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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an United States government organization.

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Diffusion of a color through a liquid in zero-gravity environments

There's a video of an astronaut putting a droplet of food coloring into a blob (sphere) of water on the ISS. The water turns the color of the dye almost instantaneously. On Earth that dye would slowly ...
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How does TESS focus on bright nearby stars?

How does the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite "focus on" bright nearby stars, in contrast to the Kepler Mission's focus on dim distant stars? I understand that the fields of view of the two ...
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Delta-V of Earth to Moon mission using Moon orbit

I have read this article here and it talks about the delta-v cost of travelling to and from the Moon. Importantly it says that getting to an orbit round the Moon, and docking with a space station, and ...
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Why is Anti-helium so important in the search for dark matter?

I've been reading/hearing that if the AMS satellite measures a significant flux of anti-helium in cosmic rays, that would be an irrefutable proof of dark matter. I was wondering: Why is that? what is ...
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Why were rubber o rings used on challenger shuttle boosters? [closed]

From non engineering point of view I'd have so many problems with it that I'd call o ring design stupidity. Why use rubber? The gases are under high pressure and extremely hot! it'll always burn ...
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Gold on NASA visor follow up?

I looking for ways to coat the lenses of my glasses with a thin layer of gold, the same way tht NASA used to do with the astronaut's visors. I found this post by Carlos: Why does NASA use gold foil ...
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Why does NASA need an aircraft model flying over a flat and nonrotating earth?

On the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) there's an article titled Derivation and definition of a linear aircraft model: Abstract A linear aircraft model for a rigid aircraft of constant ...
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Why does NASA choose Cape Canaveral to be the site to luanch the space shuttle?

I just wondering why this place precisely. Is it politics? And what happen to it now since the space shuttle program retired?
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Does the International Space Station always travels in the same path?

From the 3d visualization http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=25544#TOP (the right image with the red line indication the path of the ISS) it looks like always the ISS takes the same path. Is it the ...
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Limitations of radiowave speed [closed]

If radio waves travel as fast as light, how was nixon able to talk to the apollo moon crew in real-time over a phone? it seems this concept makes the idea of seeing something billions of light years ...
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What happens when the Kepler Space Telescope 'catches up' to Earth?

Kepler is in an earth-trailing orbit with a period of 372.5 days, so it lags behind the Earth about a week each year. Doesn't that mean that, in about 52 years, we'll meet it from the other direction? ...
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Is it true Mars once had life? (like Earth) [closed]

Nasa had proven Mars once had water and still has under ground. So dose that mean mars once had life or maybe still has?
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Land proportions in NASA blue marble photographs

What is the explanation for the apparent size difference of North America in these two photos from NASA? Image source Image source
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How does NASA determine the position of their probes?

I'm currently following New Horizons visit to Pluto. I'm just wondering how does the Probe/NASA determine the Position of the Probe? I would assume using earth's GPS wouldn't have the necessary ...
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ISS live stream 'experiments' explanation

I am not sure if this question would be appropriate on Physics.SE (or SE in general) so please redirect me if necessary. I have been recently watching some of the International Space Station live ...
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How is possible to hear mechanical sounds in space?

In the footage taken by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts during spacewalk (EVA) on the International Space Station on 25.02.2015, sounds can be heard while in space. I can understand "shaking" sounds while ...
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What are the evidences that support the EmDrive? [duplicate]

Firstly, I'd like to point that I’m from Brazil, so forgive me for any errors in my writing. Today, i found myself reading a journal who said that NASA is closer to detecting Warp Bubbles predicted ...
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Has the Pioneer Anomaly been experienced by Voyager?

I came across the Pioneer Anomaly recently, and a quick search here showed there now a theory that fits everything observed. My question is, should we expect a similar effect from the design of the ...
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Are the Voyager spacecraft rotating in space or are they completely still?

Are the Voyager spacecraft completely still (fixated) when travelling through space or are they a little unstable because they are travelling at high velocities?
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Exotic matter out of a “squeezed” vacuum?

In the light of the current warp field experiments by NASA I found this paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1005.5682v1.pdf Could this actually lead to the creation of exotic matter or at least strengthen ...
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“Voyager: Lightning on Jupiter”: what's a sound source for this?

NASA created an official Soundcloud channel with a various sounds from missions. There are a Voyager: Lightning on Jupiter sound. Is there are ay information on how's this sound is produced (and ...
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Why was the asteroid 101955 Bennu chosen by the NASA OSIRIS-REx sample return mission?

