Questions tagged [space-station]

A space station (or orbital station) is a spacecraft capable of supporting a crew, which is designed to remain in space (most commonly in low Earth orbit) for an extended period of time. For questions about specific space stations (e.g. the ISS, MIR, Salyut 1-7, Tiangong or Skylab), please use corresponding tags.

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Would air circulate in a rotating station on its own?

I know air circulation was a tricky problem on the ISS . I think that in a rotating station the air would be moving with the station, but the air against the “floor” would be moving faster or have ...
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Is there anything on the ISS that would be destroyed if that object were returned safetly to Earth?

Is/was there anything (device, animal, plant, etc.) on the International Space Station that will be destroyed/dead if that object returns to Earth? (Assume that thing/animal is brought in, for example,...
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Where should ion drives be placed on a rotating space station of the lop-sided dumbbell variety?

I have been working on a model of a proposed artificial gravity facility by Joe Carroll, based on this paper. It is an initial concept paper and it doesn't spell everything out, so I am trying to ...
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Does deploying an artificial planet help us study and collect more detailed data about the solar system and the universe?

If we have a space station that can orbit like a planet, wouldn't it give us an advantage in terms of positioning for astronomical experiments? This may also enhance the network transmission ...
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Is it possible to identify the main systems that would be present in a generalized space station?

What are the main parts of any space station? I have been making a 3D model of a hypothetical space station, and I'd like to ask if it is possible to identify some main components and/or subsystems ...
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Could NASA go back to the Moon? [closed]

Even after launching so many space missions, including the one which led Man to the Moon (Apollo 11, July 1969), NASA made several mistakes even in the space programs that followed. For e.g. Space ...
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What orbit would a space station need to stay in orbit for $N$ years?

(posted before on physics stackexchange but was told to come here) I'm reading this book which has a post-apocalyptic setting. At one point you look at the earth from the view of a 1000-year-old ...
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Examples of space research applied to Earthly manufacturing

I remember reading utopian predictions about space manufacturing. It's clear that factories in space delivering consumer goods for your local retailer is not going to happen in the near future. But I'...
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Do spinning space stations slow down without energy input?

One thing I always wondered was if a giant spinning space station that was providing artificial gravity would slow down without any energy input. I would assume that energy is being lost to heat as ...
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Can there be color blind astronauts?

This answer begins with: It appears to have actually been a pole, not a cord. Handrails and handholds, colored blue for quick identification, were located throughout Skylab. ...
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Do space stations have standardized officer designations for crew?

I have some anecdotal information. The ISS has a commander, and I noticed here that it had a Flight Engineer, and in this article (found here) I see that Skylab had a Science Pilot. Do space stations ...
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Why did Skylab have a thick blue flexible cord running down its central axis?

After watching the video below (found here and here and here) I am reminded of the series of possibly less than 100% serious questions here about being weightless in the middle of a large volume and ...
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Can artificial gravity be created by spinning the hull of the space station? [duplicate]

Is it possible to create artificial gravity in space stations by spinning the hull of the same as shown in movies like interstellar and The martian? If yes, at what angular velocity should they be ...
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Would a space station be able to watch a world wide cataclysm and how long would the crew be able to survive for? [closed]

I know there is other questions with similar concerns about there being any protocols in pace if the crew of space station were to witness a world wide cataclysm and the survivability of the crew if ...
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Would Bigelow space stations work if rotated to achieve 1G simulated gravity?

Would Bigelow's proposed space stations work if two of them are connected by a tether and rotated to simulate gravity of 1G (or how much)? Would they hold up structurally? Would there be other ...
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How best to maneuver inside a large room within a space station using only arm and leg motion?

Imagine the following thought experiment: An astronaut is inside an extremely large room within a space station. Suppose that she, for whatever reason, is initially at a zero velocity with respect ...
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Are the mirrors on O'Neill cylinders really feasible?

The classic O'Neill design for a cylindrical space colony has a cylinder four miles in diameter and 20 miles long, with three mirrors reflecting sunlight into the colony. To illuminate the whole ...
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Was that the space station I saw last night? [duplicate]

I was out on my front porch last night around 9pm looking up at the sky and noticed what I first thought was a star in the Eastern sky. It twinkled just a little too much for a star so I thought maybe ...
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How many tons of water is needed to surround ISS's living modules, so the rate of radiation exposure will be the same as on the surface of Earth?

If I understand correctly, it wasn't done because it's very expensive ($ per lbs) and there are no launch systems powerful enough for that? Also, could you please provide formulas and calculations? I ...
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Orbital Strap-on Boosters?

Have there been any proposals to launch a "space station" type of assembly into LEO, then send up some engines to get it to be able to move again? Take for instance something akin to the ISS, but much ...
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Practicalities of docking with a large spinning space station

We've all seen countless examples of spinning habitats in fiction. However there are certain practicalities with these space stations that I can't get my head around, namely around how you'd dock with ...
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What is the response to the criticism of LOP-G project by Zubrin and others?

Many people have aired criticism of the project (see here for some). Was there any response from the project's team or NASA regarding these criticisms?
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What happens to the space station during a solar flare / magnetic storm? [duplicate]

What are the effects on the ISS during a solar flare / magnetic storm? The news often warns that satellites could be affected during a storm. Does the ISS have special protections for that danger?
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Water Compressed on Space Station

I have heard rumors that they use compressed water to save space on transportation to the space station. Is there any possibility of this occurring at any point in space travel history?
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Which astronaut has experienced the largest relativistic shift in time (relative to the surface)?

