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

Nuts. Vostok 1 reached an Apogee of 327 km. That is well within Earth's magnetosphere. Aside from that, and aside from certain sensory effects that can be experienced when exposed to strong magnetic ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

From a NASA blog post made the day after contact was lost: The dust storm that is affecting Opportunity has greatly intensified. The atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover has increased to a record ...
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Did Yuri Gagarin end up in critical condition after coming back to Earth due to the missing magnetic field?

The part about magnetic fields has already been covered by DevSolar's answer. I will attempt to cover whether Yuri Gagarin was ever in "critical condition". The Vostok 1's landing program consisted ...
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Did Buzz Aldrin take communion of bread and wine on his first landing on the moon?

Yes. There was still a lawsuit pending due to Apollo 8 astronauts reading Genesis 1:1-10 for Christmas Eve 1968. So the Apollo 11 communion needed to be kept private. Reverend Dean Woodruff of ...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

No. The original source of this claim is a satirical news site. This claim is from an article in World News Daily Report, which carries the following disclaimer in the footer: World News Daily ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

It seems that he fluffed his line. He meant to say "a man", but inadvertently missed out the "a". It is also possible that the "a" was masked by static. What did Neil ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

Opportunity does not literally speak English, so no such message was expressed in those terms. However, Opportunity did communicate the information that it had a low battery and it was dark outside. ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

More grist for the mill: Despite his initial adamance that he got the grammar right by including the indefinite article, Armstrong acknowledged at a 30-year anniversary event in 1999 that he ...
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Did Buzz Aldrin take communion of bread and wine on his first landing on the moon?

Firstly, the Guardian is a reasonably serious newspaper. Not everyone is going to share its political opinions, and sometimes it will get the facts wrong but it would be surprising if it invented ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

Other answers give good technical answers to what the last message would actually have looked like, but I thought it worth tackling the angle of where the quote came from. Wikipedia cites an article ...
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Did Yuri Gagarin end up in critical condition after coming back to Earth due to the missing magnetic field?

In addition to everything else that was mentioned already, according to this article, Gagarin reported back to headquarters that he was in good health shortly after landing. There are also pictures ...
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Has "the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger... been linked to insufficient sleep"?

On the headline question Has “the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger… been linked to insufficient sleep” There probably was a link, as it was important enough included in the Rogers ...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

The current answer correctly addresses the truthiness of the claim; but neglects to mention that the satirical article in question from WNDR was actually NOT made up from scratch, but instead cued ...
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

"Space" and "visible" are poorly defined, but the broad question has been widely addressed already. Can you see it from the Moon, with a naked eye? No: NASA "The only thing you can see from the ...
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Did Yuri Gagarin end up in critical condition after coming back to Earth due to the missing magnetic field?

Юрий Гагарин: "Я чувствовал себя хорошо..." Yuri Gagarin: "I was feeling well ..." If the "missing magnetic field" problem would be actual for Yuri Gagarin, who was in space for about an hour (1 ...
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Does SpaceX charge the US government more than European customers?

Yes, it's true that that SpaceX charges NASA and the USAF higher rates... but there's a good reason. http://spacenews.com/40006spacex-says-requirements-not-markup-make-government-missions-more-costly/ ...
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Did Curiosity rover land on Mars?

Did you ever see a video of a proto-boeing-787 flying before the testbed version of a boeing-787 flew? No, you didn't. Why not? Here's a craft that is designed to fly in earths atmosphere, and they ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

This Metro article cites a tweet by Keri Bean, an engineer who worked on the opportunity mission who had Oppy’s final measurement tattooed on her arm. This tattoo means more to me than just Oppy. ...
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Have more people been to space than visited every nation?

Have more people have been to space than visited every nation? It depends on what means by "visiting every nation" and on what means by "going into space". The United Nations has ...
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Does the EM drive (electromagnetic drive) work despite the apparent lack of propellant?

From the EagleWorks paper: The test campaign included a null thrust test effort to identify any mundane sources of impulsive thrust; however, none were identified. They are not lying, they did ...
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Are the Apollo astronauts experiencing heart disease at a higher than average rate?

The basic answer is: we don't know. If you look at the original paper, you will find table 2, which shows that the number of people in the Apollo Lunar Astronauts group was 7 (n=7). Of those, 43% (...
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Can you use a normal Ball Point pen in space?

That claim is false, at least in regards to current ball point pens. Excepts from Pedro Duque's diary in space I am writing these notes in the Soyuz with a cheap ballpoint pen.As it happens, I've ...
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Is there faked Soviet footage of Yuri Gargarin's space flight?

I could not (yet) find details of the camera affixed inside Gagarin's capsule, but only a few months later, Gherman Titov, carried a mobile 35mm camera (depicted below) in the Vostok 2 flight: ...
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Did Curiosity rover land on Mars?

In my experience most testing isn't particularly exciting and worth recording and sharing with the public. Nevertheless, the NASA shared a lot of videos and photos showing the more visually ...
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

"Next to impossible with the naked eye" Source:Space in Images DETAILS Title Great Wall of China Released 22/06/2018 11:00 am Copyright ESA Description ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst ...
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Is the Worldview or any other satellite series going to provide global daily coverage at 30 centimetre resolution?

Given the technology of 2016 a defense company released the SpaceView 110 for non-Defense customers: The SpaceView 110 camera magnifies its subjects with a mirror-based design more like a big ...
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Did Iran launch a monkey into space and safely return it to Earth?

Yes, Iran did at some point successfully launch a monkey into space. And thanks to YouTube you can watch the video Iran's Space Monkey Full High Quality Video Low res version from ISNA Article from ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control?

It looks like the basics of the exchange mentioned in the book and movie actually did happen, however it was Fred Haise, not Lovell, who said vulgarity in question, and it's not clear whether or not ...
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Have more people been to the deep ocean on submersibles than to space on space craft?

From the question, I guess the deep sea is defined as 200 meters or deeper. From Wikipedia, a definition: The deep sea is broadly defined as the ocean depth where light begins to fade, at > an ...
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