ...
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What are the uses of the NASA core Flight System (cFS)?

NASA's cFS (core Flight System) has been released as open-source. The Core Flight System (cFS) is a platform and project independent reusable software framework and set of reusable software ...
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Does the Smithsonian get priority over NASA artifacts?

When NASA no longer has a need for an object -- be it a spacesuit, a piece of equipment, or even an entire spacecraft! -- the object usually goes to a museum. It seems that the Smithsonian ...
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Will the countries ever co-operate again for the next upcoming era of Martian exploration? [closed]

In the beginning of space exploration, there was sort of a Space Race between the United States and Soviets in order to achieve something bigger to dominate over one another. But after a matter of ...
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How does this ISS vision-testing instrument work? What exactly is being measured, and how?

This tweet by Surrey Satellite engineer Enguerran Petitfils says Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes via NASA https://ift.tt/2NmEt6k What is this device exactly, how does it work,...
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How will NASA's TROPICS cubesats be inserted into their three orbital planes and proper phasings?

Rocket to launch 8 cubesat to LEO at an equidistant distance reminded me that I'd never asked this question. NASA's TROPICS 3U cubesat constellation hasn't been launched yet, so there's still time to ...
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Non-biological end effectors (hands) in spacesuit design

Designing the 'end effectors' or gloves of a spacesuit is notoriously difficult. Hands have are extremely flexible and are the primary interface that humans use to interact physically with the world. ...
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What causes these faint, straight line artifacts in Suomi NPP images of Earth at night?

This is an image of the UK taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) in 2012: There are faint lines emanating from Scotland and northern England, with a ...
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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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The “live” 3D webpage showing LRO's activity is down, is this temporary?

In my answer to the question "Mapping the moon: how to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) image data?" I include a link to https://lrostk.gsfc.nasa.gov/preview.cgi which is a "real-time" ...
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What kind of ground-based radio astronomy is NASA's DSN used for? Who are the PIs?

I looked at DNS Now to check on Hayabusa-2 and compare to http://haya2now.jp/en.html and saw that DSS 34 in Canberra is currently in setup/teardown for Ground Based Radio Astronomy! In this status ...
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How many stages will be used to bring NASA astronauts to the Moon's south pole and safely back to Earth?

UPDATE: See Space News' NASA tweaks call for lunar lander concepts which links to: FedBizOpps: Human Landing System - Integrated Lander NASA.gov: NextSTEP H: Human Landing System - Integrated Lander; ...
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Why is the highest speed that Voyager 2 achieved from the Jupiter gravity assist not at perijove?

I plotted some data of the speed of Voyager 2 for various times (around the Jupiter flyby) and noticed that the highest speed that Voyager achieved was not at perijove and was wondering why this might ...
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Was the ISS closer to Baja California or California when this ISS press event started? When exactly did it start?

The NASA video Expedition 63 Inflight with New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today - July 7, 2020 begins with NASA astronaut and Expedition 63 commander Christopher Cassidy discussing with an ...
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What is the “interesting story” on the limitations of NASA's current near Earth object survey network"?

Axios' NASA emails reveal agency's surprise at asteroid's near-miss of Earth cites Buzzfeed's A “Sneaky” Asteroid Narrowly Missed Earth This Summer. Internal Emails Show How NASA Scientists Totally ...
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What were the two circa 1965 semi-polar missions launched from Cape Canaveral?

Teslarati's SpaceX sets date for first Florida launch of its kind in more than half a century says That November 1960 launch thus shut down East Coast polar launches to avoid overflying Cuba and ...
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From where do apps that listen to “Kennedy Space Center Communications” get their audio feed?

Watching the Everyday Astronaut video The best places to watch a rocket launch in Florida! near the end there are mentions of some "viewer tweets" including one that caught my eye. Download a ...
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Is NASA's Performance Vehicle Calculator website open for public use?

This answer links to "NASA's Performance Vehicle Calculator" with the link https://elvperf.ksc.nasa.gov/Pages/Query.aspx I've also found the same link in https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index....
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Did the Saturn IB have eight equally spaced fins around its circumference?

This answer to Saturn V Small Rectangles On S-II Stage includes images and links related to the Saturn IB rocket. It shows what I think is an unwrapped representation of part of a circumference which ...
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Does the TDRS user segment ever provide network functionality beyond being “customers”?

Celestrak's NORAD Two-Line Element Sets Current Data TLE page has many pre-defined categories for quick access for groups of spacecraft that share similar characteristics. I clicked on the ...
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Does the arrow in this STEREO trajectory animation point heliocentric prograde, or towards the Sun?

This answer links to this NASA page. The first video shows the two STEREO spacecraft use two and three passes by the Moon to leave Earth orbit and enter into an orbit around the sun. Below is a GIF ...
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What responsibilities does the Hurricane Harvey OPS team have, and what challenges?

Here is a tweet from NASA flight director Royce Renfrew's personal twitter account. I believe at least some of the Hurricane Harvey OPS team is on-site at Johnson Space Center but the work might be ...
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What purpose serve the audible “bip” on apollo radio communications? [duplicate]

When looking at moonwalk videos, we can hear bips. What are those bips? Why are there bips? Do this bips still exist in nowaday space missions?