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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 Systems ...


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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), StarSem as of ...


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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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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 ...


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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 ...


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Moon and Stars (I'm not creative) [![Space Exploration Stack Exchange][1]][2] [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/GWTVN.png [2]: http://space.stackexchange.com Posted: Physics (417 clicks in 2013, 1,323 clicks in 2014) Skeptics (1,793 clicks in 2014) Sci-Fi (194 clicks in 2013, 1,637 clicks in 2014)


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XKCD Up Goer Five click for higher resolution


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Michael Bullerdick, Julie Rossman: Where Are They Now Checking In on Earth’s 25 Active Missions Infographic date: January 22, 2014                                      &...


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T. McCall, M. Orcutt: Space over Time / History of Space Launches Infographic date: August 23, 2011         Description: This graphic groups payloads by the nationality of the owner. A satellite, a capsule of cosmonauts, or a deep-space probe would each count as one payload. The data, which run through July 2011, were ...


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US Space Travel: A Timeline of Manned NASA Flights Infographic date: March 13, 2012      Description: Between 1961 and 2011, the U.S. launched 166 manned missions to space. This infographic, created by the artists at mgmt. design, depicts every last one of them. Some things worth paying attention to in this chart include the short ...


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This stuff is more focused on earth centered orbits then interplanetary, but the math is the same. Fundamentals of Astrodynamics by Bate Mueller & White is a great introductory to intermediate level text at a very good price. I think probably most people working in the field have a copy of "BMW" on their bookshelf. They're coming out with a new ...


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Online Tools NASA's Data Portal has a catalog of NASA datasets and APIs JPL Horizons calculates ephemerides for tracked solar system objects Lagrange Point Finder at orbitsimulator.com. Trajectory Browser from NASA Ames. Delta-V and Fuel calculator for transfer from LEO to MEO or GEO Asterank - NEOs and asteroids mining value & trajectory database from ...


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Source Code Apollo 11 Guidance Computer on github. NASA Open Source Software from Code NASA. CLARAty Reusable Robotic Software from NASA JPL. ESA Summer of Code in Space 2016 Projects from ESA SOCIS. NASA API for creating applications using NASA databases Kubos open source satellite platform on github.


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One of the best video lecture series I have come across is the Aircraft Systems Engineering course from MIT. If you haven't watched these yet, I highly suggest you do. All of the speakers used to be heavily involved with the development of the Space Shuttle Orbiter.


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The History of Animals in Space Infographic Date: April 12, 2013 Description: As long as there have been attempts at space exploration, animals have been involved. This infographic created by Karl Tate of Space.com shows the animals launched into space by different countries from 1947 to 1996 (with a brief mention of the Bion mission resuming in 2013). ...


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Driving Distances on Mars and the Moon Description: The total distance covered by all extra-terrestrial land vehicles, as of July 28th, 2014. Opportunity completed a marathon (42.195 km) on March 18th, 2015. Links: NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record Wikipedia image page


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Kim Orr: NASA Deep Space Network Celebrating 50 Years of Communication and Discovery Infographic date: unknown, recent     Description: The Deep Space Network is our connection to space. Consisting of giant antennas positioned at 120-degree intervals around the world for a complete view of the sky, it is the largest and most sensitive ...


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Downloads Gravity Simulator at orbitsimulator.com Celestia space simulation software, also Celestia Motherlode add-ons of spacecraft, extra-solar objects, and fictional objects for Celestia NASA Eyes to see what spacecraft are doing in the Solar System and beyond. Stellarium An open source planetarium software for showing the night sky. Gpredict An open ...


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Mission design libraries and toolkits These pieces of software are useful for mission design simulations. They are not standalone (but some examples may exist): they require various levels of programming to tailor to specific missions. SPICE, the ephemerides library by NAIF, used by NASA JPL for all their missions. In C, documentation is here. SpiceyPy ...


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Simulator Games Kerbal Space Program, a space travel simulator with fairly realistic physics. It also has a ton of mods and add-ons, a very active forum, and a good wiki, all accessible here. KSP is a commercial product D̶I̶S̶C̶L̶A̶I̶M̶E̶R̶:̶ ̶K̶e̶r̶b̶a̶l̶ ̶S̶p̶a̶c̶e̶ ̶P̶r̶o̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶R̶e̶d̶S̶h̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶a̶n̶a̶l̶y̶t̶i̶c̶s̶ ̶s̶o̶f̶t̶w̶a̶r̶e̶ ...


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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed? I've seen answers with "in progress" or "under construction" once in a while here in Space Exploration SE, and probably used that once or twice myself. However, in all cases I've seen, it's been done to keep people for leaving comments that ask questions that are going to be answered by the ...


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The usual process when wanting to report any security bug, vulnerability or other security related issue is to contact security@xxxx so in this case try security@nasa.gov This should be connected to the security team who can respond or at least point the communication to the right team (certificate management, website management or whatever.)


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You can find a few sources of information at this Space Exploration meta post. I would like it to grow so please add anything appropriate to the "list"!


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I'm going to list a few things that i think help bridge the huge gap between experts and interested members of the public. It's true that answerers have helped me out as much as they can, but it seems to me this is difficult to pull off on such a highly technical topic, and all the more so when you are trying to get an overview of the whole thing. The list ...


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One such place is absolutely our main Q&A, the very same place you mention can sometimes be overwhelming in maths and physics. We don't cater merely to experts, but as our About goes, also to enthusiasts. Answers will inevitably follow comprehension demonstrated in questions, and yes, some will be fairly advanced, but there ought to be ways to ask new ...


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I mentioned this as a comment over on the infosec page, but a huge number of NASA sites -- particularly the ones not directly under the control of the various PAOs -- are going to be signed by certificates derived from the NASA Operational Certificate Authority, which emanates from the US Treasury PKI CA, which is cross-certified by the Federal Common Policy ...


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It's not online, but Fundamentals of Astrodynamics by Bate Mueller & White is a great introductory to intermediate level text at a very good price. http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Astrodynamics-Dover-Aeronautical-Engineering/dp/0486600610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413244327&sr=8-1&keywords=fundamentals+of+astrodynamics I think probably ...


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There is no real substitute for advanced math classes, but I found a good review course on Alison: Foundation Diploma in Mathematics - Science, Technology and Engineering


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There is also a playlist with 11 hours of video in 45 sections on YouTube called Engineering Mathematics YouTube Workbook, by Dr Chris Tisdell The Workbook that goes with this course is available on Bookboon (it is an ad-supported free pdf download) And the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a downloadable video primer on orbital mechanics. It lasts about 90 ...


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Here is another video from Glenn Research Center showing many different slow-motion camera angles from STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124. The commentators discuss each angle in detail, explaining what is happening in the launch sequence and the purpose of different structures on and around the Shuttle during launch. There is a wealth of information here. Ascent -...


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