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If it isn't already obvious from the voting, I just don't think you strive for too much "pointless" fun running through your front page. It's going to set the tone of your site for a lot of folks for a long time to come. But +1 for spirit points.


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campaign dual-launch multi-launch (Used Feb. 16 - Feb. 22, 2014) Past and future space missions that will or have required multiple launches for a single campaign. Management of multi-launch campaigns, advantages, disadvantages, objectives achieved, failed, and yet to reach. Not to be confused with a launch campaign that is the set of activities which ...


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planetary-science (used September 29 - October 5, 2013) Planetary Science- The scientific study of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and other non-fusing objects. It covers questions relating to geology, atmospheric patterns, chemistry, glacier flow, and many other subjects. It is often accomplished via spacecraft sent to these objects, but some can be ...


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mining natural-resources minerals harvesting helium-3 (Used Jan. 19 - Jan. 25, 2014) We currently have only 16 questions (9, 5, 1, 0 and 1 respectively) tagged in relation to economic exploitation of resources in outer space and celestial bodies. Some of these might need a bit of retagging, since the energy shows 18 questions, but it still seems a rather ...


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solar-sail (Used Jan. 12 - Jan. 18, 2014) Now a serious proposition with real work being done on it, I think solar sails would be a good TOTW to encourage people to take interest in this new field.


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mars-one (used November 17- November 23, 2013) Mars One is the proposed privately funded one-way trip to Mars, funded by a combination of things including selling the rights to footage, application fees, private donations, and others.


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Developing Space Programs (used November 3 - Nov 9, 2013) brazil, aeb isro iran japan, jaxa china csa Brazil (AEB and others), India (ISRO), Iran, Japan (JAXA), China, and Canada (CSA) have really small space programs, and as such we don't get a lot of questions and answers about them here. However, these programs do have a number of operations, and I ...


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propellants (used December 1 - December 7, 2013) There are currently 13 questions about propellants. Their chemical composition, specific impulse, use, pros and cons of some of them. But I really like such questions for two specific reasons: They are often fun to answer, leaving much room to approach it from all kinds of various angles They can be just the ...


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spaceport launch-site launchpad launch-escape-system (used November 24- November 30, 2013) I've noticed we don't have many questions regarding launch facilities at all and there's a lot of hardware that serves all kinds of purposes, from safety to even tourism. Different spaceports throughout the world are quite interesting too, all with their advantages ...


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astrobiology (used December 8 - December 14, 2013) The study of alien type lifeforms, either on other planets, or life forms that are very different than typical life on Earth. The ultimate goal of Astrobiology is to discover life on another planet, and characterize it. It also assists in knowing how to search for life on other planets, often by studying ...


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lltv (Used Jan. 05 - Jan. 11, 2014) The Lunar Landing Training Vehicle was used during the Apollo missions to simulate flying the lunar lander at 1/6th the force of Earth's gravity:


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I'm afraid that I'm in opposition to this as well - many of the points in Robert's answer to your other question apply here: If it isn't already obvious from the voting, I just don't think you strive for too much "pointless" fun running through your front page. It's going to set the tone of your site for a lot of folks for a long time to come. But +1 ...


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communication (December 15 - December 21, 2013) E.g. Interstellar eavesdropping What is the procedure if communication with the ISS is lost for an extended period?


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comet (used November 10- Nov 16, 2013) Comets are small icy bodies flying through the solar system, in particular through the inner solar system. They are known for their spectacular tails, and can often be seen on a clear night with the naked eye. There will be a close pass of a comet to Mars, the comet ISON, of only 6.5 million miles, on October 1. It's ...


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apollo-program, apollo (used October 20 - October 26, 2013) The Apollo program was the United States' moon program, producing the only US flights to land men on the moon. Example questions: Why was the Apollo CM main engine thought to be unreliable on Apollo 13? Why did Apollo 11 need someone to stay behind in lunar orbit? What would have happened if the ...


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juno (used October 6 - October 12, 2013) JUNO is a spacecraft on a path towards Jupiter. It will be the first spacecraft to not carry a camera on board on a trip to the Outer Planets, focusing instead on things like measuring gravity, electromagnetic fields, and spectrometers. It will also be the furthest spacecraft to depend solely on Solar Power. It is ...


