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Did Yuri Gagarin end up in critical condition after coming back to Earth due to the missing magnetic field?

My friend's mother is about to undergo some treatment in magnetic field therapy for osteoarthritis and he is trying to verify if this is useful as claimed, or if this has any harmful effects. The ...
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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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Did Buzz Aldrin take communion of bread and wine on his first landing on the moon?

According to this BBC article of 2017-02-17 the first liquid to be drunk on the surface of the moon was wine It cites as source this The Guardian article of 2012-07-13, describing Buzz Aldrin ...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: The caption says: Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to ...
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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. Pierre Kohler,...
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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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Was the mileage of the Apollo spaceships 7 inches to the gallon for their moon flights?

According to this Facebook post apparently by Buzz Aldrin, "[Apollo]'s mileage to the moon was 7 inches to the gallon." If the moon is 250,000 miles away, that seems to come out to 2.2 * 10^9 ...
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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 ...
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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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Did a group of U.S. women propose to send black kids instead of dogs to space?

In his 1964 book "The third side of the dollar", Lithuanian journalist Albertas Laurinčiukas writes: After Laika's flight, a group of women from Mississippi, U.S., sent a letter to the ...
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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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Has "the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger... been linked to insufficient sleep"?

According to Daylight Savings Time and Traffic Accidents N Engl J Med 1996; 334:924-925 Major disasters, including the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the destruction ...
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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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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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Does SpaceX charge the US government more than European customers?

In an interview with the magazine "Der Spiegel" the CEO of the Ariane group Alain Charmeau makes the following statement: Entschuldigung, aber das stimmt nicht. Man sollte sich fragen, ...
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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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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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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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Does the EM drive (electromagnetic drive) work despite the apparent lack of propellant?

In recent headlines, a supposed EM drive, or RF resonant cavity thruster, has been reported to produce thrust despite the apparent lack of any propellant. The drive is purported to work by pushing ...
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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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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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Have more people "been to space than have flown in a B-2?"

According to Popular Mechanics (emphasis added): More people have been to space than have flown in a B-2. ... A B-2 pilot at Whiteman [Air Force Base] told me that the number of astronauts who've ...
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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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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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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

Is the Great Wall of China visible from space? This is quoted every now and then in film and television (e.g. The Truman Show), purportedly placing it among a rare class of single object that are ...
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Are the Apollo astronauts experiencing heart disease at a higher than average rate?

ArsTechnica used a headline (and this has been reported elsewhere): Apollo astronauts dying of heart disease at 4-5X the rate of normal humans What is the evidence relating to the headline's claim?...
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Is MarsOne a hoax, or are their claims reasonable? [closed]

I was reading a little on spaceexploration.se and I came across the following comments: The amount of nonsense from Mars One is quite astounding. The number of people who have swallowed that nonsense ...
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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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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 ...
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Have more people been to the deep ocean on submersibles than to space on space craft?

According to this comment by Jon Copley a Marine Biologist as interviewed by Nexus for their show "He was right: Engineer who warned Stockton Rush about OceanGate talks to Nexus", There has ...
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Is the Worldview or any other satellite series going to provide global daily coverage at 30 centimetre resolution?

A report broadcast on the TV BBC News Channel on 2018-11-01 at approximately 20:55 GMT (not available online) claims that soon, satellites will provide "daily 30 centimetre resolution global coverage"....
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Is there faked Soviet footage of Yuri Gargarin's space flight?

In this clip Joe Rogan says there is faked footage from the Russians of the Yuri Gargarin's space flight. He uses this as an example of "prior-work" for faking the Apollo space landing. I'm not sure ...
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Did Robert Brownlee express a belief that a manhole cover was launched into space by a nuclear test?

According to Snopes: the above-mentioned Brownlee doesn't believe the metal cap launched into space. However Business Insider states: Robert Brownlee, an astrophysicist who designed the nuclear ...
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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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Are Mars One sending people on one-way missions to mars, starting in 2024? [closed]

The organization, Mars One claims that: Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. A key part of the success of ...
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Have more people been to space than visited every nation?

I read in Melburnian Rachel Davey becomes the first Australian woman to visit every nation in the world (mirror): In human history, more people have been to space than visited every nation. Is that ...
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Was Gagarin the thirteenth person to be sent to space?

I read this Russian article today that claims that Yuri Gagarin (the first person to journey into outer space) was, in fact, the thirteenth attempt that was finally successful. Is that correct?
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Does grabbing a fidget spinner in zero G cause your body to tumble rapidly?

Techly have posted a video they attribute to NASA. It shows ISS astronauts looking at a fidget spinner floating in space and grabbing it. After a jump-cut, they are shown tumbling (rotating along all ...
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Did the Soyuz 1 mission fail because of an ignored decimal point?

I am from an Eastern bloc nation. In my childhood I was taught that the Soyuz 1 mission failed because a decimal point was ignored during the pre-flight check, which was the cause of the parachute ...
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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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Has Virgin Galactic flown any tourists yet [closed]

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post this question in https://space.stackexchange.com/ or https://travel.stackexchange.com/ but today I heard from a friend for the first time that Virgin Galactic has ...
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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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Did Curiosity rover land on Mars?

The Curiosity rover landed on Mars using an extremely complex system, system involving a sky crane and using pictures from the orbiter to maneuver to a flat landing spot. The 1 ton car (equivalent to ...
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