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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

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 ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

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 ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

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 ...
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Collection of space exploration related infographics

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 ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

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. ...
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Where did all the Apollo era NTRS documents go? Do we need to preserve them?

In many cases they are probably already backed up to archive.org. Your example links are: https://web.archive.org/web/20161210045811/http://www.christophermadsen.com/docs/19750070175_1975070175.pdf ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

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 ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

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 ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

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 ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

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 ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

Cesium.js is a Javascript library designed for visualizing dynamic geospatial data in 3D. It was developped by the same team that developped AGI's STK software. The library is free to use and is very ...
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What is "NIX" on the NASA Technical Reports Server?

NIX doesn't really exist any more. It was one of the many redundant image sites NASA had, specifically one hosted at Langley. It used to look like this. (internet archive link) Note that the weblink ...
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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

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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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

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 ...
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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

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 ...
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How can NASA be alerted to their expired security certificates?

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 ...
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How can NASA be alerted to their expired security certificates?

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 ...
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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

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-...
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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

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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Educational resources to accompany Space Exploration

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 ...
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Educational resources to accompany Space Exploration

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 ...
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Collection of space exploration related infographics

Saturn V (non-Up-Goer version) Infographic date: November 9, 2012 Link: NASA's Mighty Saturn V Moon Rocket Explained at Space.com
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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

Propellants - fuels and oxidizers Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants. John D. Clark, 1972. Available in pdf. Safety Standard for Oxygen and Oxygen Systems. NASA, 1996. ...
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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

Online courses and textbooks (free of charge) NASA Basics of Space Flight Khan Academy The Physics Hypertextbook Bookboon's Engineering section Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook Alison ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

Any answer must be able to stand on its own. You can absolutely revisit and improve an answer over time, providing the original answer you give is, in fact, an acceptable answer to the question. ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

I frequently post minimal answers quickly. I admit that I do it in order to discourage people from posting even poorer answers — more because I find reading bad answers to be excruciating than out of ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

(Extended from comment.) I think the question boils down to: do we want to answer trivial questions or not. Both direction has some dangers. Disadvantages of making them off-topic: It would cause ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

I understand the sentiment and concern but before adding more features to the site let's do our homework. What existing, documented problem that could not be addressed with existing tools would now ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

Since you can code in Python, I suggest taking a look at SageMath which is built on top of Python, and can do various 2D plotting (via matplotlib) & interactive 3D plotting. It's not perfect, but ...
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What is "NIX" on the NASA Technical Reports Server?

According to NASA itself, The NASA Image eXchange (NIX) is a web-based search engine for simultaneously searching one or more of NASA's online image and photo collections. As the saying goes, a ...
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