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Are telescope questions not considered space exploration?

I came across this question: What type of telescope should I use in order to view the surface of the moon? which got closed for being off-topic. And I'm wondering, are telescopes not considered a ...
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Should the policy against 'shopping' questions operate the same way here?

Yesterday there was a question about small commercial rocket motors for sale in the U.S.. I'm going to post an image of it in case it becomes inaccessible in a while due to deletion: TildalWave put ...
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How to handle first questions/answers by new users

There's a new answer to this question about New Horizons. The answer is brief and unsupported by references, so half an hour after it was posted, it's already attracting downvotes and Delete votes. ...
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Is a Challenge question acceptable here?

I want to ask a bit of a fun challenge question. It involves some hefty math and probably a lot of speculation. My worry is there is no clear answer. In short, I want to ask how much ice from Europa ...
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Too broad questions?

I'm studying space exploration MSc at the TUDelft (netherlands), so this site naturally attracts me. However I see alot of questions on this site I would deem as "way too broad to answer". Sure many ...
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Redirect [dragonrider] to [dragon-v2]

The official name of SpaceX's first manned capsule is dragon-v2 so why not unify that on tag instead of double-tagging with dragonrider? I agree that the code name is comparatively nice — especially ...
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Are questions based on conceptual (almost speculative) projects on-topic?

I have a question that is practical, but based on a speculative project. I would like to know the effects on humans and cargo traveling on your standard, hypothetical space elevator of 100k km, ...
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Blacklisting and nuking [technology] tag?

Related (I'll be glad if it's considered a dupe, but the other Q did not specifically ask for blacklisting): Do we need the {technology} tag? Counted 47 questions with the tag: https://space....
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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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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Space Exploration Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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Is Kerbal Space Program a valid place to pull illustrative videos from?

I was looking at Is Kerbal Space Program a valid reference when answering SX questions? and thinking about what I've pondered doing with certain questions - taking a short video of the game in order ...
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Is Kerbal Space Program a valid reference when answering SX questions?

While Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a game, it is a physics-based rocket flight simulator which, in many ways, has done a lot to increase the general population's understanding of space flight. Is it ...
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Should the Electronics and Avionics tags be combined?

Not sure what the distinction would be. Avionics are nothing more than electronics used in air and spacecraft, so given this is a space site the two tags seem a distinction without a difference.
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What should be the criteria for one person answering the same question twice?

There are two answers to this recent question by the same person How to find underground resources (water? caves?) on Mars? He could have edited what he added to his previous answer. For whatever ...
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Appropriate “Reference Request” Question - List of Launch Scrubs?

I asked about a list of launch scrubs in chat, and @briligg suggested that the question might be appropriate for the main site. I wanted to check here to be sure first, though. Generally, questions ...
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Is evidence of research not required?

EDIT: I would appreciate a moderator reply to this question given this comment by TildalWave♦ on a now deleted post. It seems strange to say "help support the policy" without clarity on what the ...
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Is it appropriate to remove a question, when I have the wrong information?

I recently posted a question about the reasoning behind the altitude of the Dawn Spacecraft's orbit around Ceres, and it was duly and helpfully answered. But it was kindly revealed that my ...
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Is there value in questions about future schedules?

I came across questions like, most recently, "What is the planned date for the Falcon Heavy Demo launch from Vandenberg AFB?". Such questions are interesting to me, but they also seem very volatile, ...
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Clarify celestial-mechanics tag

The celestial-mechanics tag implies that planetary orbital mechanics are on-topic for space.SE. I would like to edit the description of the tag to clarify that it is intended for spacecraft only. ...
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Please burninate (and blacklist) the “rocket-science” tag

For a site supposedly wholly and unabashedly devoted to rocket science, this tag is kinda superfluous.
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Some PR to have these guys as contributors?

I'm glad space.SE exists I'm sure it'll be a successful adventure. Before space.SE we have been relying on other websites, some were open, other had a part reserved to subscribers. In the past, I've ...
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Space activities live: What are the current sources for video and data?

Is this possible -- useful / advisable / add your personal criteria -- to start building a page that would be a good reference for primary sources references? What are the current available sources ...
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How can we best draw in and educate beginners and the casually curious?

This is further to my previous general question 'Why are we here?', at the request of PearsonArtPhoto. In searching for examples to put in this, I found myself exploring here in a way I haven't done ...
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Why are we here?

