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Question regarding the types of questions which we should allow here.

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Are questions about Operation Fishbowl on-topic here?

Operation Fishbowl was a 1962 series of nuclear-weapon tests involving the launching of nuclear warheads into space using rockets and detonating them there, basically to see what would happen. Given ...
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Best way to ask this potentially broad question?

I am pondering asking a question on main which could turn out to be overly broad in scope. Below is the question for reference: Title: Human-rating the Saturn V using modern standards ...
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Combustion chamber question on topic?

What Constitutes A Combustion Chamber? We don't 'do' fuel questions, but what about this one? Should it be closed or is it 'innocent' enough? I lean towards accepting it. Related meta: Why can't ...
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What are the criteria to know if a question about the space shuttle belongs to space.SE or to aviation.SE?

I recently post a question about the space shuttle on aviation.SE. The answer make me think about the frontier between space and aviation for vehicle made to maneuver in both space and atmosphere. In ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

Some questions have very complicated answers therefore the answer take time to write. I am sure that 2 people come up with the same answer often but one of them is outed on the time they put into ...
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“Please invent my invention” or “Would X work?” questions; suitability and topicality?

For comparison, what a "good" i.e. well researched "Would X work?" reactor question might look like: Could a “nuclear turbo-jet” be built? Example 1 (as originally posted): The question What is ...
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Topicality of NATO phonetic alphabet

From our recent questions: What is the meaning of "Bravo"? I'm not sure whether to consider this question on topic, because it concerns astronauts using domain-specific terminology (it ...
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How to cross post a question correctly?

In this question one of the comments said the question below should be in Worldbuilding.SE. From what I understand it is a place where writers go to ask questions. Still not sure really but it is not ...
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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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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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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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Does this forum support hobby rockets

I mean, there is a difference between a Saturn V, which is impressivly tall, and a small 18 inch hobby rocket. Does this forum accept questions about hobby rockets or only actual space exploration.
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Is it alright to open a chat room for a space advocacy project on another site?

I run Moonwards, a website working to develop a virtual Moon colony that is technically and scientifically realistic. It is a small site so far, and I am actively seeking collaboration. It has a forum ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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I want to recommend a book, or review it… How can I ask that in the form of a question?

I just got Anatoly Zak's book on the Russian space program, and it is AWESOME! I would love to be able to recommend or review it. But I am at a loss of how to do so, in the format appropriate for ...
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Are questions about scientific and factual accuracy in non-documentary movies or novels on topic?

Is it OK to ask if something was depicted accurately/realistically in a movie/novel or to illustrate a question by a reference to a movie/novel? For example the popular movie Gravity suggests ...
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Do we want software list questions?

We have a few questions asking for software recommendations and asking to list some of the choices. I'll be perfectly clear, from these three such questions we currently have, I personally have no ...
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Should we broaden the type of questions that are in scope?

Looking at http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration we are 66 days into beta and are at "needs work" in two areas. Number of questions per day and number of visits per day. ...
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Humor and current events, do we want to encourage them?

The recent question https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/1951/how-many-frogs-were-supposed-to-go-to-the-moon-on-ladee was intended as light humor about a current event. While I believe it is ...
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Should “speeding up the rotation of a planet” be closed?

When the question How would one go about speeding up the rotation of a planet? was posted, four close votes were added citing that the question was off-topic here, but on-topic on Physics.SE where it ...
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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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Are space exploration history questions on topic here?

Prompted by Jon Ericson♦ in a comment to this question, I'd like to know if questions on history of space exploration are on-topic here. There's already a History.SE site, but I'm not sure folks there ...
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Is the 'microgravity food safety' question on-topic?

I saw this question: Mostly this question (and some earlier knowledge about food & drink behaviour in space) made me think that which are those foods that would mean a serious threat for people ...
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Are transient questions on-topic or off-topic?

This question received a close vote: When is Fēngyún-3C planned to launch? What do we do with transient questions? Something similar may happen on Travel, if people are asking on how to travel ...
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Topics by SciFi Author, can or should we define some as in and some as out of scope?

I would guess that probably all of use can think of and agree on at least half dozen Science Fiction authors who's work shaped space exploration as it is today. We can probably also agree on several ...
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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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Are consumer space travel / space tourism questions on-topic?

We've received a question in our Q&A regarding consumer space travel, and I wasn't sure whether such questions are acceptable and on-topic, or off-topic. I'm personally inclined to think they're ...
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Is this question asked on scifi.stackexchange.com on-topic here?

I have asked this question on scifi.stackexchange.com. Someone suggested I instead ask the question over here on Space Exploration to get better answers. Would that question be accepted here at all? ...
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Are questions about extraterrestrial life on-topic?

It would seem to me that the search for life on other planets or moons would be an important part of space exploration, even if it isn't directly related to colonization. However, I have seen mixed ...
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How should we address the topic of aliens?

It's bound to come up in questions but where do we draw the line for ET, Aliens and UFOs?
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Should questions about black hole, FTL and other possible but still only theoretical topics by out of scope?

Black holes, Dark Matter, FTL, & Hyperdrive have differing probabilities of actually influencing Space Exploration, but they all are only theoretically possible (to differing degrees). Should ...
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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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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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Is extraterrestrial planetary exploration (eg. Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan) on-topic in Space Exploration?

"Space" in space exploration could mean many different things to many different people here. For example, I would say that almost everything that the NASA JPL does with government or corporate ...
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Is space weather, solar-terrestrial physics, etc., on-topic?

Is this question on-topic? What, if any, plans have been made for handling events like a geomagnetic reversal? I'd say this is rather a question on geophysics, space weather, solar-terrestrial ...
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Are stratospheric balloons on-topic?

NASA, ESA, DLR, CNES all have stratospheric balloon programmes. Technically, they don't reach space, only the stratosphere. However, they're commonly used to test space equipment, and the view from ...
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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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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 ...