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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

Which books, journals, articles, or electronic resources are considered a must-read by scientists, engineers, etc., involved in development and design of space missions? I'm looking for the so-called ...
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Topic of the Week H2/2013 [duplicate]

This was the Topic of the Week thread for 2013. The current thread is here. Please post new suggestions there! One of the things that Stack Exchange in general has found effective is to devote a week ...
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Ideas for off-site Space Exploration community promotion ads

This is not a thread for community ads that would rotate on our own main site, those banner rotations are reserved for already graduated Stack Exchange webistes. However, nobody is stopping us from ...
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Collection of space exploration related infographics

Infographics can be quite convenient sometimes, collating information from multiple sources and/or describing complex concepts in easy to understand and often visually pleasing way. Problem is, there ...
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Science in / vs space exploration - is there a boundary?

There is at least one question, which really bugs me: How hard is the Lunar surface? Yes, this is science. Yes, it is planetary science. Yes, it is about space instruments, landings, engineering, ...
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Rules for “Science Fiction” questions

Are there any rules we want to establish for science fiction-style questions (like this one)? I know Physics.SE doesn't allow any Sci-Fi style questions in any form. Do we want to adopt a policy ...
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Topic of The Week Q1/2014 [duplicate]

For the first quarter of 2014, we're going to make a new Topic of the Week thread - the old one was getting rather crowded. The plan is to make a new one every quarter or so. From the old one: Each ...
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What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?

Official community answer regarding the reality of the Apollo moon landings here: How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? Overall voting, on both our questions here in Meta on how to handle ...
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Topic of The Week [frozen due to lack of community support]

This is the second quarter 2014 Topic of The Week thread, where we are gathering suggestions for which of our main site tags should receive more attention and we should focus on providing more ...
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Where is our demarcation line between Space Exploration and Physics?

There are quite a number of question topics that could fit on either. Do we have thoughts on what will make a question better fit here or on Physics? If it asks for mathematics, does that make it a ...
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Will/would it be impossible for me to add a third bounty here? Why was 500 my only choice for #2?

I've seen some behavior from the bounty system that I did not expect, though it couldn't be called official unexpected behavior. One example is this question. I've been working on it for about 3 ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

There are a lot of calculators, simulators, plotters, visualizers, and libraries of bits of code and models and such online. Many of us are aware of a bunch of them, and they are great learning tools ...
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How can we work to include more professional questions in this site?

So far, I've seen some great questions, mostly on the theoretical level. As Robert Cartaino mentioned on this question, we are lacking in questions in general that are "Real World" problems, the types ...
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Educational resources to accompany Space Exploration

We have a couple threads containing infographics and a wide array of important books covering the topics we discuss on this site. Let's try to collect educational resources! This can include video ...
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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Notice: For clarity, not all amateur projects are off topic, just those that represent intent to perform work matching the bulleted list below. Why are questions about my personal amateur space ...
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What sort of chat events could we schedule?

There are usually a few individuals idling in The Pod Bay, and it has a good level activity. I'd hate to see that activity slump as we move further into beta (as it seems to be with most sites). I ...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

On our site we have the celestial-mechanics tag, which has 37 questions. We also have at least a few more questions beyond that that are also about celestial mechanics but have not been tagged. I ...
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Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51

I've not followed a proposal all the way though beta before. We have example questions that are submitted in the definition phase. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration?...
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Should nonsensical question titles be edited?

Recently this question was posted: Is the ISS a tennis racket? I think the question itself is good, but the question title by itself does not make any sense without context. This makes it useless in ...
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What is the status of Space SE's beta rating?

What is the status of Space SE's beta rating as of January 2016, and when will we become a fully graduated site?
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MathJax in titles?

I have a sense that adding MathJax to titles can interfere with questions being picked up correctly by search engines, and so the practice is discouraged when not particularly helpful. I think I've ...
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Use of the word “Space” in a tag

So far, we have the following tags with the word space in them: space-law space-medicine space-shuttle deep-space space-station space-weather space-junk space-life space-telescope space-elevator ...
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Is beta-graduation the goal here? With a limited reserve of high-quality answer-writers, might it present more challenges?

I'm a big fan of this site, and have spent most of my SE time here. The technical level of the community is an incredible resource, and the moderation top-notch. I think this site is an excellent ...
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Radical proposal: Merge Space Exploration and Astronomy

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 ...
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What feeds should we have in The Pod Bay?

We were recently having a conversation in The Pod Bay, our chatroom (get involved!), about what feeds we should have. These can be RSS feeds, and can contain anything you can fit in an RSS block. Also,...
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Do we want to touch the “moon hoax”?