The internet is changing quickly, Stack Exchange is the foremost example of a new format on the web, and thus the traffic SEx.SE gets is shifting over time. As can be seen from a lot of the questions ...
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Winter Bash 2014 Hat Dash Yay or Nay?

Remember last year's Haaaaaaaaaaaaaats!? Stack Exchange is going to repeat it this year, and asked us if we want it on Space Exploration, too. What is it? Winter Bash is an annual event that can ...
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Coping with tragedies: ground rules for dealing with accident- and mishap-related questions

The loss of life during the SpaceShipTwo flight made me realize there are no guidelines on dealing with space-related accidents in SEx.SE. Specifically, I would like to know: What questions should ...
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GPS: An Introduction to Satellite Navigation, with an interactive Worldwide Laboratory using Smartphones

There is a Coursera course going on now that I think might be of interest to a lot of people here, that can be found at https://class.coursera.org/gpslab-001 . It talks about how GPS navigation is ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Space Exploration Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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Can 'crewed mission' be suggested as the usual tag instead of 'manned mission'?

We all know why... Three cheers for female astronauts! Or cosmonauts! Or taikonauts, or whatever.
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What does *Notice added Current event by called2voyage♦* mean?

This is my question that I posted in space.spaceexchange.com and when I go to edited then I see the following Notice added Current event by called2voyage♦ ...
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Do we need to update our site description?

With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about space exploration(except those that are available on Google or Wikipedia) Which seems to be what ...
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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

Many answers on Space Exploration Stack Exchange are heavy on math and physics. I don't know how much this site is really meant to educate people with a casual interest, but that is certainly how I ...
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Would a question elsewhere be a better fit on space.se?

I asked a question about the Kerbal Space Program video game over on Arqade, and it was not well received. I had a lot of trouble conveying to the community there that I was interested in what KSP ...
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What to do with a question where the answer is a list

I have asked a question about what satellites/probes have been directed outside of the solar system. There is one answer posted at the moment, but also comments that suggest that the answer is really ...
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Not enough options in the “Close question” interface

There are five options in the "Close question" interface: Duplicate of ... Off topic because ... Unclear what you're asking Too broad Primarily opinion-based These options doesn't address the truly ...
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Where has the maths gone!

I feel like Jack Sparrow with the rum! Only much much sadder. I just found this question: Couldn't I escape Earth's gravity traveling only 1 mph? I've linked to my comment, but I've checked ...
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Is a partial answer worth posting

Often I see a question (without an answer) where I can construct part of an answer that would be potentially useful to the question asked. However I've noticed from questions I've ask on other sites ...
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Can you include an unnecessary website in an answer?

I'm part of an academic institution. We have quite a few personnel in the space dept. and I have thought about suggesting we have a group space ex. site. It would add a lot of knowledge to the site ...
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Some small advertising on Reddit

it's not a question but rather a very small announcement. Yesterday I asked an obvious Kerbal Space Program-related question on the site since I assumed it might be related to the site. Then I post ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Space Exploration Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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We have two tags for the Quest Joint Airlock

quest and quest-joint-airlock both refer to the Quest Joint Airlock. How should we handle these synonyms?
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How can I take a more active part in Space Exploration on Stack Exchange

I'm a PhD student studying space. I've been a part of stack exchange for ages and recently came across space exploration! Having answered a few questions on the forums I'd like to offer my time to ...
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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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Good questions on expanding living space for humans?

In the interest of generating more quality questions here, what questions or categories of questions would be a good fit for SEx.SE (love that acronym) on the subject of more living space for humans? ...
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Why was this question downvoted? How might I get it answered?

Inviting from the community your guidance, suggestions, opinions, and theories as to why this question was downvoted and close-voted: How long would it take to move Venus and Mars into Earth's ...
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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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Do we need a tag 'extra-terrestrial-minerals'?

At present materials is used in conjuction with an allied tag for mineral resources in more than one question For instance: What source of raw materials could be found in space for making plastics? ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Space Exploration Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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Wide ranging questions

I note that how long is the aerodynamic heating during reentry, do solid propellant engine needs optimum temperatureand what is the safe temperature range of spacecraft propellant storage tanks are ...
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Some minor improvements to the Help Center

Poking around the site, I noticed this is our current help center text: Space Exploration is primarily about spacecraft, how to get them to space, and what they do when they get there. Specifically,...