The near-vacuum extending between the planets and stars, containing small amounts of gas and dust. Also called outer space to refer to the physical universe beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

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How does the decaying orbit of a satellite maintain its orbit as it descends, as opposed to crashing straight back to Earth?

I understand that as a satellite in low-Earth orbit experiences atmospheric drag, it is slowed down. Therefore it no longer has the velocity to maintain its orbit at that point, as per the orbital ...
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What would all the forces on a space elevator be as it moves up and down?

At the bottom, the acceleration due to gravity would be g. At the top, it would be something like .8g... But would the total acceleration effectively be 0 like on the ISS? How would the acceleration ...
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Helmet to helmet in vacuum - can we talk?

Usual SciFi scene. In a spacesuit, in vacuum, with the comms out for some reason. They want to talk, so the butt helmets together so sound can pass through. Questions are: a) Would it really work in ...
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Time dialation as observed on earth

Probably a silli q but, I wanted to know if someone has taken a wind up clock into space and observed time dialation? If all our observations are by electronic methods, we dont know if electrics/...
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Magnets in microgravity

Lets say you were in a space station in microgravity. If you were to suspend a magnet in the air would it migrate slowly towards the nearest magnetic surface?
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Inconsistencies between reported temperatures for objects on the surface of the moon

I'm involved in a bit of a debate over the temperatures of different objects on the surface of the moon during the moon landings. I've seen it said that the cameras only had to survive around between -...
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can ice crystals be molded into a structural shape in space

I know that water exposed to vacuum space first boils and then turn into vapor (sublimates) . Is it possible re use this vapor say inside a pressurized membrane, to mold it into a solid ice structure, ...
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What is the voltage difference between the Moon and the Earth?

The Moon and Earth are approximately spherical conductive balls and the Earth has a self-capacitance of around 710uF. Is there ever a significant potential difference in the Earth-Moon system? Is ...
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Why do they think WT1190F is low density?

A piece of space debris WT1190F is in the news in part because it has been far from earth (farther than lunar distance) in the past but will re-enter earth's atmosphere in a few weeks. See this note ...
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Videos of changing the orientation of an astronaut in space

Kane, Headrick and Yatteau describe in their paper "Experimental investigation of an astronaut maneuvering scheme" possible maneuvers to change the orientation in space without external torque. Is ...
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How to find out diameter of some crater on moon using meteorite size and velocity?

I am looking for a formula to find out the diameter of a crater using meteorite size and velocity.
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Should we consider space and time as separate entity?

In general relativity, we think of space and time in spacetime framework. As some people say, metric tensor sign difference, along with our inability to go backward in time suggests that space and ...
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What is the physics associated with climbing a space elevator?

Suppose you have a space elevator and you use it to lift weight to orbit. Obvious this is pulling down on the counterweight. So doesn't this mean that you need to apply appropriate acceleration ...
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Laser divergence/convergence over large distance

I have hit a roadblock in my simulation, where there are 2 authors with contradicting equations on the model. So I have simulated both, and drew it out for a few diameters. My dish size is 40m. I am ...
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Dirichlet's work on gravity in non-Euclidean space?

In the book The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology by the late John North I have found the following statement (page 514): "The German mathematician Lejeune Dirichlet studied the law of ...
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Orbital period of a satellite in Kerbal Space Program

Let me start off by saying I am really bad at maths and physics, but lately I have been trying to calculate the orbital period of a satellite I have put in orbit around a planet called Kerbin in a ...
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Simulating Debris Burn Up Upon Atmospheric Reentry

For work I need to model Debris (1 gram to no more than 1000 km) burn-up upon reentry. I can't seem to find much information regarding this. I feel like I am looking for the wrong terms or something. ...
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Space and absolute 0

If two objects like black holes or soild matter are separated by space, let's assume billions and billions of light years. While all other possible energy has left the area, and no new sources. Like ...
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Can a spheromak propagate in vacuum?

I recently learned about (and am now fascinated by) spheromaks. I am no expert on plasma physics, but as I understand they are analogous to propagating toroidal vortices (smoke rings), but with plasma ...
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How easily can we pick up radio signals from outer space

I've always wondered about the concept of listening to radio signals from space to try and look for alien life - how accurately can we distinguish "man"made radio signals from other forms of radiation ...
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How different sizes of water bubbles behaves in space

I watched a YouTube video of Chris Hadfield talking about different preventive measure for spills in space station. He is using water to demonstrate spills in space station. At 0.24sec the initially ...
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The magnitude of spacecraft anomalous velocities?

That Voyager and several other spacecraft have had anomalous changes in speed is known. According to the news reports, the differences are unsettling. But just how large are these anomalies really? ...
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How could you slow down or change direction with photonic propulsion?

So you have a laser shooting at a sort of solar sail to transfer momentum in the forward direction but could you have an onboard laser and turn the laser around to hit another sail? How could you turn ...
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The force of a vacuum on a breached environment in space

Screenwriter and Physics newbie, not looking for hard numbers, but sort of a general idea of what the force of a breach in a sealed environment in space would be. In films in space, often the ship or ...
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Why does astronauts hair stick up, and not in other directions?

I understand that in microgravity it doesn't have to fall down, but why does it stick up, instead of each hair-strand going in a random direction?
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Questions regarding space

A difficulty I face is when I think of space. I haven't studied GR or SR yet, but I really want to know what it is. What is space? Is it just the empty place where things are in reality, or something ...
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When space containing an extended mass contracts, what delivers or absorbs energy?

As my understanding goes, general relativity and the many theories that have sprung from it allow for the contraction and expansion of space. When such expanding (or contracting) space contains a ...
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How long does it take for space dust to stop irradiating energy?

I heard that space dust is detectable because it irradiates on the infrared part of the spectrum? Does this happen forever? Won't it stop after some millions of years? Does it have to irradiate until ...
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How angular momentum conservation is related to the isotropy of space?

In Landau & Lifshitz Vol. 3 Section 54 "Spin" they say: In both classical and quantum mechanics, the law of conservation of angular momentum is a consequence of the isotropy of space with ...
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How fast do large asteroids usually travel?

I have just watched this video made by discovery channel, and you can hear the narrator at 0:51 saying that : "even though it is moving at 720 THOUSANDS kilometers per hour..." I stopped once I heard ...
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How much energy does the most powerful supernova release in any form other than neutrinos?

I have read most of the supernova article on wikipedia, and there are a lot of numbers and different types of supernovae so I am confused. What I need to know is how much energy is released from some ...
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Determing aperture size for space-based-solar-power laser transmitter

I have hit a bit of a roadblock in my simulation. In the equation I require the aperture size for the laser source. $$I_a ≈ \frac{\lambda d}{A}$$ $I_a$ = aperture atop the atmosphere ($m$) $\lambda$...
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What sort of thin film experiments can be done in zero gravity and in the presence of cosmic radiation?

I recently found out about sending stuff into space and using the unique zero gravity and cosmic radiation riddled environment to investigate stuff like crystal growth. Since thin film science is a ...
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How it works a Hall Effect Thruster?

I'm an aerospace engineering student, currently doing an erasmus in Pisa, Italy. I was thinking about the Hall Effect Thrusters and how they are able to produce thrust. There's something that I don't ...