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An agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The Milankovitch Cycles is the effect on the climate caused by variations in astronomical movements by the Earth relative to the Sun. A recent Natural News article attributes of the recent effects of ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control? [closed]

The movie Apollo 13 famously depicts a tense scene from relatively early on in the accident where the astronauts were having diffucilty controlling the space craft due to the centre of gravity being ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth “My battery is low and it's getting dark”?

On February 13 2019, NASA announced that Opportunity - a Mars rover launched in 2003 with an intended longevity of three months - was likely to be dead. In the wake of this event, and the outpouring ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

Today on Facebook the Science Museum (London) posted: #OTD in 1930 American astronaut and aeronautical engineer Neil Armstrong was born. In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 pilot Buzz ...
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Did NASA use CGI for the Apollo mission trainers?

The Ohio State "Press Book", Computer Graphics and Computer Animation: A Retrospective Overview talks about the training simulators used on the Apollo projects: The visual images for the Apollo ...
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Does this video show a sonic boom through a sun dog?

This YouTube video purports to be of a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center in 2010. It shows a rocket reaching the speed of sound, and creating a sonic boom at the same time as the rocket ...
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Does the sound of the Sun oscillate around 528 Hz?

There are some people that believe that a 528Hz tone has healing properties, for instance this website and this one. One of the claims behind this frequency is, from the first source: NASA ...
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Are these bugs baffling entomologists with their appearance and behaviour?

Theffeed Tech have one example of a number of articles showing a video of six insects dancing in a synchronised way. The text reads: These weird looking bugs appeared in a house in Houston, Texas. ...
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Does NASA have a high ROI?

One of the oft-cited reasons for funding space exploration is the high return on investment, in terms of boosting the economy. For example Studies estimate that for every $1 the U.S. government ...
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Is Kim Jong UN a space alien according to new NASA evidence? [closed]

According to Sunday Sport newspapper (front page from 21st May 2017), based on recently leaked top secret documents and conclusion from a top NASA and Pentagon suggests that 'Kim is an ET sent as an "...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

Russian news site "Federal News Agency" (FAN) today published "Директор NASA заявил, что до вторжения инопланетян осталось несколько месяцев": Директора NASA Чарльза Болдена отправили в отпуск по ...
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Did Apollo Moon landing program cost less than lipstick used by American women during same 11 years?

On a recent Dan Carlin's "Common Sense" podcast, James Burke claimed that Apollo program to land the man on the Moon cost less than what American women spent on lipstick in the same period of time. ...
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Would it cost $370 million (probably more now) for NASA to move to SI unit of measurements?

Back in 2009 there was some traction for conversion to SI units completely. According to this article, NASA recently calculated that converting the relevant drawings, software and documentation ...
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Did NASA refuse to pay a $400 fine for littering caused by the deorbiting of Skylab?

The Wikipedia article on the city of Esperance states: In 1979, pieces of the space station Skylab crashed onto Esperance after the craft broke up over the Indian Ocean. The municipality fined the ...
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What is happening in this photo? [closed]

Yesterday I saw the following photo in a book, which is taken during the Apollo 12 mission: I see at least some significant odd things about this picture: Why the directions of shadows do not ...
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Does the STS103-734-73 NASA picture show another spacecraft? [closed]

UFO News reported in July 2014 that an older image taken of the Hubble Telescope is on a spacecraft (a "craft"). The image was taken in December 1999,, on STS-103, a repair mission on which Space ...
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Can you use a normal Ball Point pen in space?

Similar to this question Did NASA invest a million dollars in the research of a space pen, when the USSR simply used a pencil? , but on another claim not asked/answered in the other answer. When ...
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Did NASA receive a tax refund on a diamond window when it left the Earth aboard a space probe?

According to Hughesscgheritage.com: “Probe” is an export; diamond duty saved—Hughes News January 6, 1979 The cost of HAC’s highly successful Pioneer Venus mission was reduced by $12,474 ...
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Was this pile of code written by a single team of software engineers? [closed]

This article reads: [This is a] picture of her next to the code she and her colleagues wrote for the Apollo 11 guidance computer that made the moon landing possible. [..] To clarify, there are no ...
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Has NASA discovered a possible “warp-like” drive using the EmDrive?

A number of stories have been breaking on the internet from various sources (e.g. The Escapist, Sputnik News, The Daily Galaxy, IFL Science! etc.) with claims along the following from The Escapist, ...
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Did astronauts leave footprints on the moon?

Our Young-Earth Creationist physics teacher stated that he does not believe that man actually stepped on the moon. That topic has been well covered here. One of his arguments, however, was that ...
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Were the Space Shuttle's computers incapable of handling end-of-year roll-overs?

There is a claim circulating on Facebook that space shuttles couldn't fly near the end of the year because its onboard computers could not handle a year turnover. Searching for the claim, I found Y2K-...
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How long did the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger survive?

I came across this Snopes page recently, which presents the claim that the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger survived until the crew compartment hit the water, and then debunks it. If ...
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Was an unidentified spaceship recorded by the International Space Station, August 4, 2014?

This video, kinda went viral, the description says Date of sighting: August 4, 2014 Location of sighting: International Space Station (ISS) Hey everyone, I was watching the live cam and ...
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Did the Curiosity Rover take its own hands-free selfie?

Time Magazine had an article with a photographic portrait of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, attributed to NSA/JPL. Here's another version: This photos seems like it would be impossible to take. I ...
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Does unadjusted NASA climate data show no long-term global warming?

The Real Science blog by "Steven Goddard" claims that NASA have altered their data in the USA and other countries to show global warming. Right after the year 2000, NASA and NOAA dramatically ...
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Did Neil Armstrong find aliens on the moon?

There is a story told in Timothy Good's book Above Top Secret: The Worldwide U.F.O. Cover-Up and repeated by The Examiner and Global Paranormal in which Neil Armstrong saw aliens on the moon, and ...
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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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Are there 263 Sri Lankans working for NASA?

This newspaper article from sundaytimes.lk quotes a statement made by a politician in Sri Lanka. Among the 2,400 scientists at NASA, 263 scientists are Sri Lankan nationals according to Minister of ...
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Is Mary Ann Schinfield a real person?

One day, while bouncing around some alternate history and conspiracy theory videos I came across a reference to a man named Drunvalo Melchizedek. I was curious about some of his work and decided to ...
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Did NASA invest a million dollars in the research of a space pen, when the USSR simply used a pencil?

I encountered this picture of the "Russian space pen" from the MIT Museum gift shop When NASA first started sending astronauts into space, they realized that the ball-point pen would not work at ...
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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. http://gizmodo.com/5942634/nasa-starts-...
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Is this video from NASA proof that LENR is a real effect?

This video was hosted on a nasa.gov domain name. It talks about Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), also known as Cold Fusion. On this site it is claimed that this is proof that LENR works and that ...
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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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Did a NASA study show that arsenic-based bacteria are possible?

A while ago a NASA funded study claimed that they could get bacteria to incorporate arsenic into their DNA. Life forms based on different elements than life on earth have been speculated about in ...