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Synonym [astronauts] and [astronaut]

astronauts is the more used of the two. astronaut has only 5 questions.
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Did the editing of this post go way overboard, like “six-sigma” overboard?

A recent question has gone through an aggressive and almost continuous revision process even though: An answer was posted soon after the question was posted OP was reminded several times on this ...
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Why was my highly up-voted question with several highly up-voted answers suddenly deleted? (69 up votes total)

The following posts (and all of their reputation?) was all deleted on 08-Aug-2018, two months after all of the activity. This all happened on the one question linked below. Why? Why two months later?...
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Does the astro-biology tag apply to all life in space, ever?

@Conelisinspace shouldn't the astrobiology tag be for non terrestrial native life forms? I don't think it applies to tardigrades any more than it does to to mold, plants, mice, or people on the ...
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Can bigger bounties have longer expiration dates?

Is it possible to refine bounties to have longer expiration dates? What would be the down side? Is this something that can be changed just for SE.SE? It would encourage more bounties.
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How to make this question better

This question Can a satellite utilize gravity gradient stabiliazation and passive stabilization together? is severely flawed, despite some attempt to improve it. Since the flaws are often found in ...
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Can we have a [pollution] tag?

I asked a question about jettisoned rocket parts residing in the ocean, and tagged it with waste, but this tag was removed in an edit, presumably because most other instances of this tag relate waste ...
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Options for posting incidental python scripts or other code?

I like to include short, one-off python scripts with a post now and then. Sometimes the script is central to the post so I include it as a code block within the post the same way it's done in other SE ...
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What might a campaign to improve tag definitions and wiki's look like?

Question: What might be a good way to incentivize and/or promote the generation of definitions and wikis for undocumented or under-documented tags in this site? I'm trying to think of perhaps some ...
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How does one reask something that has changed since it was previously asked?

Ive been sorting by most votes on questions and occasionally come across something for 2014. Usually Sometimes these articles end with "we dont know but probe X in 1-3 years will give us that ...
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What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for?

Title pretty much says it all. What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for? How is it different from space-shuttle?
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Places to host reference documents?

I am referencing a document, the Apollo Mission Simulator Instructor Handbook Volume 1, that I can't find on the internet. I see no reason why I shouldn't post this and make it generally available. ...
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How to determine when a question should or should not be duped to “…Moon landings are real?”

I'm a little confused. I was under the impression that questions which attempted to raise conspiracy theories or challenge facts related to the Apollo Moon landings might be marked as duplicate to "...
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Ice, [ice], baby?

I submitted an excerpt for ice, but I realized that not all the existing questions were about extra-terrestrial ice (e.g. 1, 2). Trying to shove rocket ice into that mix introduces double meanings, ...
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How to reply to “Moon ladings were faked”? [duplicate]

I was presented with this statement by one of my friends a few hours ago. I truly believe in NASA and the moon landings. Therefore, soon we were in a debate and he was telling me some stupid proofs ...
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Credible Space-Exploration Sources

I'm unaware of a comprehensive list of websites that produce space-related news of-which are accepted, credible sources for this SE. Can we get a "thread" of websites, which are, in your personal ...
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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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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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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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The answer to the question about Moon landing hoax theories

This is for us to draft the answer to the question drafted in the related question What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?. That question is phrased ...
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Should I remove a question based on an incorrect premise?

I asked this question in response to some questions raised in an answer to this one. In my research, I discovered that the original answer appears to be incorrect or only part of the story, making my ...
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What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?

Overall voting, on both our questions here in Meta on how to handle our steady trickle of questions regarding supposed evidence we never went to the Moon, seem to show that as a community we'd prefer ...
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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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Clarification: “Who is the artist of this image appearing in an article about a Russian space laser?”