There was recently a question from someone new who came just to ask about the 'obvious moon hoax'. I wouldn't be surprised if this has come up a bunch of other times. @Mark Bailey tried to save the ...
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Sponsorship proposal - the Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

This meeting is held every year by LEAG, a division of NASA that oversees lunar exploration objectives. It is attended by the best in the area of lunar science and exploration. This year I am going ...
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When are questions regarding Python on topic here?

I only realized we have a python tag the other day when someone added the tag to several questions containing Python code, and then someone else disputed the validity of the tag. But now we have 17 ...
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No sense of humor when people ask obviously classified questions?

I'm a little disappointed my awesome answer to a question about deorbiting classified satellites was deleted. I agree with the moderator comment that it wasn't a serious attempt to answer the ...
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Custom close reasons

Once we get out of the private beta and have our own mods we will need to think about the custom close reasons that each site has. This might be a good time to throw some ideas out there as to what ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Hohmannfan — has stepped down from their ...
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What's our policy on sci-hub links?

If I want to link a paywalled paper as my source, can I post a direct link through sci-hub, or should I just leave the doi link, and let people seek access by themselves?
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Should we have a canonical response for folks intent on blowing themselves up?

Inspired by this question and others I've seen like it. Do we want to steer clear of advising people who are asking questions about performing experiments that are clearly dangerous beyond their ...
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Multiplying content and possibly 'wrong' information - How handle it?

Ok, hopefully I am not offending people here - please take it as sound criticism. I have just read an answer, which I found rather hilarious and a good example for my problem (dear author, sorry, ...
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Is military use of space on topic? Is weaponry testing on topic?

There are military aspects of space exploration. The space technology is hugely impacted by the military needs and applications on the levels of spacecraft designs, available technologies, ...
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Request for cleanup: There's only one space in SpaceX!

Sorry. This just really irritates me: but SpaceX is a single word! There is, ironically, no space between the Space and the X. Neither is there a hyphen or any other type of dash! As an example: <...
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What is SE community attitude to accepting your own answers?

This help center states that answering your own questions is encouraged, and, if there's no other good answers, one can accept his/her own answer. This answer to a similar question suggests some ...
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Does the community spend too much time on debunking conspiracy theories?

It's, I suppose, inevitable that this site will attract Apollo conspiracy theorists (ACT). My experience with these people in real life has taught me that attempting to convince them of reality with ...
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Be welcoming - a new Space Exploration Stack Exchange

If you haven't already seen the new Stack Overflow blog post, please take the time to do so: Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. You may have noticed this tidbit ...
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Tags: space-law vs. international-law

I've started on the tagging, and I've already noticed two related tags: space-law and international-law. The few questions I've noticed could be tagged with either, as far as I can tell. Are we ...
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How to ask great questions?

This is a canonical question for every poster interested in making this site better. What are the techniques, tactics, and procedures necessary to make my question valuable for the community?
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How many variants of the “Was Karman wrong?” question is enough for one user?

In addition to my answer there, I've just added the comment -1 "If von Kármán is right with his description of the Kármán line..." That sentence misrepresents ...
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Are other people also seeing an increase in upvoting recently?

I've noticed an increase in what looks like random up-voting of my posts over the past few months, and just now had a second reversal of serial up-voting. I've experienced a(t least one) case of ...
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Should we edit a date into questions that are moving targets?

For example, this question is very time-bound: What landings beyond Mars and the Moon are scheduled? (asked 15 June 2016) In a few years parts of the answer will be obsolete, and new missions will ...
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What should we do with unprofessional questions?

This question fits together with: How can we work to include more professional questions in this site? Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51* Quote: The problem is, if this site ...
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Make conspiracy theories and tin-foil hat theories off-topic

If we want to be on good terms with space agencies, we have to exterminate tinfoil hat theories ruthlessly.
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Rosalind Franklin is no longer called “ExoMars rover”, how to manage tags and titles of older questions?

Just like the "Solar Probe Plus" working title was changed to Parker Solar Probe, the "ESA Roscosmos ExoMars Rover" has now been officially named Rosalind Franklin. We have over 60 ...
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Biology shouldn't be aliased to Life?

We have a Biology tag which is aliased to "Life" However, I am not sure this is appropriate for all the biological experiments done in space (the description of Life aka Biology is closest to ...
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Slightly nonstandard questions from new users frequently getting the silent, drive-by insta-close votes, can something be done?

I feel like there is a handful of users who stop by the site thinking "let's see, what can I close today?" or "Hmm... what looks particularly close-able?" I am sure that's not the ...