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Apollo 12 'secret' EVA?

I've been rabbit-holing some NASA conspiracy sites and, yeah, they're just as batty as they ever were. But I have been intrigued by one unexpected find - claims that there was an undocumented EVA carried out just after the Apollo 12 LM landed. I'm after non-wingnut input on this. [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Oct 2, 2016 - 10 answers

What is the moon artwork from Mr. Robot?

In Season Two Ep 8 (and probably others) there are giant photographs/paintings of the moon on the walls of Susan Jacobs' fancy apartment. What are these and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Sep 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Understanding FOIA responses from the Governmetn

I am working on a book about the public radio pledge drive, and I FOIAed federal agencies I thought might have given money to individual public radio stations or to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB redistributes federal money to stations via a Congressionally mandated 75/25 split. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on May 13, 2016 - 7 answers

NASA question: Who runs satellites? (And where can I find out about such

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]
posted by krautland on Mar 6, 2016 - 8 answers

Making a print of a photo of Jupiter

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]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 5, 2016 - 8 answers

What kinds of powerful telescopes did NASA have access to in the 1960's?

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]
posted by egeanin on Jan 8, 2016 - 11 answers

Spaaaaaaace! Spacespacespace

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?
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 21, 2015 - 3 answers

NASA just identified an Earth-like planet. What's next?

NASA has identified that Kepler-452b is Earthlike. How do we find out more about Kepler-452b and similar planets? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Jul 23, 2015 - 9 answers

What portion of the surface of Pluto and Charon will New Horizons map?

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?
posted by sindark on Jul 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can go to I touch something that's been to the moon?

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)?
posted by dws on Jun 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Recent car commercial - guy driving hears NASA or other space talk?

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]
posted by cda on Apr 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Searching for something gruesome... rocket-related.

A little over 11 years ago, Shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry. I want more info than the official reports reveal. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Feb 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Daft Punk - Contact sample source

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?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to next, Voyager 1?

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.
posted by radiosilents on Mar 20, 2013 - 11 answers

A book with a supporting character who hears NASA voices in his head?

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]
posted by planetthoughtful on Mar 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Kennedy Space Center tours?

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.
posted by smackfu on Mar 1, 2013 - 12 answers

life on mars?

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.
posted by ebesan on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers


Where can I find technical information about MSL/Curiosity's telemetry (bandwidth, protocols, contents)? [more inside]
posted by themel on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 answers

From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen?

From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen? (Did you see it? Where were you?)
posted by avocet on Apr 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Why are there sounds in this video in space?

How was the sound recorded from this recent 'Riding the Booster' video? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Mar 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for stories of space programs interacting with religion.

I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

First-person accounts of the space programme

I'm looking for first-person accounts of the US space programme from the start to the moon shot. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Dec 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Scientific spinoffs

What are your best examples of scientific spinoffs? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Sep 19, 2011 - 34 answers

Vector political boundaries for NASA Blue Marble?

Map Geo filter: Need political map overlay for NASA Blue Marble image, help! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Beyond Helium 3

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]
posted by egeanin on Mar 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Shuttle Launch Viewing

Space shuttle launch from the water? from land? [more inside]
posted by dbbaily on Mar 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't Make Me Turn This Meteor Around!

So, what object did I fail to identify? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Sep 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Nothing worse than having an itch you can't scratch

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.?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 10, 2010 - 15 answers

How can I order this NASA photo?

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]
posted by bq on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Are there bugs on the ISS?

Are there insects on the space station? (Not counting any being used in experiments) [more inside]
posted by DMan on Aug 6, 2010 - 5 answers

No, keyboard cat, you can't play this off.

Why don't satellites and probes send back video from space? [more inside]
posted by greenland on Jun 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Funny-looking rocket

Anyone know why the Ares rocket is that shape?
posted by Idcoytco on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

I would like to see a rocket launched into space

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 7, 2009 - 15 answers

(Where) should we go to see the space shuttle landing?

(Where) should we go to see the space shuttle landing? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Aug 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Apollo HD

Where on the internets can I find HD raw footage of the Apollo programme? (for free) [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jul 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Why are space suits orange?

Why are space suits orange? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Jul 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Strong man in the moon?

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]
posted by Gungho on Jun 18, 2009 - 19 answers

Final shuttle launch tips

What do I need to know about going to see the final Space Shuttle Launch in 2010? [more inside]
posted by afx114 on May 12, 2009 - 12 answers

How Can NASA Encourage NASA Employees to Innovate?

How Might the Personal Pet Projects of NASA Employees Provide Fuel For Innovation at NASA? [more inside]
posted by choragus on Apr 26, 2009 - 10 answers

searching for an old NASA image...

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]
posted by garethspor on Nov 7, 2008 - 6 answers

SpaceArtFilter: Where have all the rockets gone?

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).
posted by wavering on Jun 8, 2008 - 3 answers

How many people are involved in building the Shuttle?

About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 25, 2008 - 7 answers

ad astra per aspera

What's it like working for NASA these days? What will it be like in 5-10 years? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Nov 9, 2007 - 21 answers

Manned Space-Flight: FLIGHT CANCELLED

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?
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Distributed Probing?

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]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 18, 2007 - 34 answers

Help me see a web page that's blocked in the U.S.

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]
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Aug 1, 2007 - 5 answers

can i find big NASA tshirts (official)

Where can I find old Nasa T-Shirts from Kennedy Space Center [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Delta 2 Rocket Mars rover mission

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.
posted by mitzyjalapeno on Jul 21, 2007 - 3 answers

Why doesn't duct tape work in the vacuum of space?

In this article, one of NASA's rocket scientists said that duct tape doesn't work in the vacuum of space. Why is that?
posted by banshee on Jun 13, 2007 - 21 answers

Moon shot + free binos - what film is this ?

Anyone remember this 1970's film which features a moon shot launch + 'nasty congressman' demanding freebies for his wife ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on May 13, 2007 - 4 answers

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