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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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Will Scotland require a space agency? Is there one in the works?

This answer to the question What are the main issues addressed by New Zealand's recent rocket legislation? says: I can't imagine that New Zealand had any rocket launches before Rocket Labs, ...
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How accurate is the following claim about NASA, from the movie Martian?

Teddy, Director of NASA and Vincent Kapoor has the following discussion about getting satellites above Ares 3 landing site. TEDDY: We’re a public domain organization. We have to be transparent ...
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Why NASA hosts many of their reports public, while ESA/JAXA/ Roscomos doesn't?

There are abundant resources available online in NTRS about the hard earned knowledge of rocket science. But NASA makes them available for free for all. But there does exist some classified ...
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Is there an end-of-life policy for Martian satellites?

When a terrestrial satellite nears the end of its useful life, it is often de-orbited to burn up in the atmosphere or sent up into a graveyard orbit. This is done to prevent the satellite from being ...
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Has a NASA administrator ever explained US military initiatives in Space to the press before this?

A search of the site will show that from time to time the political aspects of NASA (a US government agency) or the Space Exploration aspects of politicians have been considered on-topic in this site. ...
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Why does the NOAA require a permit to be issued to stream images of the earth?

While reading this question, I was interested to learn that the NOAA requires a permit for any entity to film the earth from space. Is there any reason why such a policy is in place? Note: This ...
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What checks are supposed to be carried out to prevent illegal satellite launches?

In January, the PSLV launch delivered 28 satellites to orbit, with 4 SpaceBee satellites among that number, despite them not having an FCC licence (due to size, visibility and tracking concerns) As ...
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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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What is the Trump-era path to deep space?

Starting with George W. Bush, the presidents of the United States have presented an ambitious plan to the public to attain human travel of deep space. Bush's Vision for Space Exploration, announced in ...
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How to decide if the rocket most recently tested by North Korean is classified as long-range or medium-range launch?

The Reuters article Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile describes some ongoing United Nations Security Council discussion related to the classification of the ...
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What is/will be the function of the United States National Space Council?

The Washington Post's President Trump relaunches the National Space Council, and Quartz's Donald Trump’s new National Space Council is already baffling the space industry present the news that the US ...
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What are the non-technical barriers to creating a practical nuclear propulsion system?

You can carve it however you want - it can be purely extra-orbital, it can be NERVA, it can be Orion. What are the specific legal and political barriers that prevent it from being implemented?
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Why did the Apollo program become a MULTIPLE human landing program?

How did JFK's promise of landing one man on the Moon grow into a whole series of landings of 12 men on 7 missions, with even more planned? Given the motivation of the program, shouldn't Apollo have ...
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With 31/32 successful launches why isn't the Delta IV a category 3 certified launch vehicle

I'm having some trouble understanding the requirements for launch vehicle certification. According to NPD 8610.7D the requirements for a category three LV are "a demonstrated flight record of a ...
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Does ISS crew exercise time count toward their X hour work week?

In the discussion in the comments of this answer, I questioned whether the (reported) full 40 hours of designated work time (per week) for a new International Space Station (ISS) crew member could be ...
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What will the new rules, guideliness, and safety measure be for the ISS after NASA kicks out Soyuz?

Will US Policy be that there should be two Boeing CST-100 Starliner or SpaceX Dragon V2 craft attached to ISS at all times for the American segment of the station? Will Soyuz continue to be used?
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“Culberson's” Europa mission: How can mission proritization be done so unilaterally?

According to Marcia S. Smith of SpacePolicyOnline.com in "NASA Gets Big Boost in Final FY2016 Appropriations Bill" news article: Planetary Science. Funding for planetary missions is \$1.631 billion,...
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Have any astronauts ever abused drugs in space?

I know from a few previous questions that some pretty strong drugs are available aboard different spacecraft and the ISS. Have any officials ever determined, on record, that drugs have been abused? ...