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Were there books published in 1960s to late 1970s that reflected the effect of the Cold War on historians' views of the Space Race?

Were there books published in 1960s to late 1970s that reflected the effect of the Cold War on historians' views of the Space Race of the 1960s?
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How to find out details on which country owns how many GEO stationary orbital slots

I would like to know on the orbital slots information (GEO) of few select countries and their current status. Please suggest the right source for them.
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Unable to find Incident Report for aborted launch of first Shuttle flight

There is an amazingly well writen report on the aborted launch of the first(?) shuttle because the computers did not sync up. I remember reading this report and it being fascinating and prescient ...
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What theoretical work has been done to try to predict what types of life might exist in the water oceans of Jovian moons?"

The subsurface water oceans of Jovian moons (Europa, Enceladus) are of great interests in the search for extraterrestrial life. I'm wondering what current work has been done to predict the types of ...
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Rates of change of Euler angles to angular velocity of a rotating coordinate system

I am trying to implement the conversion between TEME and GCRF frames following the same procedure as done in SPICE. After digging into CSPICE's code, this transformation is performed through the ...
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Space Exploration: Recommendation for Books

I have a master degree in Electrical Engineering specialized in RF. I would like - as a "hobby" in my free time - to get a deeper technical knowledge on what concerns physics in space and ...
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References on Launch Trajectories

Are there any good texts/papers about computing trajectories from launch to LEO? Specifically discussing atmospheric effects, gravity turns, launch sties, etc. and numerical simulation. I've seen a ...
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Delta V required to land and then ascend from the surface of every celestial body

I've been doing some research to figure out how feasible grand tour manned missions to the surface of the moons of each outer planet. This is related: Where can I find a delta v map of landing ...
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Atomic oxygen and UV Radiation qualification tests for a cubesat

I'm the Assembly, Integration and Verification Engineer of a cubesat project developed by students. Currently I'm trying to create the specifications for our payloads upcoming (mon)atomic oxygen (ATOX)...
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Earth to Enceladus [closed]

Sci-fi writer needs to get from Lunar Orbit to Enceladus Orbit in least amount of time with a travel acceleration of 1.5G no more than 3G for navigation changes. What resources are available that I ...
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Did the Apollo program deliberately hire younger and less-experienced engineers and staff?

I remember having read some time ago that for the Apollo program (and probably the related Mercury/Gemini ones), NASA deliberately hired younger and less-experienced engineers and staff. The supposed ...
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Ariane 6 upper stage schematic showing integration of APU

I've been reading about the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the Ariane 6 upper stage and am looking for a schematic showing how it's integrated into the stage. From Thermal Control of the Cryogenic ...
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Where can I find citeable material on radiation shielding solutions utilized on different test missions?

I'm having a hard time finding citeable material on what different radiation shielding solutions different test missions have utilized. So far I've found that: SpectroCube only shields its most ...
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What are exactly each of the coefficients in Modified Difference Arrays?

I am looking into the different types of SPK kernels. Type 1 are the so-called Modified Difference Arrays (MDA). The linked document mentions that its reference 163 contains a description of the ...
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Papers/studies about shedding aerodynamic lifting surfaces with booster

(This post has been updated to fulfil community guidelines on specificity) Here's my relevant scenario: A lifting-body Orbital Vehicle, and a turboramjet booster that (the most important part) ...
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Are there any sources with high-confidence state vectors for GRAIL-A?

I have been experimenting with propagation of Moon-orbiting satellites. In particular, of GRAIL-A. In order to obtain state vectors to use as starting points for my propagation, and to compare the ...
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Secondary radiation on the moon? (reference request)

I am studying the radiation environment on the moon and would like to read about how secondary radiation has been measured, simulated or even estimated for the lunar surface. Has this been done? If so,...
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Where to find detailed information about space mission like Voyager or Galileo

Is there any place aside from NASA-JPL web page, where there is only some general information about the missions, where one can find more in-depth detailed values? For instance, I am looking for the ...
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Resources for Rocket Propulsion

I am a Mechanical Engineering student who is very much interested in Rocket propulsion. Lately I have been searching for good resources to learn concepts about rocket propulsion. I'd be glad to get ...
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Depth to diameter ratio of impact craters

Two questions on this site concern themselves with the depth to diameter ratios of craters: Catalog of lunar crater depths and diameters Where on Mars are there possible other collapse features with ...
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Dataset of Rocket Launch Data

I needed actual data of any space rocket for a project that I am doing. Information regarding Altitude or trajectory Thrust Sp. Impulse etc was needed at each step of time. It would be great of the ...
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Is this a plot of Isp vs propellant mass fraction for a SSTO vehicle?

Whilst trying to find some information on SSTO designs, I came across this chart: It was used in an ancient forum thread by as part of an SSTO discussion, but the poster didn't cite the paper they'd ...
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Reference request: Rocketdyne Document R-3896-4 "F-1 Rocket Engine Illustrated Parts Breakdown"

Various sections of the Rocketdyne F-1 document R-3896 can be found scattered about the web, but I can't find R-3896-4. It's described as R-3896-4 F-1 Rocket Engine Illustrated Parts Breakdown This ...
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Where can I download the Soyuz Crew Operations Manual?

Where can I download the Soyuz Crew Operations Manual?
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Are there publicly available ephemerides for any Moon-orbiting satellites?

I am currently working on expanding an orbital propagator to cover satellites that do not orbit Earth. For starters, I am trying to expand it to Moon-orbiting satellites. I have managed to reconstruct ...
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Is there a website with launch paths/visible regions?

