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Where does the low-earth-orbit tag end and the very-low-earth-orbit tag begin? How should they be defined?

low-earth-orbit 347 questions Questions regarding Low Earth Orbit or LEO, which refers to orbits at an altitude between approximately 160 kilometers / 100 miles and 2,000 kilometers / 1,200 miles. ...
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Duplicate Mars colonization questions

Two questions which seem to be essentially the same question of colonizing Mars versus a space station: Feasibility: self-sustaining colony on Mars vs. Space Station (June 2014, 3 answers) Why Mars ...
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Should we revive the developing-space-programs tag by adding it to all applicable questions, or just delete or combine with space-program?

developing-space-programs 7 questions: The developing-space-programs tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? seems to be an experiment that's run its course. While I think we've had ...
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Do we need both equipment and ground-equipment tags?

equipment 30 questions The equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ground-equipment 2 questions The ground-equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ...
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What is the prediction tag for? Do we need it?

I found the prediction tag (11 questions currently) on Terraforming — when and where — current estimates? where it was added by a new user assuming it belongs on questions about predicting ...
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How does one report an offensive suggested edit?

on suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/27923 for question Are there any long term storable sources of vitamin C? There is a VERY offensive "suggested edit" ...
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Hot topics? Cool questions? thermal, thermal-control, heat, heat-flow, cooling, sub-cooled, liquid-cooled tags; is there room for some consolidation?

thermal: 96 questions How heat affects spacecraft and space missions, or materials and methods to deal with heat. thermal-control: 67 questions Questions about heat management in spacecraft heat: ...
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How to determine on which questions the falcon9-r and falcon-9 tags do and don't belong?

note: I'm perplexed by the answer to Can we merge [falcon9-r] into [falcon-9]? since there still seems to be two different tags with different question counts! There are currently 36 questions tagged ...
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Looking for that cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website that's been discussed here

There were several questions here about n-body simulations and spacecraft trajectories that were asked in relation to the development of a cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website. The ...
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How extensively should we interrogate/pursue post authors about suspected ulterior motives or suspected thoughts or beliefs?

NASA is quite a transparent organization with extensive public outreach and is therefore exposed to all kinds of things. To our great advantage as a Stack Exchange community we have many users (and ...
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Difference between [law], [regulatory] and [international-politics] tags? The last two have no use guidance, what might that be?

law 117 questions: Relating to treaties, laws, ownership and disputes during the exploration of space. For non-space exploration related law questions, see our sister site Law Stack Exchange. ...
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We have the "record" tag, would a tag for "firsts" or "how many" question be helpful to make these answers grouped and easy to find?

The record tag currently has 127 questions, and this makes all the valuable answers about space records (most, smallest, etc.) easily accessible to future readers. We also have classes of questions &...
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What can I do to try to see if I have overlooked or under-appreciated the acceptability of answers so that I can accept them?

I checked my stats: 'user:12102 is:question` yields 2,338 posts. adding isanswered:yes yields 1,985 posts or 85% (the whole site is currently around 88%) adding <...
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Is this question about evaluating my math regarding a fictional spacecraft on-topic?

Background I've written a short story set in a sci-fi universe. It involves a spaceship traveling across interstellar distances, so I'm sure there are a bunch of issues I've hand-waved away regarding ...
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Shall we make it explicit site policy that screenshots of text ≠ readable text?

As a helpful example only, this otherwise great answer to Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible? relies heavily on the readers ability to read ...
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Is CSS a better tag for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace")?

Background Because Stack Exchange sites are requited to stick to English (except for those specifically in other languages) we sometimes make certain choices. For example it's been previously ...
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Would a “space-governance” new tag be of interest?

With the growing number of private space activities, both for commercial and for non-profit (educational/scientific/hobbies/...), it is legitimate to ask questions on whether a regulatory framework ...
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Need help looking for a question about the veracity of an anecdote (astronaut floating in middle spacecraft) and the video I think I've linked there

I've spent about 10 minutes searching every way I know how for a question about a story/anecdote that an astronaut wrote about. It asked about a recounted story of the astronaut exiting a capsule and ...
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Tag name for MMU, SAFER, and similar?

What would be a good tag name for devices that help propel a spacewalking astronaut? Such devices include the MMU, SAFER, and the canned gas that Ed White used during his spacewalk. I have a pending ...
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How should questions about a characteristic of multiple launchers be handled?

Following up on this question, I'd like to ask about the temperature requirements for various solid boosters, including but not limited to Shuttle SRBs, SLS SRBs, and the Minotaur I's second stage. I'...
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Should old questions by a deleted user not be re-asked just so someone can choose the accepted answer?

The following question was asked 26 days ago: Is there independent evidence that China landed a robot on Mars in May 2021? Since then, the asker of the original question has deleted the account. An ...
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Should lop-g, deep-space-gateway and gateway be synonymized? If so, to what?

We have lop-g with 5 questions deep-space-gateway with 18 questions gateway with 2 questions Which may all want to refer to the Lunar Gateway: The Lunar Gateway, or simply Gateway, is a planned ...
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Is breakthrough-starshot the best tag, and should the project-starshot tag now be a synonym for it?

We have breakthrough-starshot (3 questions) and project-starshot (8 questions) and the Wikipedia article Breakthrough Starshot says: Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by ...
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Should we clean up and separate 'attitude' and 'attitude-determination-and-control' questions, or just further merge these last two tags?

Thanks to the retiring of the adcs tag we now have: attitude 211 questions: Questions on ascertaining, predicting, and controlling spatial orientation and rotation of spacecraft, and on forces that ...
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Get rid of the old ADCS tag and either merge with attitude-control or attitude-determination-and-control?

