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Who transliterates non-Russian names into Russian for space-suit name tags?

Many, many astronauts have gone on to be wonderful orators, educators, advocates for science, education and positive thinking, Major Tom Colonel (ret) and (fmr) ISS Commander Chris Hadfield is just ...
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Where can I find access to information provided by CNSA and Chinese scientists and reputable science authors?

The lack of finality to the current answer to Was Queqiao in a halo or Lissajous orbit? Why do sources disagree? is due in part to the difficulty of finding good, clear, reliable scientific sources ...
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What does the discovery of phosphine mean for the future of venusian exploration? [closed]

There have been proposals (1, 2, 3, 4,...) to send probes into the atmosphere of Venus, but these proposals haven't been selected by space agencies to fly. Some balloons were sent in the 80's, but ...
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What's this creature on the Canadian Space Agency coat of arms, and why is it there?

The Canadian Space Agency has a coat of arms with the following creature on it. What is this creature, and why is it there? A1 Aardvark / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
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Are there any superstitions practiced in space?

I know there are many superstitious rituals practiced on the ground before liftoff. A well known superstition/tradition is urinating on the rear right tire of the vehicle bringing cosmonauts and ...
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How did Canada come to be the robotic arm people?

Canada contributed the Canadarm and Canadarm2 for the Shuttle and ISS, respectively. With the Lunar Gateway Canada will contribute the Canadarm3. How did Canada come to make the Canadarm in the ...
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List of words and abbreviations like A-OK and MAG

Is there a list of casual, non-technical words, phrases, abbreviations and the like that have developed in any of the space agencies around the world?
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How many non-crewed deep-space destinations have had intentional broadcasts of music from Earth?

@Ingolifs's answer to the question What was the last message to Opportunity today (13 Feb '19)? quotes ArsTechnica's Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now lost to us: Late ...
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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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From whence (what ground stations) do the world's major space agencies receive signals from their missions?

The ISRO web page Ground Segment says: SRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) will be providing support of the TTC ground stations, communications network between ground stations and ...
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Who's “winning” with launch rate/cadence?

Launch rate, or cadence, is not necessarily a fundamental metric for evaluating a launch provider, but it's an easy one. From India Today's Sept. 18, 2018 article 6 months, 18 missions: ISRO sets new ...
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Funding for Government Run Space Organizations

Do government run space organizations make any money from services they provide (for example NASA's data about the Earth or their services for aviation companies)? Or do they provide all their ...
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Are there rules, policies, or guidelines regarding spacewalking soon after launch?

In light of this answer, where except for a few cases, space walks from the ISS are usually performed starting about a month after arrival at the ISS, are there any rules, policies, or guidelines that ...
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What is the nature and purpose of the treaty that US (NASA) has signed with Australia?

From Australia and the United States sign historic space treaty: In Washington this morning the Turnbull Government signed a treaty with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ...
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Will the countries ever co-operate again for the next upcoming era of Martian exploration? [closed]

In the beginning of space exploration, there was sort of a Space Race between the United States and Soviets in order to achieve something bigger to dominate over one another. But after a matter of ...
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What are the main issues addressed by New Zealand's recent rocket legislation?

The Channel News Asia article New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket says: New Zealand has created new rocket legislation and set up a space agency in anticipation of becoming ...