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use of space exploration or space-access technology for primarily artistic purposes

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Design of 1970s era orbital fuel depot

Multiple concept art examples for a 1970s orbital fuel depot from Marshall Space Flight Center show cylindrical tanks perpendicular to a central core. But then at one end of the central core are ...
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How does this spinach-growing Mars lander design work?

@geoffc left a link in Chat to the extensive article in Nasa Spaceflight The Evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket. On the second page there is a bit of Mars vs Musk history: Musk’s ambitions of doing ...
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What do these patterns on Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity represent, and how are they applied?

The NPR news article Virgin Galactic Space Plane Reaches New Heights In Test Flight links to the Virgin Galactic YouTube video VSS Unity | Third Rocket Powered Flight which is quite beautiful to watch!...
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What do these GPS-related emblems represent? Does one of them show “Marvin the Martian”?

The Wikipedia page linked in @OrganicMarble's answer about the Air Force Space and Missile Museum contains the image below, of a (now retired) GPS monitoring station. To the right of the station ...
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Puzzler; “who” are the members of this family of comet-visiting spacecraft?

In the video Once upon a time... Rosetta's grand finale (also in ESA Space Videos) mentioned in this answer there is a "family portrait" showing Rosetta along with previous comet-visiting spacecraft. ...
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Is this ISS artwork old but accurate? Was there a radiator that looked like this once?

Along with today's NPR.org news article NASA Needs Backup Plan To Maintain U.S. Presence At Space Station, Watchdog Says there is a big of ISS artwork of the ISS. The caption says: International ...
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What ESA video contains this “family portrait” of comet-visiting spacecraft?

I don't use (or condone) FaceBook, but nonetheless I stumbled upon this page from a search: https://www.facebook.com/ISEE3Reboot/photos/a.801544933207256.1073741827.800538433307906/1384594101569000/?...
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Is the Hollywood “Enemy of the State” satellite at all based on a real satellite?

The page on the model maker Asylum FX's website shows some stills of a model used in the production of the movie Enemy of the State. We fabricated a 15ft long satellite model for motion control ...
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Who is the NASA Space artist of this circa 1978 satellite montage? Does a key listing each item exist?

The Ars Technica article As mega-constellations loom, US seeks to manage space debris problem uses this beautiful drawing of current and future spacecraft from a circa 1978 perspective. It's been used ...
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What might this “NS” mean in this speculation about this Mars rover's future prospects?

The Reddit xkcd 695: apparently CERN scientists couldn't handle the sad ending contains the following image. In the 2nd to last panel of the bottom added-on row, the text looks like it says Sorry ...
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Who is the artist of this image appearing in an article about a Russian space laser?

According to the Tech Times article Russia Constructing Powerful 'Space Laser' To Remove Some 500,000 Junk Items Orbiting The Earth: Russia is still making its mark in space and it is doing so by ...
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Why was the “Presidential Panorama of Mars” called presidential?

From The Astronomy Picture of the Day for 2000 May 14 : Explanation: Scroll right to unfold one of the great panoramas ever taken on the surface of Mars. For best viewing, click and hold the right ...
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What Soviet-era space-related film is this Nick Stevens tweet referring to?

@antzi's post in chat lead me to the Nick Stevens' Twitter account in which I found the following 9-Apr-2018 Tweet: Soviet film, dramatized version of #Korolev and #Gagarin with the ADU-1000 Pluton ...
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Who were the space artists who made this (possibly) first “paint-by-numbers” image of Mars?

The COSMOS Magazine article First mission to Mars: Mariner 4’s special place in history July 14, 1965, forever changed the way we see Mars. Tim Wallace looks back at one of NASA’s greatest triumphs ...
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Is there any way to tell which NASA rover this “rover” might be modeled after?

In the OK Go! YouTube video linked below, there is a generic model of a planetary rover with a NASA logo on it. It has six wheels, (four on one articulated carriage) a vertical mast with a T-shape on ...
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Was the Orbit Pavilion triggered by real communications events?

The October 2016 NASA JPL news article Art Turns Public Eyes (and Ears) Toward Space describes an artistic interpretation of the communications between a number of NASA Earth satellites and ground ...
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Identify this rocket and launch site from Gilligan's Island episode?

Since @geoffc has broken the "Gilligan's Island Barrier" with this answer I'd like to ask about the Space-themed episode 22 of Season 3 "Splashdown" which aired on February 20, 1967. What launch ...
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How accurate is this Apollo Command Module replica, and why would it be copper-colored?

Reading the Quartz article How do you design an office for robots? I saw what is certainly a replica of most likely an Apollo command module ("space capsule") in several of the photos, the largest of ...
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Tradeoffs using a battery/motor/gyro versus tangential thrusters to spin a spherical shell in space?

Using the Humanity Star (see this answer for example for background/context), consider two possibilities for spinning a small spherical shell at a low rate, say perhaps in the neighborhood of 2 to 10 ...
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Does Humanity Star have non-reflective triangular panels? If so, what are their characteristics?

Rocket Lab has successfully launched a rocket from New Zealand and placed several objects in orbit, see here for example. One payload is New Zealand's first satellite the Humanity Star, a reflective ...
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Segways on the Moon?

Looking through NASA Johnson's Flickr I saw this photo. The complete caption is shown below. What are these? How do they work? Are those tractor wheels at the bottom? Why are they orange and so ...
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Why does this rocket have a nose cone “cozy”?