We have had the old adcs tag since October 2016 and I think I created it. The acronym is for Attitude Determination and Control System. Random links legitimizing the acronym Attitude Determination ...
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Why was the Falcon 9 wash/paint question closed as duplicate?

Link to Q: Do Falcon 9s get a thorough wash or a fresh coat of paint (they look clean pre-reflight)? It was voted leave open the first time, but it was closed, and the reopen review was also 3x leave ...
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My question was closed for being off-topic even though the admins moved it here

So, a while ago I asked a question over on the astronomy stack and the admins migrated it here, soon after that happened the question was closed for being off-topic. Later it got moved back to the ...
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Is the single-use attitude-indicator tag necessary? Should it just be synonymized with instrument?

This is about a reasonable tag that may be used so infrequently and has a good alternative that I wonder if we should cull it out of good tag hygene practice. What order were space shuttle roll-pitch-...
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While the first nine Alcubierre drive questions were on-topic, why is what an astronaut would see gazing out the back window be off-topic?

If you travelled at exactly the speed of light, what would the stars look like behind you? was closed as off topic, reasons include I think that it's clearly not relevant to space exploration (if ...
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Can we pleeease buy the space.se domain name?

Space.se seems to be an available domain name. It doesn't load any site and isn't parked anywhere. When I try to go to it I just get a 'this site can't be reached' error. It's for sites in Sweden, but ...
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Is this particular close vote's reason absurd and the timing damaging to the site? Does this make us look silly?

I propose that the idea behind this particular close vote is absurd and the timing is damaging to the site. The upcoming uncontrolled Long March 5B booster reentry is imminent (days) and is widely ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

Why was this answer https://space.stackexchange.com/a/51696/40252 to this question Is "Stranded in the middle of the room" by retired NASA astronaut Dan Barry the unvarnished truth? deleted ...
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Missing 'Rollback' button

https://space.stackexchange.com/posts/51696/revisions at the top has no 'Rollback' button/link, only "Source Edit Link Full". Why is that? Is it because the answer was deleted an hour after ...
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Alternate orbital mechanics question

I have a question that I think is quite fascinating, but first, I don't know if it really belongs here, and second, I don't know how to phrase it in a constructive, answerable format for a Q&A ...
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Do we need a 'livery' tag?

Ref: Livery on rockets? It seems unlikely that this tag will be very useful. Are there roughly similar ones already?
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I didn't get a notification about a comment that @-mentioned me

I didn't get a notification about the following comment: @MatthewChristopherBartsh many science journalists have absolutely no clue about the topic they are writing about and just regurgitate ...
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We have both electric-propulsion and ion-thruster tags, are they distinct? What would be good usage guidance for electric-propulsion?

The ion-thruster tag is used on 125 questions and it's usage guidance is: Questions about engines used in space that accelerate ions to create thrust. and it has been synonymized with ion-drive, ion-...
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Is there enough overlap between these four "space ship shape" questions to close at least one as duplicate?

Is there enough overlap between these four "space ship shape" questions to close at least one as duplicate? Are there enough stray gasses in space to justify streamlining a probe? Is the ...
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What's going on with all the downvoting on my answers here?

Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion? asks what it asks. In the body of the question it's restated as: Has the "ion sorcery" for light gases like ...
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Why the repeated downvotes on fine questions?

I fully expect this to be deleted in 10 seconds flat. That's OK. I've noticed various people are downvoting perfectly fine questions for no apparent reason whatsoever. Worse, they don't bother to say ...
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Is the [radio] tag necessary?

There are 18 questions tagged radio. I am proposing deleting it, as it is largely redundant and confused with other tags. 10 are also tagged radio-communication. 2 more are tagged radio-astronomy or ...
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What do you think about a weekly new tag report bot?

I moderate other communities outside of Stack Exchange, and in most other cases I have put on my app developer hat to make some helpful bots. I haven't done that yet for Space Exploration, but I'm ...
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At what point does a question about what happens inside a rocket engine become absolutely off-topic? (rocket fuel reaction products chemistry)

Under the well-answered, currently closed and on its way to be reopened (please vote!) question What is the products of a catalyzed reaction between Hydrogen Peroxide and Ethanolamine with Copper(II) ...
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Please help me to understand how tags end up visible when you start typing a different but related term in the tagging window of a question post

I've been active in Stack Exchange for several years and posted many questions, and while I'm not stupid per se I have never figured out how the site's tagging system works. It's a black box to me. I ...
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Are questions about the U.S. Space Force on topic? Tag needed?

There have been questions and answers which have mentioned the U.S. Space Force. Do we want questions specifically about it on-topic? If so, should there be a tag? How should such a tag be spelled ...
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Would a "pyrotechnics" tag be useful?

We currently have an explosives tag. It has 13 questions, ranging in topic from explosive decompression, explosives as a propellant, the ALSEP grenades, and pyrotechnics. I have some interest in ...
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60th anniversary of Gagarin's flight

Update: The first human spaceflight was Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. Space Exploration celebrated the 60th anniversary with a series of questions: Was the SK-1 spacesuit tested in flight prior to ...
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Where to ask a question about rocket fuel?

I want to ask a question about rocket fuel, and I'm wondering if I should do it here or on chemistry. It would be about an alternative to certain fuels. Where should I ask this? Thanks!
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Are these two similar questions ripe for merging?

Answers to my recent question How hard does atmospheric drag push on the ISS? Is it more than one pound? and the 2015 question What is the ISS drag? both provide numbers for the drag force that the ...
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Is there a way to search for all questions by a user who deleted their account?

I'm looking for a reference I provided in a comment to a question asked by a user who subsequently deleted their account. There were a lot of related questions so I can't remember which one it was by ...

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