Last night's Space-X launch led to excitement from observers in locations that don't typically see the upper atmosphere effects, prompting a lot of questions about it and when other such launches can ...
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Does NASA document what it contemplates? "NASA had already been contemplating a costly and risky robotic refueling mission" for JWST

Ars Technica's All hail the Ariane 5 rocket, which doubled the Webb telescope’s lifetime says: Because ten years seemed like a fairly short operational period for such an expensive and capable space ...
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User help forum for GMAT (General Mission Analysis Tool) users?

GMAT (General Mission Analysis Tool) is an amazing open-source tool for designing spacecraft orbits etc. The latest documentation for GMAT version 2020a says that help is available at http://forums....
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How can I find the old reference orbit for JWST (from 2014) and get AltAz positions from Earth without learning Spice? Can Horizons do it? Can Python?

In this ancient 2017 answer to What happens to JWST after it runs out of propellant? I've plotted an eleven year long reference orbit for JWST that was available form Horizons at the time. Now that ...
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Calculating accurately area on the surface of Earth visible from a point in space

What is the name of the area on Earth which can be observed from a satellite? discusses the concept of which area on Earth is visible from a satellite. From the accepted answer, it seems to be assumed ...
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Software to estimate radiation dose for an orbit

I am searching for a software/method, possibly open-source or free, to estimate the radiation dose for an orbit around earth.
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From which NASA publication originates/where can I find a higher resolution version of this SSME flow diagram?

This came up when I was taking a look at Endeavour over in LA. Where can I find a readable version of this full flow diagram (valves, control systems, and everything)?
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Suppose I wanted to compare TLEs to actual LEO satellite positions, what data is available? From which may it be easiest to extract X, Y, Z, T points?

Under @RyanC's answer to How can I plot satellite's trajectory from three different TLEs to detect any deviation on path with time? I wrote: I think that SGP4 + TLEs is so popular because the TLEs ...
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Looking for a more specific Raptor engine model, that follows fuel and oxidiser flow. Anyone know where to find good Raptor resources?

Here is our raptor inspired model in SATSIM, our virtual aerospace lab. Want to be able to model the fuel and oxidiser flow at some stage both in Blender, then WebGLbut it's trickier than it looks. ...
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Where can I read about the other 17 telescope proposals that NASA’s Astrophysics Explorers Program didn't accept in 2019?

Update: Per @DH's comment: Possibly nowhere, except for brief and oftentimes inscrutable summaries. The summaries have to be publicly releasable. Proposers often do their best to make the publicly ...
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List of thorough Space Journals

I am trying to get a list of rounded and comprehensive journals related to Space and Aeronautics, not only covering the latest news and achievements in the field but also publishing interesting ...
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Accurate map of Ceres

What is the most accurate, publically available map we have of Ceres, including official names of all named craters? Any data sets on Cerean geography would be very welcome.
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How do I get the Landsat satellite's images of the Earth?

I want to get the database of the images taken by Landsat satellite of Earth for a project. I searched and searched and searched, but
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What kind of training did chimpanzees go through at the Chimp College?

In the Congress hearings on qualifications for astronauts in July 1962, a "Chimp University" where chimpanzees are trained for spaceflight is mentioned. Miss COBB. I have passed physical, ...
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Earth to Mars (or reverse) Hohmann transfer orbits for the 21st Century

Is anybody aware of a nice graphic showing for the next 20-30 years or maybe the rest of the 21st century, the time periods for Earth to Mars launches? They occur about every two years, but I'm ...
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References for constant low-thrust spiral up-coast-spiral down phasing maneuvers for circular and non-circular orbits?

I am trying to find papers that describe constant low-thrust spiral up-coast-spiral down phasing maneuvers for circular and non-circular orbits. The thrust is assumed to be fixed at $T_{const}$ when ...
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How to get the Voyager Golden Record music?

This link https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/whats-on-the-record/music From NASA lists the tracks in the Golden Record sent to outer space. Has anyone come across an easy way to actually ...
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Does NASA yet have an official history of the Shuttle?

NASA has official "histories" of many of their past programs. These are more about people and decisions, not technical details. This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury On the ...
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Venera 13/14 Design specifications

Does anyone know where I could find design specifications, plan sets, or other documentation for the Venera 13 or Venera 14 spacecraft? These are Soviet spacecrafts from the 1980s. I suppose if ...
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What are the main challenges to boosting or driving smaller solar sails with a constellation of separate reflectors?

This is to continue expanding the idea of using smaller solar sails, but increasing the energy they receive from the Sun by having a constellation1 of satellites with mirrors + lenses. For context, I ...
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Is there any official Chinese website where we can follow the actions of the Zhurong rover?

Zhurong, China's first Mars rover, soft landed on Utopia Planitia on May 14, 2021. Coordinates of the landing site are: 25.1⁰ N 109.7⁰ E The planned operational lifetime is only 90 sols. (Why should ...
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Textbook or scholarly discussion of equations used by the SDP4 part of SGP4 TLE propagators beyond Space Track Report #1?

(the famous) Space Tract Report #3 discussed at length in Dr. T.S. Kelso's Revisiting Spacetrack Report #3, AIAA 2006-6753 Describes the "deep space" corrections to the original SGP4 known ...
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Where is the uncropped version of this cool Ingenuity navigation camera GIF?

Ingenuity's Shadow During Third Flight shows the GIF below which is made from cropped bits from several downward-looking images from Ingenuity's navigation camera, stretched so that the ground is ...
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spacecraft thermal dataset

For a high-school academic project, I would like to plot a graph of change in satellite's temperature over time. Thus, (I think), I'm looking for real-time temperature data of sort of any (preferably ...
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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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