I think we'll get more and more into deep trouble if the astronomy proposal is becoming another active site competing with at least this one. I observe more and more questions here, which could perfectly belong into astronomy but are also valid questions here. (I will compile a list if requested.)
Merging astronomy and space exploration has been proposed before, with mixed responses. See e.g. the following discussion: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6193/boundary-between-space-exploration-and-astronomy-sites
I hereby acknowledge, that astronomy is its own independent field of science with some rather unique questions, instruments, traditions and philosophies. Still, the overlap with "exploring space" is enormous. Space exploration missions are started for answering astronomical questions. Astronomical equipment is used for communicating with space probes in deep space and even to complement their data by looking at e.g. objects in the solar system. A lot of engineering problems can be found in both fields equally. Scientific stuff like Radio Science Subsystems included in e.g. Cassini can clearly not be put into either category. Recent topics like exoplanets are more and more uniting scientists of "space exploration disciplines" (planetology, geophysics, etc.) and astronomy. In a way, space exploration has emerged from astronomy and is going back to its roots.
Ignoring the scientists, I see one more way of looking at it. In my day to day life, I am asked quiet a lot about space stuff from non-experts (people know, that I am interested and professionally involved in it). I experience a lot of actually, well, dumb questions. There is no better way to express this. There is e.g. a lack of respect for astronomical distances or other, rather fundamental facts. Still, people who ask such questions are in fact interested and deserve a proper answer. So how do you handle questions like "Why aren't we flying astronauts to exoplanets?" or "Why do not we build better telescopes, so we can see the aliens wave at us?" ... Dumb, for sure, but they need a lot of explanation in terms of today's space exploration capabilities, the concepts of astronomy and, well, a lot of basic science, unfortunately. If we want to catch peoples attention, we can not ignore such questions, especially not in an open online community like this. If we want space exploration to succeed, its needs backing from the general public rather than kicks in the ass by so-called professionals.
I see two possible scenarios: First, we keep it separated. It might cause a lot of confusion with where to ask a number of questions and it will eventually require very very very good FAQs on both sites. To emphasize this statement, if we were to successfully separate the two by a scientifically sound, fundamental definition, we could as well aim for a Nobel price. Second possibility, we merge (and adjust the name). This may also cause trouble with convincing people etc. and it would require a very good set of tags, tag-wikis and tagging guide-lines.
After all, we all are interested in exploring space.
Dropping the massive clanger - here I go. Any thoughts?
(I do not have any problem with being voted down, but be fair, explain, why you think that I am wrong.)
(2014-08-02 / symbolic edit on a user's request)