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Revisiting The Airtight Garage

Looking for modern graphic artists or comic book illustrators doing work similar in style/theme to the futuristic work of Jean Giraud aka Moebius. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 5, 2014 - 10 answers

I love you to the Moon and back / I love you to the Stars and beyond

What are the top space / space exploration achievements for 2013? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 16, 2013 - 8 answers

What does space look like when you're in space?

Once you've flown away from the Earth what's the view like during interplanetary travel? Do planets look as they do on Earth, or are they brighter? What about the stars—or does the sun wash out a lot unless you're in a shadow? Aside from very bright, what does an unshielded sun look like? How far do you need to travel before you loose sight of the Moon? Is any of this like playing Kerble Space Program? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Jul 8, 2013 - 15 answers

What are your favorite novels about contemporary-ish space exploration?

I'm looking for books where characters are exploring the solar system using space ships that are technologically within (or somewhat close to) our capability to build today. Bonus points if those novels are character driven.
posted by Hoenikker on Jun 14, 2013 - 21 answers

How many SDKs? Red Bulls or Rockstar?

What do I need to be thinking about while organizing a game jam? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Humankind's making it out to the stars

What are early references to interstellar travel or starships in literature? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Why do we have cats AND Melmacians have cats?

In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Question about nuclear pulse propulsion

As I understand it, the idea behind "nuclear pulse propulsion" is that you have a spaceship where you explode nukes behind the ship, and then the ship sort-of "rides the shockwave", the nuclear explosions propelling the ship forward. But how can that possibly work in the vacuum of space? If there's no medium, like air, there's no shockwave, right? So what, exactly, would be propelling the ship forward?
posted by gkhan on Aug 14, 2012 - 16 answers

hopefully there won't be any spiders

Curiosity is making me curious. What would it feel like to stand on the surface of Mars? Let's say, first of all, it's without a space suit -- what would kill me first? The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The temperature? Then, if we found some way to breathe and function normally, what would it be like to be there? Would it be hot? Cold? Too windy to stand up? Paint a picture for me, if you can.
posted by fight or flight on Aug 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Bring out your space related bits and pieces!

Looking for a good motto, quote, or possibly a graphic related to space exploration/research, intended to be engraved on a gift pocketknife. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Jun 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Not another Space book, please

My 6-year old nephew is currently obsessed with space travel. Having nerdy parents & grandparents, he already owns two supersized model rockets, and a whole shelf of books about the Moon, planets, and space in general. With Christmas approaching, I'd like to give him something different-but-related. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by M. on Nov 16, 2011 - 30 answers

Name-that-story-filter

Name-that-story-filter: Anthropologist mother with her daughter (and son?) on a planet separated from the rest of civilization by years of sub-light space travel. Mom maintains scientific detachment, but daughter is assimilated into peculiar local culture with taboos against social interaction, driving mother and daughter apart. Inspired by this AskMe. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Aug 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Need help IDing a sci-fi novel about the building of an interstellar transport network, a mean ship AI, and first contact with an unknowable alien intelligence

Can you help me identify this SF novel? Female protagonist is employed overseeing the construction of a transportation network into deep space. She has to deal with the ship's AI who is trying to turn her son (also a crew member) against her. They run into a very strange intelligent creature and try to figure out how to keep from destroying it with their gateway network, while also carefully monitoring the amount of time that she spends outside of suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Apr 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Does Titan drink coffee or tea?

AskingForANovelFilter: Which would be easier and more economic to grow in a domed colony on Titan or to import from Earth: coffee or tea? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on May 1, 2010 - 9 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

Under Pressure

How would you get through a black hole? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Aug 3, 2009 - 28 answers

Books about the hisotry of NASA, please.

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.
posted by dpx.mfx on Feb 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Leaving the Earth behind us

Assume space travel is currently safe, as fast as possible and comparatively (compared to now) inexpensive. How feasible would it be to start colonizing a planet in a new solar system in a self-sustaining way knowing what we know now? Is this being thought about? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Dec 10, 2006 - 15 answers

What happens after you're tossed out of the airlock?

Lost in space... forever? What happens after you're tossed out of the airlock? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Oct 27, 2006 - 24 answers

Time dilation ruined my relationship!

I'm looking for stories that deal with human relationships between people seperated by time dilation due to space travel, where the person on Earth ages the same as you and I, but the space traveler, in comparison, ages significantly slower. [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Sep 18, 2005 - 47 answers

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