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What is VBB recentering (InSight lander's Very Broad Band seismic pendulums)?

From the Planetary Society Blogpost InSight Update, sols 25-42: Seismometer sensors working! Tricky setup and cable management on Mars This is an animated GIF: It's fairly subtle, you may not notice ...
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When scientific and engineering data are sent from space probes, are the signals repeated to minimize transmission error?

I would think that this would be the case. In any one transmission there will be a systematic error due to the fundamentals of the transmitter / receiver. Is there also a transient or stochastic error ...
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Hijacked space data, notable instances of recovering images or other goodies from someone else's space mission?

The original of this GIF was tweeted here and I've reconstructed it because I don't know how to post it here (How to show this particular tweeted (GIF?) in a question? - trouble downloading). These ...
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What are InSight's barometric and seismic digitization rates and frequency responses when it “listens to the wind”?

News of the "sound of the wind" on Mars is all over the internet today. If you read the fine print, it's really better described as rapid cadence barometric pressure measurements then sped up by a ...
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What are the details required to automate the download of Data products of Sentinel - 1 from Copernicus SciHub?

I want to understand the file name and required parameters which describe a data product so that I can automate the download using the API provided by the Copernicus Sci-Hub. What is the pipeline of ...
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What does this paper say is wrong (quantitatively and procedurally) with WISE & NeoWISE asteroid data?

I don't have daily access to the journal Icarus so when I read the New York Times article Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks; Two years ago, NASA dismissed and ...
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Can I find detailed flight parameters of some space mission(s)?

I'm studying dynamic models and creating a mathematical model for spaceflight simulation. I need to check the correctness of my model. Can I find detailed parameters of a spaceflight (say, position ...
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What exactly are the recent observations of organics on Mars? What's the data?

There is news of organic molecules on Mars, an event in the press. What exactly are the measurements? I've heard something about atmospheric methane, is this determined from some absorption peaks in ...
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Ceres gravity from spherical harmonics from Dawn, how to get the coefficients, definitions and potential?

update: I think I've found what I'm looking for. The file JGDWN_CER18C_SHA.TAB has what looks like spherical harmonics up to order 18, except I don't know the ...
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When will NASA PubSpace really make publicly available most of NASA funded research papers?

The Science Alert article All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free is worth reading and contains several links and quotes. Here is one excerpt: The database is called PubSpace, ...
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Has budgetary support for Juno been extended, or is it running out?

The Yahoo news article NASA’s Juno snapped another photo of Jupiter that looks like a watercolor painting is a reminder that Juno is generating plenty of data and beautiful images. The Juno ...
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Is data from Huygens still being analyzed in 2018?

The Huygens probe landed on Saturn's moon Titan about 13 years ago and provided unique "first-hand" data about Titan. I was unable to find how many papers have been published based on this data, but ...
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Satellite Positions in ICRF

For a project I need precise satellite positions in ICRF. After doing some searching I was not able to determine any online resource which provides such time series. In detail I am interested in the ...
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What data is coming back from Space-X's Starman and his ride? [duplicate]

Other than the video, is any other telemetry or sensory data being beamed back to Earth for science?
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What's the rationale behind the false colours in solar observation photographs? [closed]

Images from SOHO, SDO and other sun observatories are often coloured differently for different wavelengths or temperatures: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/science/Sun-Wavelength-Chart....
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“UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error” - what precisely was the “error”?

From the BBC: A British schoolboy has discovered that a piece of Nasa's top space research is flawed. Miles Soloman, a student at Tapton School in Sheffield, was taking part in a project run ...
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How can the CYGNSS spacecrafts (actually) measure ocean roughness?

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System is a group of 8 smallsats which will orbit near the equator (inc=30°) and work as a constellation to take data on typhoons and hurricanes. While they are ...
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How will OSIRIS-REx scan and characterise the near-earth asteroid Bennu?

The 34 day launch window for the OSIRIS-REx probe will open in about five weeks (early September 2016), and it's approach to the near earth asteroid 101955 Bennu (provisional designation 1999 RQ36) is ...
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Data from space missions

Is in general possible to download data from space missions? I mean "raw" data from sensors instead of the few artistic pictures released to public. Or do scientists keep those files in their secret ...
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Are there any publicly available real-time data stream containing measurements outside Earth?

Analyzing data coming from outside Earth (such as the temperature around Curiosity on Mars, or the radiation level on geosynchronous orbit around Earth, etc.) might be an interesting task and/or hobby ...
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Is there free, accurate and updated data on planetary body positions in the solar system?

I'm a software developer and I'm trying to move towards astrophysics. I wanted to create an accurate solar system model using real-time accurate data. I've found the NASA data site, however I can only ...
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When did Kepler roll over and how does it match the anomalies of KIC 8462852?

The Kepler space telescope, during its first mission, rolled over four times per year in order to keep its heat shield facing the Sun. At what dates (in that BJD time format) was this done during the ...
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Calculation of coordinates from JPL Small-body database parameters?

I would like to write a script that can calculate the distance between two asteroids at some moment in time, given some object in the JPL database of asteroids and comets, so available parameters are ...
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How do I properly use the LROC Image Search tool?

My current favorite lunar imagery tool is Arizona State's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter site. (Sorry LMMP.) It has a section where you can search for imagery by filling out a form, which is great ...
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How do scientists detect amino acids in space?

In this section of a wiki article it talks about scientist finding amino acids in outer space, or at least complex molecules and such. Also this video says how there is alcohol in Sagitarius B2. How ...
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How do we know that Voyager's data is correct?

I was wondering for some time how we know that the scientific data received by the Voyager spacecrafts are correct? Specifically, I'm wondering about the recent "tsunami-wave" (frequency of ionized ...
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Why did NASA intentionally crash the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on the moon?

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was intentionally crashed into the moon by NASA but why did they crash the craft instead of leaving it in orbit, or was it a part of some ...
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What's the public availability of data gathered by NASA probes?

The probes sent by NASA generate a lot of data for scientists to study, but how available is it to non-NASA affiliated scientists? For instance, would I (a layperson) be able to get the raw data ...
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Are there any (free) online data archives for data from instruments on Soviet / Russian missions?

There are actually plenty of ftp-servers etc. in the U.S. and Europe, which host raw and pre-processed data of various instruments from old space exploration missions. Usually it is for free, although ...