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Does NASA use whale oil in the Hubble Telescope?

The History Channel documentary America, the Story of Us states that NASA uses whale oil in the Hubble Space Telescope. Is there any solid evidence to confirm or dispute this claim?
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Did the Stuxnet virus attack the International Space Station?

Over at Extreme Tech Last year, news broke that a virus sabotaged the Iranian uranium enrichment program. It seemed all too convenient at the time — and as it turned out, the virus, Stuxnet, was ...
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Did a group of U.S. women propose to send black kids instead of dogs to space?

In his 1964's book "The third side of dollar", Lithuanian journalist Albertas Laurinčiukas writes: After Laika's flight, a group of women from Mississippi, U.S., sent a letter to the United ...
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Has David Martines found a picture of a space-station on Mars?

From The Daily Mail: But now an American 'armchair astronaut' claims to have discovered a mysterious structure on the surface of the red planet - by looking on Google earth. David Martines, ...
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Did a 19 year old Egyptian student invent a new space propulsion system?

I've seen reports that a 19 year old Egyptian student has invented a new space propulsion system. For example, The Daily Mail: Two mirrors used to generate power using weird quantum physics ...
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Is global temperature significantly affected by time of galactic year?

There is a claim that different patches of the galaxy have different climate effects due to variations in cosmic ray strength. I've occasionally heard this used to explain global warming but more ...
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Is it possible to officially Buy A Star?

There are plenty of companies around that let you purchase a star. They claim that the star will be named as you direct and they issue you a certificate of ownership. I realize that the T&C's for ...
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Are United States scientists building a Stanford Torus space station in the Ukraine?

In late 2011 the prime minister of Ukraine said the following: But it is impossible to predict what will happen in 20 years. I will tell you a story: I just got back from a plant in ...
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Did the Dogon tribes discover “Trans-Pluto”?

The performance artist Marina Abramović has said the following in a forum at the New York Public Library: In Africa you have Dogon tribes who worship Trans-Pluto, which is you know a small ...
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Did Iran launch a monkey into space and safely return it to Earth?

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Monkey-business-US-unsure-of-Iran-s-space-claims-4249556.php The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a ...
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Did astronauts or cosmonauts have sex in space?

The Guardian: US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programmes on how human beings might survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday. ...
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Are North Korea launching satellites to provide cover for testing of long-range missile technology?

I see recently on the news that the US, Japan, and South Korea are opposed to North Korea's satellite launch because, they claim, it's a cover-up for testing long-range missile technology. From the ...
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VASIMR - Earth to Mars in 39 days? [closed]

The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is currently in development and is anticipated to be tested on the International Space Station in 2015. I'm a huge fan of expanding space ...
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Can the EmDrive produce thrust for a spacecraft without propellant? [closed]

This article and the paper “Net Thrust Measurement of Propellentless Microwave Thruster” in the June edition of the journal Acta Physica Sinica published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences talk about ...
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Is NASA working on warp drive?

I am cynical about a report on Gizmodo that NASA is developing Warp Drive. This was trending on Google Plus tonight and gathering a bit of attention. ...
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Can the radioactive material on the Curiosity rover create risk to present or future life on Mars? [closed]

The Curiosity Rover has a nuclear generator / MMRTG, but I haven't seen any research describing if it is safe for present or future life on Mars. If the casing of the generator were to be ...
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Are there pine trees on Mars?

There's a UFO site which claims that the below image is captured by the Mars Global Surveyor and is of what looks like pine or other similar type of trees. I think this image is important because ...
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Evidence for the absolute speed of light

I'm wrapping my mind over Einstein's Special Relativity. He postulates an abolute speed of light which concludes (in my perspective) to several illogical paradoxes. Is there any evidence, that the ...
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How do we get pictures of the milky way? [closed]

In this picture, it says that the extent of human radio broadcast is this tiny blue dot about 200 lightyears in diameter. I find it hard to believe that we can take an image of the entire milky way ...
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Was NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter lost because engineering teams used different measuring units?

I read in a book that NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter was lost on September 23, 1999, at a cost of $125 million, because one engineering team used metric units, while another one used inches for a key ...
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Did NASA's STEREO spacecraft capture an image of a cloaked UFO near Mercury?

Apparently on Dec. 1st a video camera on board a NASA satelite captured a "UFO" during a solar flare, near Mercury (skip ahead to 33 seconds for the relevant footage). Is it an alien spaceship? The ...
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Could the moons of Jupiter support life?

I read a news article about a probe headed out to Jupiter. At the end of the article, it mentions a fear of "contaminating" the moons if it does not end it's life on Jupiter itself: Juno's ...
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Can Iran afford to put someone on the moon by 2025?

Iran has claimed that it intends to put someone on the moon by 2025. I find it hard to believe that Iran has the necessary financial resources to accomplish such a mission. Notwithstanding some ...
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Could the USA have a secret colony on mars?

I've read a number of articles suggesting that the USA has a mars colony, including (if I recall correctly, but I can't find the link now) one where an official in China stated that they believed the ...