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Space FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Space

This FAQ about Space was compiled and written by Jon Leech leech@cs.unc.edu and Mark Bradford tla@surly.org with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Credits (Space FAQ)
Eugene Miya (then under the authority of the Computer Systems Division,...
-02 Network resources overview (Space FAQ)
You may be reading this document on many types of computers, so much ...
-03 Mailing lists (Space FAQ)
SPACE Digest has been broken up into 5 separate digests to mirror ...
-04 Periodically updated information (Space FAQ)
In addition to this FAQ list, a broad variety of topical information ...
-05 Warning about non-public networks (Space FAQ)
(Included at the suggestion of Eugene Miya, who wrote the item)...
-06 Online and other sources of images, data, etc. introduction (Space FAQ)
A wide variety of images, data, catalogs, information releases, ...
-07 World wide web (www) (Space FAQ)
WWW is a global hypermedia network carried on the Internet ...
-08 Viewing images (Space FAQ)
Don't ask for images to be posted to the space/astro newsgroups. They'...
-09 Online archives (Space FAQ) part1
CENTER FOR ADVANCED SPACE ...
-10 Online archives (Space FAQ) part2
NASA JET PROPULSION LAB (MISSION INFORMATION AND IMAGES)...
-11 Online archives (Space FAQ) part3
ASTRONOMICAL ...
-12 Geosphere project (full earth image)
Tom van Sant's GeoSphere Project has produced a very nice ...
-13 Landsat and nasa photos
You can get black-and-white 1:1M prints, negatives, or positives ...
-14 Planetary maps
Phil Stooke (stooke@sscl.uwo.ca) maintains a list of maps of all ...
-15 Solar system tours
There are several tutorials on the Web describing the planets and ...
-16 Cometary / minor planet orbital data
Catalogue of Cometary ...
-17 Constants and equations for calculations (Space)
This list was originally compiled by Dale Greer. Additions would ...
-18 Computing Spacecraft Orbits And Trajectories
References that have been frequently recommended on the net are:...
-19 Computing Planetary Positions
More net references:...
-20 Computing Crater Diameters From Earth-Impacting Asteroids
Astrogeologist Gene Shoemaker proposes the following formula, based ...
-21 Map Projections And Spherical Trignometry (Space)
Source code for cartographic projections may be found ...
-22 Performing N-Body Simulations Efficiently (Space)
Computer Simulation Using ...
-23 Interpreting the fits image format (Space)
If you just need to examine FITS images, use the ppm package (see ...
-24 Nearby star/galaxy coordinates (Space)
To generate 3D coordinates of astronomical objects, first obtain ...
-25 Publishers of space/astronomy material
Astronomical Society of the ...
-26 Careers in the space industry
In 1990 the Princeton Planetary Society published the first edition ...
-27 Dc-x single-stage to orbit (ssto) program
BMDO SSRT (Single Stage Rocket Technology) project has funded ...
-28 How to name a star after a person
Official names are decided by committees of the ...
-29 LLNL "great exploration" (Space)
The LLNL Great Exploration, a plan for an on-the-cheap space station,...
-30 Lunar prospector
Lunar Exploration Inc. (LEI) is a non-profit corporation working on ...
-31 Lunar science and activities
Grant H Heiken, David T Vaniman, and Bevan M French (editors), ...
-32 Mars direct / lunar direct (Space)
Robert Zubrin and collaborators have developed several proposals ...
-33 Orbiting earth satellite histories (Space)
A list of Earth orbiting satellites (that are still in orbit) is ...
-34 Spacecraft models
References to plans, kits, building, and other information can be ...
-35 Rocket propulsion (Space)
George P. Sutton, Rocket Propulsion Elements, 5th edn,...
-36 Spacecraft design
Brij N. Agrawal, Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft,...
-37 Esoteric propulsion schemes part1 (solar sails, lasers, fusion...)
Dani Eder (eder@hsvaic.hv.boeing.com) maintains a Canonical List ...
-38 Esoteric propulsion schemes part2 (solar sails, lasers, fusion...)
-39 Esoteric propulsion schemes part3 (solar sails, lasers, fusion...)
MASS DRIVERS (COILGUNS, RAILGUNS)...
-40 Esoteric propulsion schemes part4 (solar sails, lasers, fusion...)
-41 Spy satellites
*Deep Black*, by William Burrows;...
-42 Space capsule locations
Ross Finlayson (finlayson@eng.sun.com) has put together a list ...
-43 Space shuttle computer systems
A FAQ on the shuttle General Purpose Computers, maintained by Ken ...
-44 SETI computation (signal processing)
%A D. K. ...
-45 Amateur satellies & weather satellites
A writeup on receiving and interpreting weather satellite photos is ...
-46 Tides (Space)
Srinivas Bettadpur contributed a writeup on tides, ...
-47 Astronomical mnemonics (space)
A listing of astronomical mnemonics is ...
-48 Contacting nasa, esa, and other space agencies/companies
Many space activities center around large Government or ...
-49 Nasa centers
Web pages for all NASA centers can be reached ...
-50 Other commercial space businesses
The space-investors mailing list has a file with addresses and info ...
-51 Astronauts
Specific NASA astronauts can be contacted by forwarding mail through:...