Following this answer and then this question (where I've linked to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev; the World's Most Prolific Time Traveller) I've noticed that currently Krikalev does not hold the precisely ...
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What is the timespan for a block of Phobos to reach a low orbit around Mars with a solar sail?

Edit: Although this question has been marked as a duplicate of this one about solar sail thrust calculation, they are different because I ask about a solar sail that has an orbital trajectory and ...
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What particles does the space station have to worry about?

I've heard things like "even a paint chip can damage the space station" and I wanted to know to what extent that was true. I imagine the best characterization is what is the minimum momentum or ...
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Has the Earth's shadow on the Moon (lunar eclipse) ever been photographed from Space?

The questions Has the Moon's shadow on the Earth (solar eclipse) ever been photographed from beyond Earth orbit? Is this the only eclipse where Moon's shadow on the Earth (umbra) has been ...
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Space station Freedom - purpose (specialisation) of pressurized modules

A project of Space station Freedom had a long evolution and eventually ended as US segment of International Space Station. For ISS we know specialisation of pressurized modules. What were purposes ...
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What is the minimum diameter to spin a space station to generate 1 G without affecting human vertigo [duplicate]

Thinking about the mars mission. If we had 2 equal weight capsules, how far apart would they need to be to generate 1 earth gravity and not affect the crew. I know from riding the round up when i was ...
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What is the current state of commercial space stations?

Many years ago, in the 2005 - 2010 area, it seemed like there were a lot of proposals to create commercial space habitats. These included inflatable modules, usage of spent fuel tanks, and ...
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Silly concept: repurposing BFS into a spin-gravity habitat

The idea is the following: Launch four passanger carrying (but empty) BFS and a fifth, (satellite deploying version) which carries the central hub, outfitted with spin-up engines. Then manouver the ...
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Energy solutions for space [closed]

One of the primary methods of creating power in space is by solar panels. However upon reading more about silicon based solar panels I got to know how even small dust particles can ruin the whole ...
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How to size Solar Array for Mars Surface

Good morning everyone, I am working on a project for my university where we need to perform a PrePhase A study for a Mars Infrastructure for Propellant production as a means of support for future ...
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Why are centrifuges not used on the space station? [duplicate]

The low tech county fair ride in the picture below is a centrifuge. How difficult would it be to send modified one like this picture to space? It could spin on non bearing engine indefinably to ...
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Where to stream online Tiangong 1 descent?

Are there going to be good free live streams of the descent and if so is there much to be seen anyway?
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How are impact probability maps rigorously calculated?

This is one example of an impact probability map. It was posted in this question and is from Aerospace Corporation. But My question is about the process, not this particular map, although it is a good ...
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Tiangong-1 reentry impact place probabilities

Following all the news concerning Tiangong-1, I have seen the following plot made by the Aerospace Corporation where Blue area: null probability of impact Yellow area: high probability of impact ...
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Why is the International Docking Adapter limited to mother ships and shuttles in a set mass range?

The IDSS ( International Docking System Standard) is a docking standard that every Docking adapter should follow. According to its latest revision: Vehicles using this interface may include light ...
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Why does NASA use freeze-dried food for the ISS?

I watched a short documentary on youtube how NASA workers shop in a supermarket or order products, then get meals like spaghetti cooked at their facilities to be freeze-dried and vacuum-sealed for the ...
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What was going to lift the components of Space Station Freedom?

For the Space Station Freedom (predecessor of ISS), what was the plan for lobbing the various components up into orbit? Was it going to be launched on a modified Saturn V like Skylab was, or were the ...
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Did Tiangong-1 turn the engines on?

The following graph shows the Tiangong-1 radius vector at the perigee, semi-major axis and apogee (scaled to 6371 km just to show an approximate altitude) and its orbit eccentricity: I used the SGP4 ...
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Building space stations with the original, smaller shuttle

In an answer to a recent question we see a plan for many space stations as part of a space infrastructure, with a surface-to-low-Earth-orbit reusable shuttle as another part. This shuttle eventually ...
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Centrifugal Space Station design

If a Space Station designed around centrifugal forces being essential for gravity was to be constructed similar to the fans of a helicopter blade like the image below, how would it differ from a ...
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Can fractional distillation of pure air take place in a space settlement? [closed]

Is it a feasible method of obtaining different gases - such as nitrogen and argon - in space to form the composition of a normal atmosphere in the space settlement?
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Are there any protocols the space station follows if there is an Earth-wide catastrophe?

Are there any protocols the space station (or any space explorer) follows if there is a massive catastrophe on Earth where the responsive parties on the ground would not be available for support/...
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Did any astronaut take a Bible into space?

I am wondering if any astronauts took a copy of the Holy Bible into space. I know the crew of Apollo 8 read part of Genesis 1 in space, but I am wondering if anyone took a full Holy Bible into space.
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My height is 5 feet and weight is 55 kg. Can I be a NASA astronaut?

My dream is to be a NASA astronaut. I am a 16 year old girl from India, my height is currently 5 feet, and my weight is 55kg. Can my height and weight create problems in fulfilling my dream?
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Have any space stations experienced a total solar eclipse?

Have any space stations experienced a total solar eclipse [edit: with the moon blocking out the sun, and seen from the vicinity of the Earth *sigh*]? Otherwise, will any manned satellites pass through ...
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How much radiation shielding would be required for a habitat at Mercury–Sun L5?

Given an O'Neill "Island Three" style cylindrical habitat located at Mercury–Sun L5 orbit, how much radiation shielding would be required to protect the occupants, and how would it need to be ...