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What is the most heated exoatmospheric conflict to-date?

Consider this dramatization of Apollo 13 as an explanation of why it is probable we don't know what the most heated argument has ever been in space: Astronauts worry ...
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What is the most heated exoatmospheric conflict to-date?

Interpersonal conflicts (including those occurring in space) are documented in a few of the franker astronaut memoirs, and a few other books. They are often heavily anonymized to avoid identification ...
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Are deployed astronauts (e.g. on their way to or already on ISS) notified if something of importance happens to one of their family members?

They would be informed immediately, and have been in the past. Space Station Astronaut Dan Tani was informed over private radio channel last night that his mother was killed in a car accident. ...
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Why did the Apollo lunar missions not let all astronauts at least set foot on the Moon's surface?

Well for starters the 3rd guy was orbiting the moon, not on the moon so it would be impossible for him to set foot on the moon, But the real reason was they needed someone to make sure everything in ...
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What psychological issues do astronauts experience during spaceflight, caused by spaceflight?

The psychological effects experienced by the Apollo astronauts are well documented - check out Andy Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" and Andrew Smith's "Moondust" for two great insights. Chris Hadfield ...
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At what point of a standard transition from Earth to Mars do both planets have the same apparent magnitude, and what's its value?

As pointed out in the comments, there are many things to consider, but let's try to pull out reasonable assumptions for an estimation. Apparent magnitude being meant with respect to the crew of the ...
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Concepts for interior color of interplanetary crewed spacecraft

I'm not quite sure what the documentary you saw was referring to in particular, but it seems likely that Galina Balashova's design work in the Soviet space program is relevant. From the article: ...
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At what point of a standard transition from Earth to Mars do both planets have the same apparent magnitude, and what's its value?

I've done a quick numerical integration for a circular Earth orbit and elliptical orbits for Mars and the Ship on a Hohmann transfer ellipse. I normalized to 1 AU so 1 year corresponds to a time of $2 ...
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What psychological issues do astronauts experience during spaceflight, caused by spaceflight?

This news article (in Russian) describes a study conducted on ISS cosmonauts: In order to study "cosmic illusions", a large-scale experiment was conducted by Institute of Biomedical Problems of the ...
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How does an astronaut pack for the ISS?

For anyone interested, JSC has a list of “government furnished equipment,” and, “flight crew equipment,” which has been approved for use in space. The commercial products listed within can be selected ...
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Are deployed astronauts (e.g. on their way to or already on ISS) notified if something of importance happens to one of their family members?

As Organic Marble already pointed out here: Astronauts would be informed immediately. I'd like to add to that: Generally there is nothing that prevents communication from astronauts to their ...
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How many astronauts have had spiritual experiences while in space?

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and astronauts Michael Collins, Ron Garan, Rusty Schweikart, Edgar Mitchell, Tom Jones, Scott Kelly, James Irwin, Mike Massimino, André Kuipers, Chris Hadfield, Sally Ride, and ...
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How many astronauts have had spiritual experiences while in space?

On Apollo 14, Lunar Module Pilot Ed Mitchell conducted a number of ESP (extra-sensory perception) experiments in secret during the coast period between the earth and the moon. The results of his ...
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