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At what point of a standard transition from Earth to Mars do both planets have the same apparent magnitude, and what's its value?

Apparent magnitude is meant with respect to the crew of the vehicle. For the trajectory, please pick any that can be considered normal. Also, it would be nice to have comparisons with other objects ...
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Concepts for interior color of interplanetary manned spacecraft

I believe I once saw a documentary of NASA examining concepts for future, interplanetary manned spacecraft. I thought the discussion included studying the interior colors, and the importance of ...
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What psychological issues do astronauts experience during spaceflight that are caused by spaceflight?

What psychological problems or issues do astronauts experience during spaceflight, that are caused by microgravity, background "white noise" or other unusual environments that astronauts in space are ...
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How does an astronaut pack for the ISS?

This article talks about a 'Personal Preference Kit;, a bag measuring 5" x 8" x 2", that could weigh no more than 1.5 lbs. It was the sole space an astronaut could use for personal items. But it ...
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What is the most heated exoatmospheric conflict to-date?

This tweet by ISS Archaeology (quote-tweeting Norishige Kanai) got me wondering: with all the accumulated time humans have spent in space, surely there have been disagreements, frustration, and ...
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What research has been done into using virtual reality to counteract the psychological effects of extended space travel?

One of the biggest challenges in long space flight is the psychological impact it has on the crew. I've seen a lot of research into preventing the effects, but what about "preventing" the cause ...
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How do astronauts on EVA deal with nose itching?

It must be absolutely torturous if your nose starts itching and you can't scratch it for several hours, when you're on EVA. How do astronauts deal with it? Are they undergoing a special training, or ...
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How do astronauts overcome the boredom from “the daily routine”?

When I was flying in the plane the other day, I just noticed how many systems checks are completed before the plane even takes off. This makes sense, considering how many human lives depend on it. ...
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What psychological therapy is available to space travelers

Is there an 'on-call' person dedicated for psychological therapy of people traveling in space? Flights are getting longer and longer, and while isolation has been studied for space and certainly ...
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How many astronauts have had spiritual experiences while in space?

In the video Overview 5 astronauts talk about having powerful spiritual experiences in space, and their descriptions match enlightenment experiences. This strikes me as rather more important than you'...
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What is in the care packages sent to crew members of the International Space Station?

Each crew member of the ISS gets care packages on cargo flights. In a video tour of the station, it was mentioned that each crew member has a stash of favorite food just for them. It is easy to see ...
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Where does the clothing for the crew of the International Space Station come from?

This post talked about the standardized clothing list each astronaut or cosmonaut has when on the ISS. It is specified carefully in consideration of the fact clothing can't be washed, so it is used ...
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Has the psychological impact of social media exposure for astronauts aboard ISS been studied?

Given the "recent" (few years) exposure and access of astronauts/cosmonauts aboard ISS to social media in order to communicate with the general public, I was wondering if the decision to allow them to ...
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Is there 'Space Etiquette' for orientation? [closed]

Is there a set of rules or guidelines for how one ought to behave whilst in space? Apart from all of the necessary rules in place for safety reasons, do astronauts and cosmonauts live by a unique ...