I'm trying to learn the ins-and-outs of satellite operations. Assuming that i.e. a weather satellite is launched by NASA, what would be the key roles on the responsible team? Does responsibility for day-to-day operations stay at NASA, with a team monitoring the satellite, or does this get transferred to another agency? [more inside]
I love this map of Jupiter as seen from its south pole. Would it make sense to turn this into a print suitable for framing and hanging? And if so, what's the best way to go about doing so? [more inside]
I'm curious as to what kind of powerful equipment NASA either had (or had access to) during the 1960's, which was considered among the best in the world for scanning the skies? And where were they located? [more inside]
I've really enjoyed watching some of JPL's von Karman lecture series on YouTube. I'd really like to have more good quality stuff to watch online about solar system exploration - "good quality" meaning probably lectures and even rather technical ones, but not the slick, graphics-heavy, ominous voiceover discovery-channel sort of stuff (and definitely not the endless PROOF OF ALIEN LIFE ON TITAN stuff that makes searching for the good stuff so difficult). Any recommendations?
NASA has identified that Kepler-452b is Earthlike. How do we find out more about Kepler-452b and similar planets? [more inside]
For reasons perhaps best understood by wasting way too much time in Kerbal Space Program, the difference in fuel and cost between a flyby and an orbiter can be considerable. As such, NASA's New Horizons craft zipped through the Pluto system at considerable speed, before continuing out into the Edgeworth–Kuiper belt. Will the craft produce high-resolution maps of the complete surfaces of both Pluto and Charon, or will the flyby approach only allow for a portion of the surface of each body to be surveyed?
Where can I go to touch something that has been to the Moon and back? Is such a thing even possible? There must be artifacts spread around the U.S. Where's the nearest one to you (and where are you)?
Couldn't Google this successfully - a recent car commercial in the US, guy is driving on a highway at night maybe. It sounds like NASA or other mission control and space noises are coming out of his radio giving the effect that he is driving a space ship. [more inside]
A little over 11 years ago, Shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry. I want more info than the official reports reveal. [more inside]
Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
Voyager 1 just left the solar system. I know we're unable to control trajectory at this point, but I'm curious what the next body it will encounter will be, and when, on its present course.
I'm trying to remember a book I read a long time ago in which a bitter supporting character complained about the fact that he was an ex-astronaut and he had a chip in his head and every moment of every day he received encouraging commentary from NASA engineers about whatever he happens to be doing. From memory the character might be homeless, or unemployed etc, and as the story progresses I think you just assume he's a little mad and the voices are imaginary. [more inside]
We're visiting Kennedy Space Center in March and have time for one (and only one) of the tours. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions? I'm leaning towards the VAB one but could be swayed.
Watched the landing, live, in Times Square! I was thrilled, awed and inspired. Some great posts here, and lots of data on the NASA site. But 1. I'd like someone to explain the science better; what are we likely to find out? and how can that benefit the world? 2. The implications of actually finding signs of life, at whatever level.
Where can I find technical information about MSL/Curiosity's telemetry (bandwidth, protocols, contents)? [more inside]
From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen? (Did you see it? Where were you?)
I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth. [more inside]
I'm looking for first-person accounts of the US space programme from the start to the moon shot. [more inside]
What are your best examples of scientific spinoffs? [more inside]
Hypothetically speaking, are there any known elements found only in outer space that might one day economically justify a renewed commitment to space exploration? (Helium 3 not included.) [more inside]
Space shuttle launch from the water? from land? [more inside]
So, what object did I fail to identify? [more inside]
How do astronauts and other trained professionals deal with itches while in pressurized suits for long durations of time? Does NASA make astronauts undergo "tickle conditioning" to reduce the stress caused by having an itch one can't scratch, or, likewise, the military with fighter pilots? Do the subjects just get used to the feeling, so that the itch deadens? Are antihistamines or similar drugs administered pre-flight? Has weightlessness been found to affect these and related parts of the nervous system that manage sensations of pain, discomfort, heat, cold, etc.?
How can I get a copy of this NASA photo? It's a picture of the cast of Star Trek with the Space Shuttle Enterprise, number 50 in this Air & Space article of the top 50 NASA photos. [more inside]
Are there insects on the space station? (Not counting any being used in experiments) [more inside]
Why don't satellites and probes send back video from space? [more inside]
Anyone know why the Ares rocket is that shape?
I'd like to watch a rocket launched into space (from the continental U.S.). I've researched it as best I can, but would like guidance from someone who knows more about it or has seen one before. [more inside]
(Where) should we go to see the space shuttle landing? [more inside]
Where on the internets can I find HD raw footage of the Apollo programme? (for free) [more inside]
Why are space suits orange? [more inside]
With the advent of NASA's return to the moon I have a question of whether or not The Apollo astronauts could have recovered from a less than perfect landing. [more inside]
What do I need to know about going to see the final Space Shuttle Launch in 2010? [more inside]
How Might the Personal Pet Projects of NASA Employees Provide Fuel For Innovation at NASA? [more inside]
I can't for the life of me find this old NASA image of an engineer hand drawing a pixelated image from one of the early mars missions. My understanding is that they didn't have printers available quickly enough to visualize the images they were getting back so they printed up sheets of the numbers and added color themselves. [more inside]
So I'm watching the new Nasa documentary on Discovery and it prompted me to renew my search for rocket art. The issue is that if there is such a thing its not easy to find. I'm looking for prints of old rockets/spacecraft in the vein of this. Doesn't necessarily have to be photographic, but at least photo realistic. Anyone have any ideas of where to look? Bonus points if anyone knows of small scale desktop models of the old school rockets (Atlas, Jupiter, Titan, Redstone).
About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
What's it like working for NASA these days? What will it be like in 5-10 years? [more inside]
This page lists all the planned manned shuttle flights until the shuttle is retired in 2010. Where can I find a list of planned manned space flights after this?
Why hasn't anyone invented cheap space probes? Some kind of thing that could be sent up en mass to gather just base data we don't have on all the planets/moons/etc . . .? [more inside]
May I trouble someone in the U.K. to search the BFI download page and store, and tell me if they offer Project Apollo: Manned Flight to the Moon for sale or download? The site doesn't permit access to those pages from the U.S. I'm not looking to commit some kind of international copyright conspiracy; I just really want to see that movie. [more inside]
Where can I find old Nasa T-Shirts from Kennedy Space Center [more inside]
Where do I find the audio file of the radio communications from mission control of the Delta II rocket launch? Preferably in .wav format. Thanks in advance.
In this article, one of NASA's rocket scientists said that duct tape doesn't work in the vacuum of space. Why is that?
Anyone remember this 1970's film which features a moon shot launch + 'nasty congressman' demanding freebies for his wife ? [more inside]
I'm a fan of vintage NASA animations (like this one), but they are hard to find. I suspect that there's an archive of this stuff available to the public somewhere -- maybe a stack of dusty U-Matic tapes at the Library of Congress. Any ideas where I can find more?
Please recommend a good book about the history of the space travel. I'm particulary interested in NASA, but if it includes info about other countries, all the better.
Why are space shuttle interiors so complicated and so exposed? [more inside]
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