Please explain it in simple terms. Why was THIS asteroid chosen among all the thousand of asteroids?
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question about ICRF/J2000 equinox orientation

The DE406 ephemeris data and the NASA Horizons website all report the Earth's current coordinates on 2014 Sep 27, a few days after the Fall equinox, as approximately [1,0,0] AU. However every ...
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NASA Theoretical Faster Than Light Space Travel (IXS-Enterprise)

I was recently reading about NASA Faster than Light proposed spaceship, it supposedly will bend spacetime behind the spacecraft, so technically instead of bringing the ship to the destination, "it ...
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Is it possible to avoid the radiation that caused the American flag turned into white on the Moon? [closed]

While lunar images have proven that the American flags planted during the Apollo missions are still standing on the moon, lunar scientists have now said that they probably no longer hold the iconic ...
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Curiosity Rover (MSL): current coordinates

I'm looking for information on the current coordinates of Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover. I've only found the landing site coordinates 4.5895°S ...
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Could a spacecraft dock with the voyager 1?

Is the Voyager 1 (or any similar exploration spacecraft) equipped with the ability for space to dock with it (attach to it)? Hypothetically, if a voyager or similar spacecraft were in Earth's orbit, ...
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How could the relative zero gravity of the International Space Station be canceled? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will a machine or a technique ever be possible that allows gravity in space? I'm wondering how it would be possible for science to cancel out the experience of zero gravity on ...
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How do aerospace engineers choose a landing system? (Curiosity rover)

The Sojourner rover with the Mars Pathfinder used a entry, descent, and landing system involving airbags to land on Mars. The Spirit and Opportunity rovers each used more-or-less the same system ...
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What happened to Apollo's Saturn-third-stage rockets?

I read recently the original Apollo 11 press release and it mentions that the Saturn V's third stage (used for Trans-Lunar Injection) was deployed into a solar orbit of some kind: (Source: Press Kit -...
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Cassini: What information could be gained from the 2017 impact with Saturn?

First of all: Will Cassini be operational in 2017 (pending no unforeseen equipment failures)? Power Communications ... What information could we gain? Properties of Saturn How to build more ...
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Where are the Voyagers going?

Given enough time, where are the Voyager spacecrafts heading? (Assuming some alien civilization doesn't pick them up.) Will they pass by any interesting stars on the way to the black hole at the ...
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Where to get hard historical and trend data related to reentry of satellites like UARS [closed]

NASA is providing very brief updates on the reentry of the UARS satellite. They also published an extensive study of the Re-entry and risk assessment for the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (...
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How can Y-dwarf stars have such a low temperature?

A recent article from NASA said they found some stars with temperatures "as cool as the human body." How is this possible? Does fusion still occur in these stars?
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What is the mass of the LEGO figurines being launched with spacecraft Juno?

What is the mass of the LEGO figurines being launched with spacecraft Juno? How much additional fuel will be needed to get them to Jupiter?
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Why aren't space probes like New Horizons sped up in space?

So the New Horizons project is sending a probe out to image Pluto and Charon. As they're pretty far away, it will take the New Horizons probe nearly 10 years to get there (in 2015, having been ...
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What effects will the heliosheath have on the Voyager spacecraft?

I wanted to know what effects the heliosheath will have on the Voyager 1 & 2 craft. I know they used the slingshot method to travel through our solar system; so, with being way out in the ...
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Curiosity Rover (MSL): specification / dimensions

I have been looking all over and I can't find a detailed specification about the Curiosity Rover. The length is about 10 feet but it would be cool to find out the dimensions of the wheels, clearance ...
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Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) cancellation [closed]

NASA's SIM mission was recently cancelled despite \$600 million being spent already over the last ten years. Has this \$600m been completely wasted or has any new technology been developed that could ...
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Cameras in Voyager probes

I've always wondered about the cameras in the space probes, especially in the Voyagers. 1) What kind of cameras do they have? Digital? (Electronic - what kind of sensor and megapixel count?) Analog? (...
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The most distant point from the earth that a space shuttle has reached

What is the most distant point from the Earth that a space shuttle has reached? When did this happen?
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After the Space Shuttle is retired, how will the new sections of ISS be launched?

The International Space Station (ISS) had many of its components launched by the Space Shuttle. After the Space Shuttle's retirement, what is the proposed launch vehicle for new ISS sections?