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Do astronauts use plumber's bifocals?

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Apollo 13's plutonium RTG re-entry into the Tonga Trench: Good shootin' or good luck?

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Was Starship’s “launch window” administrative, rather than due to orbital mechanics?

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Why are eclipses of the James Webb by the Earth or Moon not permitted during the mission?

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Why are unused launch abort rockets jettisoned rather than used to augment thrust?

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Has Buzz Aldrin’s Line-of-Sight rendezvous method ever been used?

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How is the Quantum Drive performing on board the BARRY-1 cubesat?

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What’s the story behind the Armstrong shoe phone gag?

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Is there still a legless phantom crew member on ISS?

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Does "% Throttle" refer to fuel flow or thrust?

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How does SpaceX plan to supply or recycle respiratory gasses?

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How do the interferometers on the drag-free satellite LISA receive power without altering their geodesic trajectory?

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Can a meteor shower have a period of less than 1 year?

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Is 2001: A Space Odyssey's Discovery One still a plausible design for interplanetary travel?

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Would a sufficiently deep cavern on Mars provide habitable temperature and atmospheric pressure? Was Dick Tracy wrong?

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What are the "insect antennae" on the MMU (Manned Maneuvering Unit)?

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Why do EVA suits have legs?

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Is there an elegant method to stop an asteroid's spin?

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Is JWST Halo orbit prograde or retrograde and why?

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Does NASA police urine production by astronauts?

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During orbital rendezvous, at what distance and approach velocity does the transition from orbital mechanics to “boating around” occur?

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Could Apollo's Sextant navigation use similar geometry as Marine Navigation?

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How close can a spacecraft get to the Sun if it is limited solely by passive cooling?

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Wouldn’t Super Heavy flip following stage seperation, even without help from its 3 lit engines?

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“Parabolic”, suborbital and ballistic trajectories all follow elliptic paths. Is there a generic term for these trajectories?

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Who was the first left handed astronaut (or cosmonaut) to orbit retrograde?

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Question: By design, JWST cannot observe in the anti-sun direction. Is this due to Gegenschein backscatter?

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Why do Atlas III and V use Russian RD-180 engines?

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How much of what we see as “satellites” is space junk?

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Will ISS astronauts be able to observe the 2024 solar eclipse?