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Difference between “undock” and “depart” (SpaceX Dragon Mission 1); when did it leave?

Reading the Astronomy SE question Did I see the dragon capsule on Friday night? I thought I'd check some times. Wikipedia's SpX-DM1 says: ...
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Can Voyager I be turned around? [duplicate]

This video discusses the looming death of the Voyager I. Is it possible for the craft to be reprogrammed, thus making its way back to earth?
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How does the HTV Small Return Capsule get used?

The HTV Small Return Capsule (HSRC) is on the HTV-7 mission to the ISS. It is a sample return, small capsule, shaped as you would expect, like a small Apollo/Orion/Dragon shape. It is shipped up ...
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What are the reasons Soyuz's lifespan in orbit is limited?

Following the recent Soyuz failure news, I found out that the currently docked Soyuz expires in the foreseeable future, leaving the crew with no means to return back to Earth. What are the reasons ...
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At what point in the atmosphere does a returning space object adopt the rotational speed of planet earth and how?

Given that everything on earth is rotating at the same speed as Earth, it is simple for an item leaving the earth surface to return to the earth surface. However, once an object has left the earth's ...
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Is a one-way manned mission to Mars currently possible? [closed]

I read about the manned mission here and I have a few questions: What prevents a return trip from Mars. Why can't a spaceship with efficient fuel, food and oxygen supplies be built for a return trip? ...
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How much payload could a manned Dragon return, if unmanned?

The first mission to the ISS by Dragonrider (and CST-100) is expected to be unmanned. That means when it returns, it will have ability to return a full cargo load. Of course, ISS payloads are often ...
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How much payload, could a Soyuz return, without crew?

With the sad demise of the US Space Transportation System (Colloquially known as the "Space Shuttle") return of payload from orbit is very limited. Currently the SpaceX Dragon can return the most ...
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What is the cost of taking something down from the ISS?

Launching instruments into orbit is expensive. When a spacecraft in orbit stops functioning, fixing it is normally not an option; nor will it be possible to retrieve the instrument for diagnosis. If ...