-52 Shuttle launchings and landings; schedules and how to see them
Steven S. Pietrobon (steven@spri.levels.unisa.edu.au) posts a ...
-53 Why does the shuttle roll just after liftoff?
The following answer and translation are provided by Ken ...
-54 How to receive the nasa tv channel, nasa select
NASA SELECT is broadcast by satellite. If you have access to a ...
-55 Amateur radio frequencies for shuttle missions
The following are believed to rebroadcast space shuttle mission audio:...
-56 Solid rocket booster fuel composition
Reference: Shuttle Flight Operations Manual Volume 8B - Solid ...
-57 Planetary probes - historical missions
This section was lightly adapted from an original posting by Larry ...
-58 Mariner (venus, mars, & mercury flybys and orbiters) (US planetary missions)
MARINER 1, the first U.S. attempt to send a spacecraft to Venus, ...
-59 Pioneer (moon, sun, venus, jupiter, and saturn flybys and orbiters) (US planetary missions)
PIONEER 1 through 3 failed to meet their main objective - to ...
-60 Ranger (lunar lander and impact missions) (US planetary missions)
RANGER 1 and 2 were test probes for the RANGER lunar impact series. ...
-61 Lunar orbiter (lunar surface photography) (US planetary missions)
LUNAR ORBITER 1 through 5 were designed to orbit the Moon and ...
-62 Surveyor (lunar soft landers) (US planetary missions)
The SURVEYOR series were designed primarily to see if an APOLLO ...
-63 Viking (mars orbiters and landers) (US planetary missions)
VIKING 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 20, 1975 ...
-64 Voyager (outer planet flybys) (US planetary missions)
VOYAGER 1 was launched September 5, 1977, and flew past Jupiter on ...
-65 Soviet planetary missions
Since there have been so many Soviet probes to the Moon, Venus, ...
-66 European planetary missions
GIOTTO was launched by an Ariane-1 by ESA on July 2 1985, and ...
-67 Japanese planetary missions
-68 Planetary Mission References part1
I also recommend reading the following works, categorized in ...
-69 Planetary Mission References part2
Other works and periodicals:...
-70 Upcoming planetary probes - missions and schedules
Information on upcoming or currently active missions not mentioned ...
-71 Planetary Mission References part3
CLEMENTINE - Joint mission of the Ballistic Missile Defense ...
-72 Planetary Mission References part4
MAGELLAN - Venus radar mapping mission. Mapped almost the entire ...
-73 Other space science missions
(various sources; corrections and updates ...
-74 Controversial questions (Space)
These issues periodically come up with much argument and few facts ...
-75 Space shuttle mission costs
The answer depends heavily on assumptions, some of which are:...
-76 What happened to the saturn v plans
Despite a widespread belief to the contrary, the Saturn V ...
-77 Why data from space missions isn't immediately available
Investigators associated with NASA missions are allowed exclusive ...
-78 Risks of nuclear (rtg) power sources for space probes
There has been extensive discussion on this topic sparked by attempts ...
-79 Impact of the space shuttle on the ozone layer
From time to time, claims are made that chemicals released ...
-80 How long can a human live unprotected in space
If you *don't* try to hold your breath, exposure to space for half ...
-81 How the challenger astronauts died
The Challenger shuttle was not destroyed in an explosion. This is ...
-82 Using the shuttle beyond low earth orbit
You can't use the shuttle orbiter for missions beyond low Earth ...
-83 The "face on mars"
There really is a big rock on Mars that looks remarkably like a ...
-84 Network groups and resources (Space)
ISLAND ONE - Web pages addressing economic, political, and ...
-85 Space Groups part1
AAS(1) - American Astronautical Society. Professional association,...
-86 Space Groups part2
ARTEMIS SOCIETY - Supports The Artemis Project, a multi-...
-87 Space Groups part3
ERPS - Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society. Non-profit liquid ...
-88 Space Groups part4
SAS - Space Access Society. Dedicated to promoting affordable, ...
-89 Space Groups part5
UK-SEDS - United Kingdom SEDS affiliate (see above). Projects ...
-90 Publications (Space)
Ad Astra - bimonthly glossy magazine published by the National ...
-91 How To Become an Astronaut
There is a mailing list for those interested in sharing information ...
-92 How To Become an Astronaut: Announcement for Mission Specialist andPilot Astronaut Candidates
-93 How To Become an Astronaut: Astronaut Candidate Program
-94 How To Become an Astronaut: Application Procedures
-95 Introduction (Orbital and planetary launch services)
Last update: October 31, ...
-96 Current Launch Vehicle Data part1 (Orbital and planetary launch services)
-97 Current Launch Vehicle Data part2 (Orbital and planetary launch services)
-98 Current Launch Vehicle Data part3 (Orbital and planetary launch services)
-99 Current Launch Vehicle Data part4 (Orbital and planetary launch services)
-100 Current Launch Vehicle Data part5 (Orbital and planetary launch services)
-101 Future launch vehicles (Orbital and planetary launch services)
A large number of new vehicles are on the drawing boards of ...
-102 Acronym List For Space And Astronomy
As of 2002 Oct ...









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