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Kapton tape was used for various In-flight Maintenance (IFM) tasks on the shuttle. The Kapton tape was used to repair the standoff cross paint delamination of the Mir Docking Module Axial Target (DMAT) during STS-79 (STS-79 CHIT 015). However, it was officially added to the IFM tool locker for STS-86 and subs. Source: Shuttle IFM tool catalog ( https://www....


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Over the years there's been much discussion of using the Moon as a base for future exploration and exploitation of space. Getting off the Moon is easier than getting off the Earth. Part of this narrative usually involves exploiting lunar resources to build craft and to provision craft with fuel and other consumables such as oxygen. Before any resources can ...


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This answer points out that there were 16 people in space (above 80 km) on July 11, 2021: Seven people on the International Space Station: Three Americans, two Russians, and one from both France and Japan. Three Chinese on the Tiangong Space Station. Six people on Virgin Galactic's Unity, including Richard Branson, two pilots, and three Virgin Galactic ...


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Two of the crewmembers of the future Soyuz MS-19 are scheduled to stay 354 days at the ISS. That will make it the longest stay at the ISS. No crewmember has stayed for one year, much less 2 years. Keep in mind that crew are sent up to perform work (experiments, maintenance) at the station, not merely to be occupants. It's not a hotel.


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What you are describing is pretty much a space tug. Examining that web page, those which were proposed during the Apollo era had a proper crew compartment, and during the Shuttle era and later were uncrewed. So the answer appears to be "no".


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Richard Arnold returned with the rest of his Soyuz MS-08 crew after 196 days in space. Since then, no crew was or is planned to stay for at least a year. Christina Koch stayed the longest during this period, 328 days. (Scott Kelly stayed 340 days, but that was prior to this question.) Two of the future Soyuz MS-19 crew are planned to stay 354 days. ...


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The primary reason for placing astronauts in a seated posture instead of a standing posture is that it is the best posture to tolerate higher accelerations (and for a greater period of time). The seated position places the legs forward of the rest of the body. When the spacecraft accelerates in the forward direction, this displaces blood out of the legs ...


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Main problem will be deadly sound blast that most big rockets generate. 150 decibels is enough to burst your eardrums, 185-200 dB is enough to kill you. Space Shuttle was about 180 dB at launch site, but with the help of sound suppression system. But sound suppression system doesn't limit any rocket sounds blast after the launch and scientist believe that ...


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Partial answer Max q may not be a problem, at least not a fatal problem. Colonel John Stapp survived (albeit with injuries) being exposed to a dynamic pressure of about 1200 lbf / ft^2 in the Sonic Wind rocket sled tests. Shuttle max q was about 700 lbf / ft^2


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On July 11th 2021 16 people were in space1 at the same time. Seven people on the International Space Station: Three Americans, two Russians, and one from both France and Japan. Three Chinese on the Tiangong Space Station. Six people on Virgin Galactic's Unity, including Richard Branson, two pilots, and three Virgin Galactic employees. 1Unity reached a ...


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