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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft or spacesuits, or one that they don't?

What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft, or one that they don't? atmosphere's definition says it's the stuff around planets. Questions regarding an ...
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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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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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What should we do about [zero-gravity]?

I'm wondering what we should do with zero-gravity - as we all know, zero gravity does not exist - the correct term is microgravity, which we already have a tag for. Furthermore, all the zero-gravity ...
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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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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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What does the “status-completed” tag mean on “discussion” questions? How does it compare to/contrast with an answer being accepted?

It seems I'd left this tab open on my phone a week ago because it intrigued/confused me. What does the status-completed tag denote in the context of questions tagged discussion? I'm thinking that it ...
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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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Guidance on duplicate pairs of questions

I am not sure how I can ask for help with this other than here, although I realised I've asked related questions in the last couple of days on meta: sorry. There are currently a pair of questions ...
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How can we best :“round up” the most sought-after Keplerian-to-state-vector (and vice versa) answers so they are easier to find?

In Astronomy SE there is the question Where can I find/visualize planets/stars/moons/etc positions? and @barrycarter's community wiki answer has served as a valuable go-to source for finding helpful ...
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Providing good answers to closed questions

There have recently been some questions which have been closed for, I think, good reasons related to the likely intent of the person asking them inferred from the narrative pushed in the question ...
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Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer?

Similar to How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? There's been a tremendous amount of churn on the site recently because user azot has been asking questions hinting around about the US Mars ...
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Edit to an answer, adding more relevant information, rejected by author because it's “not their intent”

https://space.stackexchange.com/a/50284/6449 Someone commented below the above answer that it was missing information regarding the range of rovers using RTGs, so I edited that answer to include that ...
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Is a question about NASA KSC's SWAT team on-topic?

In the comments to the question Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?, the question was raised, what force the guards in the photo belong to and in another ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

The recent “so what happened with New Horizons, anyway?” question is the starkest example I’ve seen of a question that is trivially answered by a quick look at the obvious Wikipedia entry. I’d like to ...
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Where should I ask question related to indoor farming

As a project, a bit of fun and experiment, I want to work on 'Indoor farming', but with great projects come great questions. So did I, mostly with light frequency, intensity, watt, stuff that you can'...
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Best tagging for the newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope?

Just a few days ago I created the tag for the upcoming WFIRST space telescope for Will WFIRST and JWST be able to resolve each other? and today I have read it was renamed. From Space News: WASHINGTON ...
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'international-space-station' as a tag synonym to 'iss'?

I know this would be trivial or redundant on a site centered around space exploration, but I believe iss should have what it stands for as a tag synonym international-space-station. Most people ...
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artemiss mission and artemis program tags, do we need both? If so, how to know which one to use?

There are tags for artemis-mission (13) and artemis-program (8) and currently on both tags the message reads: There is no usage guidance for this tag … yet! I chose one for Demonstrative examples of ...
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Ambigous tag, “modeling”

A low-power tag on the site is modeling, with a mere 12 questions. I see at least four different usages: 3D modeling Model rockets Orbital mechanics. Modeling of other phases of space-flight, such as ...
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Do we need both “camera” and “spacecraft-cameras” tags?

camera has 71 questions, and has the guidance text "Questions about imagery devices on spacecraft and probes." spacecraft-cameras has 26 questions, and no guidance text. It appears that the ...
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How did my question become untagged?

I just received a notification of a suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/16868 which would change my question from the untagged tag to an actual tag. I'm just curious ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Should we have a policy for excessive story-spoiling in comments?

In question and answer posts there is a spoiler alert feature: Below the question What is the maximum force a deep space spacecraft experiences after launch? there is an extended conversation in ...
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What are the best books to learn about space exploration? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about space exploration; what technology we have, how specific satellite technologies work, rocket design etc. What books would you advise to read? Where would you advise to ...
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Do we need a smallsat tag, or might we just include small satellites within the cubesat tag's usage guidance?

To What was the first satellite with COTS electronics? I've added the cubesat tag though I really just want to specify any small satellites (as opposed to space stations and big communications ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Does apsidal ...
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Am I really “wasting people's time” by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

Are Jool's moons' orbits stable? has had some focused attention; that the bodies are fictitious rather than hypothetical is the reason that the question needed to be closed if I understand ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...

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