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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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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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I think it would be on topic because they are employed (at least in this instance) for the purpose of a space launch.


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I don't think you're "wasting people's time" with that particular question, although I suppose people who are only interested in real-world space exploration and who consider games and fiction to be "waste of time" might disagree. While I somewhat understand the sentiment that comment likely came from,* I personally don't agree with it ...


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I agree, to take that wording literally would wipe out hundreds of interesting questions about space exploration history. (Unless, I guess, the questioner is writing a book about space exploration)


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There are a couple of problems here: No one is required to sacrifice their time to explain things to you. Of course, getting further information can be necessary, but it absolutely doesn't have to come from a specific person. When someone takes an action for a reason that is not clear, it can be difficult sometimes for others to fill in the gaps, but that's ...


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Answers that rely heavily on images and videos are frowned upon here. There are a couple reasons for this: For images specifically, an answer is usually clearer if there is an explanation. Not everyone has the context to understand what a picture shows. For images and video, it is bad for accessibility to rely on the images and videos because someone with a ...


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There are multiple Artemis missions in the Artemis program. It looks like, if anything, we should have artemis-1, artemis-2, etc. Probably, best to just merge artemis-mission into artemis-program though, since it looks like it's been used for more than one mission.


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If it's not about making or storing fuel at home, it would be welcome here. We have had questions about alternative fuels before, for example: How would the Saturn V have differed if the first stage was using liquid methane and LOX?


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AFAIK it's on-topic so is allowed. The only issue is that, like a lot of questions to which the answers are not known ("What are the details of this SpaceX device exactly?") it will probably attract bad speculative unsourced answers. But you never know. Somebody might write a good answer.


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Mods can intervene to do tag maintenance. There's only two questions on this tag, and both are about Mr. Steven (now Ms. Tree) specifically. I can see how renaming it fairing-recovery-vessel would allow more widespread adoption of the tag. I don't see sufficient justification to create sub-tags at this point. There's just not enough questions about each. In ...


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This is a belated answer; the same topic just came up on the skeptics.SE meta. 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? It's not an either-or question. For one thing, you can do both. For another, many authors post draft ...


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I'm not going to say either way just yet, but I'll explore things to consider. Most of the questions that have the tag at the moment should not have it. So if we keep the tag and assume it's for "travel" in the tourism sense or in the sense of Travel SE but don't think that the tourism tag is sufficient, then we'd have to remove it from say three ...


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My concern in the OP was directed towards the specific issue of there being a question asked out of context and and then potentially answered out of context - which did indeed happen in the comments. e.g. in the OP there was no clue as to the test environment (town backyard vs. licensed club area in a desert) no context about the size of the rocket or ...


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I think fictitious subject matter clearly crosses a line. Our guideline for questions in the past has been that the fictive elements should be supporting information for the main question and not be part of the base question itself. Yes, this line can be fuzzy in certain creative hypothetical scenarios, such as ones I have been guilty of getting a little ...


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I think there is some concern as to the scope of this site, and it is a reasonable concern. Because the tone we set for the questions might make a difference in attracting experts. We are very lucky to have quite a couple of either active or former personell in the industry or government agencies which regularly produce incredible answers. Its those kinds of ...


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Users with 2,000 or more reputation already have such a report; it's in the moderation tools (near the bottom of the page). Thanks to @uhoh, this is how it looks like right now:


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Rename delta4 to delta-iv. Make delta4 and delta-4 synonyms. Rename delta4-heavy to delta-iv-heavy. Make delta4-heavy and delta-4-heavy synonyms.


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New suggestion: Rename columbia to shuttle-columbia, to allow space for a columbia-csm if needed. Make ov-102 a synonym of shuttle-columbia. Merge sts-107 into shuttle-columbia without synonymizing, just to get rid of the sts-107 tag. If we find that the tag keeps getting recreated, we can revisit making it a synonym.


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You're right, I should have vtc with a comment explaining why. Done.


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Questions that have nothing to do with spacecraft but are about planetary science, like understanding Mars as a planet, are on topic. We have also decided that rockets are on topic, even if they don't fly in to space. And I would even say space suits are likely considered on topic, for things like Alan Eustace's jump from 41 km high, although not for ...


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Meh. This seems to be a nitpick about how the answer was worded. "There is a lack of evidence, but ..." or "Other spacecraft ..." or some other wording might be better received. No sources supporting an answer? Then don't upvote it. Is the answer outright wrong? Then downvote it. But I don't think that applied in this case. That ...


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My go-to plotting method is Plotly, which generates amazing, interactive* figures in 3D and 2D. The resulting figures are either hosted on Plotly's web page, or in the form of an HTML file on your computer which you can open in any browser**. When you upload a plot to chart studio, you can easily share a link to that figure. They also provide you with embed ...


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The practical problems bit was placed for Stack Overflow. It doesn't apply to every site. Very few questions on this site are facing real life problems, and that doesn't apply to this site.


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Some might be on topic here. If it is more rooted in the short term then this might be a fine site, but otherwise I would try http://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com .


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Be aware that Stack Exchange themselves have specified that comments are not mandatory when voting (up or down) - yes, we all agree they could be helpful, but without any other comment, the downvote means what the tooltip says "This question does not show any research effort, is unclear or not useful" - which is pretty self explanatory. And while ...


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"Crew" implies a certain level of operational capability that most animals are unlikely to possess, or to at least be able to express meaningfully in the context of spaceflight. I suppose it might be somewhat borderline with great apes, particularly ones like Ham or Enos that received special training to operate equipment. However, even in those two cases, ...


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The relevant bit here isn't whether it's a weapon or not. It's whether the question has any relevance to space exploration. The question on how long till the ICBM hits is entirely off topic. It's also not a good question anyway - it has a couple of flawed assumptions, the time given was a rough guide anyway, and simple maths gives you the answer (as does ...


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