A tea cozy keeps the tea in a teapot warmer longer by insulating it. Why does the nose of the rocket shown in Apollo-era file footage used in this video (lower your volume before watching) have a ...
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Why were Sónar Calling GJ273b messages called secret?

Sónar Calling GJ273b is in the news, at the time of this question, for sending messages into space in an attempt to contact aliens. Some news sites are calling the messages "secret". Does anyone know ...
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What do these Formosat-5 patch images mean - who designed them?

Researching for the question What does the four-leafed clover on Zuma's (and others') mission patch signify? I came across the site http://spacexpatchlist.space/ I can't be sure of the validity of the ...
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What does the four-leafed clover on mission patches produced by SpaceX signify?

According to Spaceflight Now's article Top secret ‘Zuma’ mission puzzles satellite trackers, SpaceX's mission patch for the Zuma Falcon 9 mission is that shown below (and in the article). I noticed ...
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What caused this bright light from the ground at night seen from the ISS?

The music video on the NASA Johnson YouTube channel The Sound (& Visions) of Silence shows images and video of Earth taken from the ISS by astronauts Sergey Ryazanskiy, Paolo Nespoli, and ...
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Is there a planet walk with the positions of Voyager 1 and 2?

There are a lot of walks like the Sagan Planet Walk (see the list on Wikipedia). But are there any of these walks that include the position of the Voyager space probes? Some days ago I was ...
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Expedition 53 group portrait - what's up with the cool shirts?

The image is from NASA Media Advisory M17-124 Georgia Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station but there is no mention of the cool shirts. below: The six Expedition 53 crew members ...
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Could a modified Jiffy Pop container survive atmospheric re-entry to deliver fresh popcorn anywhere in the world? [closed]

In the 1960s the USSR developed the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. We can call this system FOBS for short. This system permitted the launch of a payload of nuclear warheads which briefly ...
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Two week mark; has Mayak (Маяк) been spotted yet? Reflector deployed? Astronomy “ruined”?

Deborah Byrd's article Have you seen the Mayak satellite? explains Mayak with a bit of humor: A team of young Russians – led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) – managed to ...
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Mayak, a magnitude -10 (minus ten) satellite; how is the large, delicate reflector expanded?

The July 14, 2017 NASA Spaceflight article Soyuz 2-1A launches with Kanopus-V-IK and over 70 satellites says: Mayak is a three-unit CubeSat which was built by Tvoii Sektor Kosmosa – or “Your Sector ...
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Artificial Shooting Stars - how could this possibly work (economically/technologically)?

update March 2018: I just saw this in Buzzfeed (Google sent me there, I don't normally read it): Rich People Will Soon Be Able To Buy Fake Meteor Showers On Demand @Antzi mentioned below the question ...
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Has anyone seen an actual spectrum of a satellite made by an amateur photographer?

If you use a shallow wedge prism or very low dispersion diffraction grating (e.g. circa 100 lines/mm) front of a camera, you can photograph the spectra of stars with a modern DSLR camera with a fast, ...
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What is the story behind NICER's mission patch?

The upcoming SpaceX launch with the apparently first re-use of a dragon capsule will bring with it the NICER array. NICER is a directional X-ray spectrometer with very precise timing capability. It ...
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Why did New Horizons have to be spin-balanced to grams-level precision? (With quarters!)

This story about receiving a roll of Space-Themed Florida State commemorative quarters from the Governor of Florida mentions that the New Horizons spacecraft had to be "spin-balanced" to grams-level ...
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Could you enter this building when it was over New York City?

The Forbes article New York Architects Plan Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space describes a sky scraper suspended from an asteroid in a geosynchronous (but not geostationary) orbit ...
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Who are the space artists behind these images of the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar?

According to this interesting item, the artist of this auction-found poster is Robert McCall. But who are the space artists who produced these two images of the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar?
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Who does these mesmerizing simulations of the phases of the Moon? And how?

It's lunar new year here and people will be lighting fire crackers and launching bottle rockets off and on until dawn, so I thought I would read up on it. EarthSky.org's Moon Phases update Your new ...
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Puzzler: Is this a Sputnik?

I was enjoying the Trailer to the YouTube site Kinematic, and I noticed that the satellite or model shown in the beginning looks different than how I remember the original Sputnik - specifically the ...
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Is this one coherent set of images or a mixture of several missions?

In this video recognize what looks like a Project Echo reflective balloon, and what looks like the famous Holmdel N.J. Microwave Horn antenna, but then there are one or more rockets shown, and several ...
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Who is the space artist?

The August 24, 2016 NASA news item: New NASA Record Holder For Cumulative Days in Space congratulates ISS station commander Jeff Williams for passing 520 total days in space - a new NASA astronaut ...
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What technical challenges would be playing this LP in (actual) space?

In the NYTimes article Third Man Records Sends a Vinyl Record Into Space an LP record player was designed and built to be flown in a balloon. It seems to have achieved only about 28.5 km which is ...
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Could an ISS astronaut photograph something like this 1km “Van Gogh” if they knew it was there?

At the end of December 2015, a giant "painting" made of 4 million color-sorted recycled bottles was put on display in Keelung, Taiwan. The Indian Express says it's 53 hectares, which is 530,000 square ...
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What would be the (most difficult) challenge to make a “10,000 year satellite”?

Update: Bezos' recent Tweeted update on the 10,000 year clock. Also see The Verge's Construction begins on Jeff Bezos’ $42 million 10,000-year clock The discussions associated with the question Can ...