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medical (synonym: space-medicine ) (used October 13 - October 19, 2013) Space Medicine - The unique medical issues that arise or could arise in the outer space environment (from the unusual factors such as microgravity, increased radiation, etc.) and how they are addressed Example Questions: How far could we send someone before they get a lethal dose of ...


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colonization (used October 27 - November 2, 2013) The art and science of planning, building, and running colonies on other planets. Currently we have a fair group of questions on the subject, but I think we could do a lot better. Here's a few of my favorites: Does Mars contain materials that could be used to build a space colony? How exactly does the Dutch ...


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docking docking-port rendezvous (Used Jan. 26 - Feb. 01, 2014) Everything about rendezvous and docking, from procedures to hardware, from Agena target vehicle of the Gemini program through docking of manned and resupply vehicles with the International Space Station to future dual launch mission concepts of NASA's SLS. Some example questions: Why did the ...


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museum exhibits memorabilia collectibles art (Used Feb. 23 - Mar. 01, 2014) There's many wonderful space exploration related museums around the world with fantastic futuristic ideas that never made it, past mission exhibits, space art, e.t.c. and some might even be selling original era memorabilia and collector's items. With the help of questions about ...


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fuel-depots (Used Feb. 09 - Feb. 15, 2014) From Wikipedia on Propellant depot: An orbital propellant depot is a cache of propellant that is placed in orbit around Earth or another body to allow spacecraft or the transfer stage of the spacecraft to be fueled in space. Many different depot concepts exist depending on the type of fuel to be supplied ...


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hllv ← hlv, heavy-lift-launch-vehicle (used Mar. 02 - Mar. 08, 2014) From Wikipedia on Heavy lift launch vehicle: A Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle, or HLV / HLLV, is an Orbital Launch Vehicle capable of lifting between 20,000 to 50,000kg to LEO. The current Heavy-Lift Launch vehicles in service are the Ariane 5 in its ES variant and the United Launch ...


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software (Used Feb. 02 - Feb. 08, 2014) It is only listed with 6 (six) questions as-of-date. Yet it's almost impossible to imagine a space-launch given contemporary technology without some soft-ware/firm-ware/wet-ware ... whatever. Methinks software be worthy of greater ... recognition. p.s. Shouldn't it be spelt 'soft-ware' rather than 'software'?


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Used on the week of Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2014 sample-return It seems we could come up with more questions than we have about various near-term targets for sample return and the different challenges that have to be overcome to accomplish a sample return mission. Specifically, we could talk about the Mars 2020 rover and details on how it plans to returns ...


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Used on the week of Apr. 27 - May 03, 2014 debris Since space exploration on stack is still in it's beta I'd guess upping the sits hit count would be a good move; space debris is a hot topic in the media and will continue to be a hot topic as the problem persists/agencies spend money trying to fix it. It would be good to see a few question on the ...


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training astronaut-training training-facilities (used December 22 - December 28) Another bunch of tags we don't have many questions on and it could make for an interesting topic of the week. Where are astronauts of various space agencies trained, for how long, what does that involve, what are the selection processes, how many are selected and how many give ...


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asteroid comet sample-return (Used Mar. 23 - Mar. 29, 2014) Asteroid and comet exploration. What missions have successfully landed on an asteroid, comet, or other small body? Comet missions I find more fascinating because of their very eccentric orbits.


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security (Used Mar. 16 - Mar. 22, 2014) Procedures followed or measures taken to ensure safety of individuals, assets, or information. As important as it sounds, we currently only have 4 questions tagged with it. It should not be confused with safety, which is a whole new set of topics that defy short and easy definition. In a nutshell though, we could ...


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soyuz (used December 29 - January 4) Questions regarding the manned Soviet spacecraft. On Mir, did they ever move a Soyuz at the front end, to a side docking port using Lyappa? How many successful Soyuz launches have there been? Do Russian and American spacecraft use the same docking mechanism?


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remote-sensing aerial-photography mapping (Used Apr. 13 - Apr. 19, 2014) The images that come back from the ISS of the Earth's surface are always extremely fascinating. It allows us to visualize processes that exist on long timescales and over big areas of land. Without the ISS or other remote sensing technologies (probes, for example), it would be very ...


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