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"Can I offer you a hydrolysis tag?" It's delicious and essential to future spaceflight, but can we maintain such a tag?

The recent question has added a hydrolysis tag. Below it I added the comment: I first removed the hydrolysis tag then after thinking further I rolled back my edit ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

There's nothing about another SE site like Physics that can make a question off-topic here! SE has several close reasons for questions, one of which is that the question is off-topic. For a few ...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating, I'm curious if Space will be too?
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Is the mission-design tag description wrong? Should the trajectory-design tag be somehow nixed?

My understanding of the term "mission design" is that it includes a variety of aspects of a mission, including features of a spacecraft and aspects of its trajectory; where it passes ...
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Is referencing a professional's Linkedin page appropriate?

In working on a rather large answer to a question I stumbled upon the Linkedin page of an aerospace professional. It offers some interesting insights related to the question and my (future) answer but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need the ORBITAL tag?

I think almost all (if not all) of the 18 instances of the orbital tag could be replaced with orbital-mechanics or just be removed. There's only one question where it is the only tag currently present....
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we also close "Are the Mars landings real?" questions as duplicates of "Are the Moon landings real"?

In this answer to Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer? I propose that the work and consensus that went into the closing of Moon landing hoaxer class questions as duplicates of our now ...
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Plain language and clear and helpful explanation of what if anything is wrong with this April 2019 question

Most challenging aspects of a reusable satellite scheme like this? was posted in April 2019. There is now a collection of evolving complaints below it in comments that to me feel as though they are ...
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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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Are meaningless link titles like "Source" sub-optimal, leaving the answer unrepairable if a link rots/breaks?

Consider the three options: Source Source: NASA TM X-2525 Source: NASA TM X-2525: Atlas-Centaur AC-17 Performance for Applications Technology Satellite ATS-D Mission where in each case the linked ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Beginner questions adding maneuverability and/or guidance under power to amateur model rockets; could/should they be closed as inherently dangerous?

Background What kind of security while using solid propellent? was asked at 2018-06-27 00:06 UTC, I flagged it at 01:28 and it ...
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Community Policy Repository

This is the official repository for general community policy decisions. On Posts What is the best approach to asking questions? Can I write an answer to my own question and accept it? When can I post ...

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