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When and why was Cape Canaveral "Launch Complex 40" renamed to "Space Launch Complex 40"?

From Wikipedia: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), previously Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) It seems to me that all other Cape Canaveral launch complexes are just "LC" without the "Space&...
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Names of geographic features on moons or planets other than Earth found later to be controversial or provocative? Have any then been changed?

The names of places and geographic features (and even buildings) on Earth is an interesting topic; sometimes they are later changed after concerns are raised. And of course there is the deliberate ...
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Was the Progress spacecraft named after the research facility, or vice versa?

"Progress" is used as the name of a Russian space research facility and factory (the Progress Rocket Space Centre), and also as a spacecraft that delivers cargo to space stations (Progress ...
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How many/which landing sites have been given place names akin to "Tranquility Base" on the Moon?

Seconds after Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon, Neil Armstrong announced: "Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed". This first informally, then later officially, gave a place name (...
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