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What eliminates the velocity when occupants return from ISS to earth, and how much?

The ISS has an orbital velocity of ~28000 km/h; the velocity $v$ relative to the landing site of the descent module is probably even higher than that most of the time. Once the occupants have landed, ...
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How hard do you have to throw something off the ISS to make it deorbit?

During Expedition 41 Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst replaced a failed pump on the outside of the ISS. I am guessing they took the broken pump back inside the ISS and returned it to earth in one of ...
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How to calculate the speed of rotation of a given point on the Earth's WGS84 ellipsoid, about its axis?

Launches often happen near the equator in order to take advantage of Earth's rotation speed. This is why more launches are towards the East than towards the West. How can one calculate the speed of ...
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benefits of higher rocket speed [closed]

what benefits will a rocket get if it is made to go at a speed close to light... like 3 X 10^6? if the rocket is supplied with more efficient fuel and designed to obtain lesser drag there are ...
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Maximum velocity achieved by solar sail

What is the maximum (theoretical) velocity that can be achieved by solar-sail technology? Can we get close to the speed of light with that?