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Any opposition if I ask a series of questions for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13?

We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, also known as "NASA's finest hour". I have a series of questions related to Apollo 13, and was planning on asking 1 or 2 per day ...
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Do we have a 300x300 logo that we can use for ads on other stack exchanges?

This stack exchange is advertised here: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4675/science-stack-exchanges-helping-other-science-stack-exchanges, but the size is a little bit different ...
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Space Sandbox? Good idea or a bad idea?

I've been a part of the Code Golf stack exchange for a very long time. To keep low quality posts to a minimum they basically require that you first post your question to a sandbox page which allows ...
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Slightly nonstandard questions from new users frequently getting the silent, drive-by insta-close votes, can something be done?

I feel like there is a handful of users who stop by the site thinking "let's see, what can I close today?" or "Hmm... what looks particularly close-able?" I am sure that's not the case, or at least ...
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Is a question in relation to COVID19 and space travel too open ended?

I want to ask how this pandemic is expected to affect space travel and future plans for NASA and other space agencies. Is this a good question or would it be considered offtopic as its more about a ...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

On our site we have the celestial-mechanics tag, which has 37 questions. We also have at least a few more questions beyond that that are also about celestial mechanics but have not been tagged. I ...
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“manufacturing” as a synonym for tag “manufacture”

Could we either rename or make a synonym manufacturing for the existing tag manufacture? Apparently I haven't asked/answered enough questions specifically with that tag to even suggest a tag synonym.
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Should we revise thresholds on the celestial mechanics question?

On What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here? I established some pretty strict thresholds since it is a controversial issue. However, activity has died off and both answers are pretty far ...
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Use of the word “Space” in a tag

So far, we have the following tags with the word space in them: space-law space-medicine space-shuttle deep-space space-station space-weather space-junk space-life space-telescope space-elevator ...
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How to deal with contrived questions

It is my understanding this is supposed to be a Question and Answer site, but a user who seems to want it to be a forum, so as they can't say "hey guys, look what I found" they persist in writing ...
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Repeated false-flag comments and votes, how to respond/reply?

I'm faced with a user who picks a small element of my question, posts an "answer" as a comment and (likely) down votes, and sometimes will vote to close as duplicate of something which does not answer ...
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Are questions about the nomenclature of geologic features on Mars off-topic in Space Exploration?

I'm curious about the decisions to name these features: Dalu Cavus, Layl Cavus, Malam Cavus, Nat Cavus, Noc Cavus, Usiku Cavus, and Noctis Tholus in Noctis Labyrinthus. Why only some of the canyons, ...
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Eleven community wiki answers to a question?

The "oldie but goodie" question What are the choices today for orbital mechanics simulation software? has eleven separate community wiki answers (more if you count the deleted ones). Questions: ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

A five year old question Do the planets really orbit the Sun? which received 117 up votes and 2 down votes has now been closed by 5 users as off-topic. I've argued that To explore the solar ...
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When exactly was the solenoid question reopened?

The question Electromagnetic lens to focus cosmic rays was rapidly closed and then reopened. I've tried that new timeline thingy on the left (below the voting buttons) and I can see when closing ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Questions for Space Exploration Mod Nominees

If anyone has any questions for the Space Exploration mod nominees, please post them below in an answer and the candidates can edit in their responses.
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Space Exploration's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Any way to mention Github Python packages or projects frequently used in questions and answers here?

Is there any way to mention to other users here Python packages or projects frequently referenced in questions and answers in this site? Just for example https://github.com/skyfielders/python-...
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Are questions about specific courses related to Space on-topic?

Had this question pop up today Have you attended the 3 day course "Space Electronics" by Dr Rajan Bedi, UK? Now, we allow some discussion about space education, and this seems related. ...
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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 ...
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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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How do these 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices work on moderator elections?

