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Reference books: Space Mission Analysis and Design. W. J. Larson and J. R. Wertz (Editors). Microcosm Press, 1999. Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD. James R. Wertz (Editor). Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control. Bong Wie. AIAA, 1998. Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook: Vol.1 Fundamental Technologies. David G. Gilmore (ed.) AIAA, 2002. Space ...


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Edit 2020-01-14: Due to yesterdays firing of two highly competent and popular community managers, I am no longer willing to take on any additional moderator roles within the Stack Exchange network. I would run if and only if nobody better placed does (and of course only if the community would welcome me). My activity on Space Exploration has been moderate, ...


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Unless we're talking of outright offensive, disrespectful, sexually explicit or propaganda pieces, I see no reason to edit out, rewrite, or otherwise censor any of them for political, sexual or religious reasons. We're not in the 16th century any more. I hope. Otherwise, by the power of the great Cthulhu, God save us all! TL;DR - Edit to improve ...


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I'm a retired shuttle engineer with 30 years experience in mission ops at Johnson Space Center. So, "formerly active", to answer your question directly.


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Spent a career in high performance military aviation and served in NASA's Astronaut Corp for eight years. Flew in Space once.


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Starman is in the Roadster, so therefore the correct tag should be Roadster. I think Starman should be a synonym of Roadster. According to Space-Track, the name is "TESLA ROADSTER/FALCON 9H", so it would seem Roadster should be the master tag. Also, Horizons calls it "Tesla Roadster (AKA: Starman, 2018-017A)", or when choosing it as an option "SpaceX ...


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Of course we want hats! Why are you asking?


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Why, thank you, sir. Now on to 10^7...


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The list of (historical and current) launch vehicle user manuals Saturn V (SA-503 flight manual, 1 Nov 1968 release) Saturn V (SA-507 flight manual, 15 Aug 1969 release, 5 Oct 1969 change) [Energiya] Delta 2 Delta 4 Atlas 5 Athena Ic and IIc Ariane 5 Vega Soyuz (from Baykonur), archived at Arianespace as of 2007-03-04 Soyuz (from Baykonur), ...


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You're making mountains out of molehills here. On the subject of PearsonArtPhoto mentioning their rep milestones in chat: it's entirely normal and reasonable to be proud of one's achievements. I don't see them asking for preferential treatment (nor would I expect them to). Your response is, frankly, a snarky overreaction. As for unsourced answers: Space.SE ...


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Thank you for your trust! I am looking forward to joining the other moderators in serving the community on Space Exploration. Looks like I already joined, shortly is short indeed.


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I am a Software Engineer active within the industry. I'm not sure what you mean by "your typical employment is related to the space industry directly", but I work in support of such programs.


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I'll bite: advancement of planetary science is currently the main goal of space exploration. Thus, on-topic at SEx.SE. Specifically: On-topic questions about lithosphere, atmosphere, hydro/cryosphere, ionosphere of Solar System bodies, if these questions can be answered with current or near future technology (regardless of where the scientific equipment is -...


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The pronoun one gets awkward for me regularly. Because about 6 of 7 people on SX are men, I have always just said 'he'. But I am a woman, and know of no others here - they are here, but I don't know who they are. It is important to me to encourage women to show their interest in fields where we have not traditionally participated. Saying 'they' to remain ...


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I work on rocket turbomachinery at the German aerospace agency DLR.


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There is a bit of an undefinable line here so I'll talk around what I see as the challenges: It would be great if we could have 100% documentation for answers, but in reality we have some people here who work directly for the space industry and may be prevented from giving any details by NDA - so their posts may be correct, but unsubstantiatable. Demanding ...


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Advice about dangerous personal amateur projects is off-topic Understand that space exploration is inherently dangerous. While there are some foolhardy people who have done amateur work in this area, the Space.SE community has decided that we will not help people engaged in amateur endeavors to get into low orbit and/or space--at least where it concerns ...


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Why doesn't Space.SE use icons yet? A simple explanation is because the site is still in Beta. All Beta SE sites (except the sponsored one, like QuantumComputing.SE and ArtificialIntelligence.SE) will have the generic beta theme, including favicon with an SE-bubble with either letter or symbol inside it. The more complex detail is... since Design-...


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The space industry as a whole doesn't always make all of its sources publicly available. Furthermore, many of the things that we talk about on this site are hypothetical situations. Sometimes getting the data is almost impossible, or we are looking for a needle in a haystack. For instance, the first few questions I see from your search of me are the ...


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Voyager missions to gas giants and beyond The idea is to mark the Voyager 1 & 2 missions to gas giants of our Solar system and their continuous operation while on their way to the interplanetary space. The gas giants stack The gas giant planets are stacked vertically to create the illusion of the free space, suspended in space above the Earth at night ...


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Yes please! I believe it should be fun enough, and if someone wouldn't want any of such harmless, fun kitsch and still display our plain, vanilla Stack Exchange beta design even during the festive season, then they will have an option to opt-out in settings. From mod message: Individual users who don’t want to participate, don’t want to see hats, and/or are ...


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Bryan Christie, Harold Clenet: Missions to Mars Infographic date: February 22, 2013                Description: Harold Clenet updated Bryan Christie original Missions to Mars infographic that was prepared for IEEE Spectrum in 2007, but the updated version now includes more recent data on Mars exploration missions and adds a graph for the volume of data that ...


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This is a mock-up (not an actual printed t-shirt) with finalized new design for this event:     This is not in any capacity an official or Stack Exchange endorsed design for Space Exploration, I made it together with Kim exclusively for this LEAG event, but you can request high resolution layouts for print (for A4 or A3 size transfer paper, ...


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Surely SE has no control over incoming links, even if they are coming from a site run by a moderator. Incoming links are usually good (unless Google have changed their algorithms again) aren't they? The things you mention - increase in traffic and new users are good and losing the "beta" tag is surely a good thing. I have links on my, largely dormant blog, ...


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Titles should give a reasonable expectation for what the question is about. Drifting by, I could only deduce that the question was related to the international space station, which makes it a poor title. Unless, of course, most others immediately get what "tennis racket" has to do with the station, which I doubt. On a more general note, "The Right Thing to ...


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NASA: The Future of American Human Spaceflight Infographic date: February 6, 2012      Description: NASA is embarking on a new era of space exploration in which humans will travel deeper into the solar system than ever before. The International Space Station is the centerpiece for space operations. Serving as a test bed for research and new technologies, the ...


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I can tell you from my experience with our members that we have quite many field professionals here, from those that actually landed hardware on Mars, to those working for large space launch providers and in space systems integration, analytics and space policy, space historians,... That isn't really a coincidence as we actively work in promoting our site ...


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I don't feel too strongly about it, but I lean towards saying it's on-topic; we have a few "what does this terminology used by astronauts mean" questions, and just because the answer applies to aviation as well as astronautics doesn't make it off-topic. I agree that we don't need one Q/A per NATO phonetic alphabet codeword. :)


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Here's my answer but I will certainly support a new canonical Mars question if someone wants to write it. Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer? tl;dr: when the behavior rises to the level of trolling rather than good faith question asking, the details no longer need to match, so we can use the same question as a duplicate. Perhaps we can ...


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No, I'm personally against defining reasons for what is or isn't within the scope of our Q&A based on popular literature, their respective authors, or popularity of the topics they wrote about within their popular literature titles, because that might in itself imply greater credibility of such sources and their respective authors than it might be ...


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