Who is the artist of this image appearing in an article about a Russian space laser? This question was previously titled (and worded internally) as being about a "space-based" laser. The laser is not ...
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How to edit colloquial questions

I recently edited this question and made some minor spelling corrections and tidying. However, the end of the question had this: Im thinking it would be a minuscule % but Im not sure. It could be ...
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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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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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Comments vs. Answers

I see a lot of questions with comments that are in reality answers, and no actual answers. Are people just too polite to "answer" rather than "comment"? It seems that many experienced users will ...
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Be welcoming - case in point

Regarding the recent discussion on 'be welcoming', here's an example: Where can one find safety regulations for storing, handling, and using rocket fuels - this question got put on hold for being ...
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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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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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Does this site have anything like a homework policy?

I found a question with one up and one down vote, and a comment that read only "Homework problem?" I had gotten the idea that it would be bad if this were only a homework problem, but after a quick ...
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Duplicate in part? Solved

I had a question that had a part of it that included the duplicate, but it mostly was not a duplicate. Can it be reversed if it was mistaken? I was not voted on hold but moderator put it on hold. I ...
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What should be our standard for creating speculative craft/mission tags?

So today I came across falcon-super-heavy. There's one question, and it links to an article that talks about it in theoretical terms Musk was asked whether SpaceX can increase the Falcon Heavy’s ...
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Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets?

Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets? I noticed this lack when I posted the new question Why Never-EVER Land? It looks like we have no appropriate tag, ...
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Are we interested in moderating the quality of questions here?

This question: Are spacecrafts single-use? has gotten three answers, a lot of votes (Q and As) and has attracted attention via HNQ, but no one has mentioned that it is a very simple question with ...
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Second time I've ended up with my answer becoming double-posted. What might be happening here?

My comment on this phantom/imposter answer says: This is the second time this has happened to me, a second, identical copy of my answer appears, and I seem to be open and active when I return to ...
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I did have an idea about the size of an intra-galactic Space craft but

..when going to answer one post about this subject I get a panel which asks me not to give opinions and to back my answer with references etc. What? I feel therefore I cannot answer!
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Is this alright as a Community Ad? Any other proposals?

For a while we posted Community Ads on other Stack Exchange sites to boost our traffic a bit. The original ones, from this post can no longer be used because the size has changed, and for the most ...
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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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Would putting links to Space Exploration Stack Exchange on websites be a good thing for this site? [closed]

From here: I might even include a link or two to Space.SE. Any thoughts on this? Thoughts might include goodness of significant increase in traffic, new users (especially those completely new to ...
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Is it Starman or is it the Roadster?

After the test flight of the Falcon Heavy, we've gotten a flood of questions related to its wonderfully quirky payload. Before the launch, this payload was known as 'the Roadster', and we created a ...
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Are unsourced yet “authoritative-sounding” answers proper here?

This answer sounds very authoritative and knowledgeable, and contains several numerical values. And yet there are no sources for these numbers. How can future readers know if this is spot-on accurate,...
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Overzealous insta-closing of new users' first question with less than 5 site Q's per day here

I've ran into several situations recently where a question that I'd like to answer is collecting close votes quickly. Often (but not always) they are of the silent, anonymous, sans-helpful-comment ...
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Why is @KimHolder's hat bigger than mine?

(tongue planted firmly in cheek) I think it's incredibly unfair that @KimHolder gets to have a bigger hat than I do. I have more rep, shouldn't it be me that get's the bigger hat? Is it because she'...
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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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Why is this a good, or even an acceptable answer to leave on this site?

The following answer currently has five up votes, and was written by a moderator of the site. I'd like to know if this answer, without any supporting statements at all, qualifies as a good answer ...
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Kicked over the moon

PearsonArtPhoto why did you delete my question? I got my math from an article SCIENCE 01/06/2014 08:38 Moon Dust Mystery Solved With Help Of Apollo Mission Data Megan Gannon Space.com they said it was ...
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Can user names be offensive? Handled accordingly?

There is (was) an answer to this question where a new user's custom name was more offensive than the deleted answer itself (which was just silly nonsense as far as I could tell). The problem is that ...
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Deleted question by called2voyage

: I see you blocked the question about feasibility of an Space Shuttle in reinforced concrete, please review my question, as I've added references to everything; if you need some references more in an ...