With four current candidates ("M", "G", "Y" and "W") and three choices (1st, 2nd and 3rd) there are 24 ways to vote all three, 12 ways to vote 1st and 2nd and skip 3rd, and four ways to vote for only ...
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Should I create a new tag?

There's a bunch of words in my question that don't have tags yet. Can I just add them all?
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Is GdD no longer a mod candidate?

Just making sure there isn't some glitch. All the other ones I have been reading about seem to be on the voting page.
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Moon landing conspiracies - you can kind of understand them given this report? [closed]

I was reading today that, in research published in The Astrophysical Journal, molecular oxygen has been discovered in the Markarian 231 galaxy, 561 million light-years from Earth. A light-year, which ...
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What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft?

What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft? atmosphere's definition says it's the stuff around planets. Questions regarding an envelope of gasses ...
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neo (near-earth-object) and near-earth-asteroid tags, do we need both?

The neo tag has 21 questions and its excerpt says: Questions about Near-Earth Objects or NEO for short, a term describing meteoroids, asteroids, comets, man-made spacecraft, space observatories, ...
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Reverse the [neo] and [near-earth-object] synonym

Related to this question Right now we have near-earth-asteroid and neo, which has [near-earth-object] as a synonym. This is potentially confusing to users, and if there's any other NEO acronyms out ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps. Summary: Space Exploration Stack Exchange will begin the ...
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Are exosolar trajectories of spacecrafts and their gravitational behaviour in Milky Way off-topic on Space Exploration SE?

I have asked these two questions 1, 2 that are related to spacecraft trajectories outside the Solar system. The primary reason why I asked them was to assist in my understanding and visualization (...
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Random switching between “mobile” and “normal” versions of the site

Since registering at Space Exploration Stack Exchange few months ago (I've been always using browser of mobile phone to access the site, I.e. no computer or laptop), I was able to see only a "mobile" ...
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What feeds should we have in The Pod Bay?

We were recently having a conversation in The Pod Bay, our chatroom (get involved!), about what feeds we should have. These can be RSS feeds, and can contain anything you can fit in an RSS block. ...
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Tag moxie? I mean MOXIE tag?

I've recently asked three questions related to MOXIE and created a moxie-oxygen-generator tag. I'm not sure that that is the best name for the tag that a tag is even needed; we already have oxygen ...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Hohmannfan — has stepped down from their ...
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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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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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What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?

Official community answer regarding the reality of the Apollo moon landings here: How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? Overall voting, on both our questions here in Meta on how to ...
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Would a “Speculation” tag be useful?

There are many questions on the site of the form of "could this work". These questions generally propose a solution to some real or imagined problem and ask if the solution would work. Would it be ...
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Rosalind Franklin is no longer called ExoMars, how to manage tags and titles of older questions?

Just like the "Solar Probe Plus" working title was changed to Parker Solar Probe, the "ESA Roscosmos ExoMars Rover" has now been officially named Rosalind Franklin. We have over 60 posts that contain ...
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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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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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Regarding moderating the new Code of Conduct

To hopefully alleviate concerns regarding the new Code of Conduct, I want to explain how I intend to moderate regarding pronoun use. When speaking generically, posts should use gender neutral ...
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How to share someone else's answer here as a short post?

I recently asked a question in stackoverflow regarding simulation of suicide burn and I also got a wonderful answer from William Miller as well. I think the answer posted in stackoverflow is more ...
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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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Could a 'puzzler' or 'quiz' type tag prevent kneejerk downvoting?

(This question does not apply to questions where the question-asker asks and answers their own question, that's clearly OK and even encouraged) There have been some questions, for example What was ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Cleaning up the [dust]

When reading the question Dealing with lunar regolith I looked at the [dust] tag and saw there's also a [space-dust] tag. Reading the first level descriptions it sounds like [space-dust] is ...
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What is SE community attitude to accepting your own answers?

This help center states that answering your own questions is encouraged, and, if there's no other good answers, one can accept his/her own answer. This answer to a similar question suggests some ...

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