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How stable is our universe? [migrated]

I've been reading and thinking about this subject for some time but i can't seem to find a clear answer. after reading : Aspects of the Higgs boson suggest that our universe is only “marginally ...
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Liquid shield for spacecraft? [closed]

Initially this question was going to be on how to improve the Parker Solar Probe shield. While time passed I saw other possibilities for using this method for active shielding. Could a shield heated ...
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Physical characteristics of Explorer I whip antennas

What was the diameter of Explorer I's whip antennas, and what material were they made of? I am trying to write a simulation of the satellite's spin reorientation. The Smithsonian lists antenna ...
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Shape Memory Metal Self Stablizing Solar Sail

Can the frame of a solar sail be made with shape-memory metals to contract in a way to maintain orientation to the Sun either in orbit or interplanetary? Would there be enough temperature difference ...
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How much does the tidal effect affect satellites in a retrograde orbit?

How much more unstable are satellites in retrograde then a pro-grade orbit? Does the stability of a retrograde orbit increase with altitude? This answer said this orbit is unstable and made me think,...
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What liquids last the longest in space?

I am trying to find something that is somewhat stable as a liquid in space. What happens to various liquid elements and compounds in a vacuum? Is there a list or table of the effects of local space ...
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Would adding a long pole to the International Space Station keep it from tumbling via gravity gradient stabilization?

What things can be done mechanically to make the ISS more stable in a dormant state without a crew? I have listed a couple of links that may work, but I am open for constructive criticism and new ...
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What is the restoring force that brings the Blue Origin capsule back from flipping (at first)?

In the early part of the recent Blue Origin video Replay of Mission 9 Webcast they show footage of an earlier test of the capsule's emergency escape solid rocket from October 2016. Currently seen ...
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Have any vehicles used asymmetrically variable thrust for active stabilisation? [duplicate]

Have there been any tests or attempts at developing a propulsion system that uses variable thrust for attitude control (particularly during launch)? Conventional systems often use fully gimballed ...
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Do all rigid bodies of radius r have at least one stable orbit with perihelion p such that 2r > p > r?

In reading about the TESS mission, I was ultimately led to this NASA commentary from 2006, discussing how lumpy Earth's moon is. One of the points made is that there exist only 4 orbital inclinations ...
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What do they mean by “stabilizing height”

I have found this text in an article: "The most recent test saw the missile explode about two or three minutes after launch. According to South Korean military experts, the missile reached an ...
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ISRO's space plane on top of of a rocket - how unstable was it?

ISRO's space plane was launched on top of a rocket into a sub-orbital trajectory, with separation from the lift vehicle around 45 km and a maximum altitude of about 65 km, based on an analysis of the ...