Space Exploration is the idea of traveling through space, beyond a home planet's orbit to discover things unknown to the explorer.

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Trying to find name of a short story about astronauts missing the second coming of Jesus on earth

I remember reading about this short story where a group of astronauts are travelling close to the speed of light to a nearby star. When they return to Earth several years later after completing their ...
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Story about Astronauts Being Killed one by one by non-corporeal alien entity on a Deserted Planet

This science fiction short story is about a team of astronauts/space explorers who land on an alien planet. An alien entity that exists in a gaseous state is lurking at the bottom of a well or hole. ...
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Solaris (novel, 2011 English translation) Why were the automats locked up?

In the novel 'Solaris', by Stanslaw Lem, Kris Kelvin notices that the automats are all missing after he arrives on Solaris Station. He questions Snaut about this, but the latter refuses to explain. ...
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Short story where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read a short story (probably 20 years ago) about a human scientific expedition that arrives at an alien planet. The planet is covered by a thick cloud layer and orbits a dim red star. The humans ...
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Citation for essay in Analog about speed of travel

I recall, as a child in the 1970's, reading an essay that I think was in Analog about the speed of technological progress and, in particular, the fastest modes of travel. There was a plot of fastest ...
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80s-90s cartoon need help identifying

All I remember are very vague details, probably 25 years ago or so when I was 5. A young girl, blonde?, is in search of her father who seems to be lost in another world of sorts. I believe he is in a ...
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Short story about exobiology during human exploration of an alien planet

I have read a story long ago, where some explorers of an alien planet take an animal and use it like a boat (with a description similar to a very large Victoria. Eventually, they have serious ...
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Humans explore Mars, encounter hostile life

This story was definitely a movie, but I've only seen it on TV. It was probably made in the late '60s or early '70s. The plot is a crew of explorers launched on a mission to Mars. When they arrive ...
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Humanity stumbles across ancient booby trap [duplicate]

I probably read this before 2000 in an anthology work. I frequently read books like "Best SF of yyyy". The style of the writing is like that of the SF Golden Age. Humanity developed interstellar ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of “A Darkling Sea” by James Cambias?

I just finished reading A Darkling Sea. It was amazing. But my mind goes totally blank trying to interpret the ending. The following excerpts from the ending explain what the object is: ...and... ...
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A spaceship saved by a teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

I'm looking for an old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, probably a lot older, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard ...
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Wouldn't the Ascension have reached a Rubicon point before ~51 years into the journey?

In the SyFy mini-series Ascension, as one of the plot points reference is made to the Ascension space ship reaching a "Rubicon Point" at which it will take more resources to return to Earth as opposed ...
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Looking for a sci-fi novel about a ship with a neutron star at one end to counteract acceleration

I read this novel 30 years ago, so it's at least that old, but probably decently older. I can remember only details, but I remember an older couple (a woman, who was captain of a ship, I believe), ...
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Looking for a movie about a contaminated spaceship travelling to an 'Earth like' planet

There is a ship traveling through space looking for a new earth type planet. No one on board realizes it is a space ship, they believe they are living in a subterranean area hundreds of levels below ...
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Was the time dilation caused by Miller's planet or the close proximity to the Gargantua black hole?

In the movie Interstellar, is the time dilation the team suffers on the water planet Miller caused by the proximity of the planet to Gargantua or by the planet's gravitational pull? In the beginning ...
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Comic about space exploration team meeting human-sized, insect-like aliens

When I was a young boy living in Russia I came across a comic book that featured a space exploration team which made contact with not so friendly aliens who resembled Earth's insects, except that they ...
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Sci-fi Short Story Help — Surprise Ending — H. Beam Piper?

OK: Sci-fi short story, remembered from an anthology, H. Beam Piper-esque, I'm 64 so could be old. A ship of human scientists with a small security contingent land on an earth-like planet. Ancient ...
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Looking for Space Exploration Book which is collection of different sub-stories

The Book is about an earthship exploring the frontiers that I read as a kid (80's). All the stories are told by the same character but different encounters and events. The first story is about the ...
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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Short Story pre-1987: main character is Voyager-style space probe

I think I read this c. 1987. It would've been in a paperback SF short fiction anthology, likely with other stories by more famous authors (Heinlein, Asimov, the usual suspects). As I recall, the name ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...
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Novel with humans travelling to a distant planet becoming super-intelligent [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a novel (or was it a short story) where a group of humans travel to a distant planet and along the way (through genetics?) become more and more intelligent. I seem to ...
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Novel where a powerful engine or “torch” is found on an alien moon

I remember beginning a novel years ago whose name I need help in identifying. The details I remember are: It is about an alien planet with a moon that had a powerful engine on it that I believe ...
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What book has tall transparent cylindrical column-shaped aliens defending massive mega-structures?

I registered to ask for some help identifying a book. It was likely the very first space opera / science fiction novel I read, but I was a pre-teen/early teen exploring my older siblings' bookshelves ...
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Story about space travelers who stumble across an alien civilization only to realize it is heaven and God has gone insane

Does anyone know what book or series I am thinking of? Honestly, this may be a movie, a book, a short story, etc. I can't quite remember. I just remember someone describing a story in which space ...
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Book about a teacher that is infected by a students father with nanobots, then has to escape because his people kill anyone with nanobots

So while escaping his wife is killed. He finds another land where everyone uses nanotechnology and is asked to become a pilot but refuses at first and works on a space station but eventually becomes ...
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Name of a Sci-Fi Book, where humanity is rebuilt on a new planet, after being wiped out

Between 2005-2008, I entered a Barnes and Noble and came across a book in the New Releases section that I regretted not purchasing. I remember only the following from the back-panel summary of the ...
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I'm looking for a sci fi book with a tribal woman, hermaphrodites, and implanting minds into new bodies

I read a sci fi book roughly 20 years ago (late nineties) but for the life of me I cannot remember the title nor locate the book on Amazon or elsewhere online. I don't know when the book was actually ...
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Looking for title of book about alien planet with multiple alien species

I've been going crazy trying to find the name of a book. All I remember is that is featured multiple alien races. The races were best described as: Rat/mole-like creature that lived underground. ...
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Books about Space-Colonization without a central main character [closed]

A short time ago I got "The Martian Chronicles" from Ray Bradbury and I read it in almost one day. The (short) stories about colonization without a main character were totally fascinating to me. So ...
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Humanity meeting another similar intelligent life form deep into space (or not)?

I'm looking for a plot line (it should be a short story) that depicts Earth population (or their close descendants) establishing contact with another intelligent life form deep into space. After ...
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Was HAL correct?

In an exchange between astronaut Dave Bowman and the HAL 9000 computer aboard the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL asserts that he cannot allow Dave Bowman to deactivate him because doing so ...
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Humans exploring an alien world; natives trapped in a strange machine

This was a sci-fi exploration novel that I read about 10 years ago. A few humans land on a deserted alien world that is technologically more advanced. They do not know what happened to the original ...
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Cat-like people who can fly to space on crosses. Telekinetic powers. Cold world. Construct mirrors in space to warm planet. Probably 70's or 80's

Anyone know this book? I'm looking for a trilogy about a female who grows up in the country and is rescued after some kind of raid and brought to the main city. Over the trilogy, she is trained in ...
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Trying to remember a movie from late 50s or early sixties

Does anyone remember a movie circa 1961 where a team from earth/USA lands on a planet and the team members are killed one by one by some mysterious disease or fungal attack? I'm fairly sure the ...
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Anyone know this science fiction story?

Does anyone know the title or author of a story where a lone spaceman is walking across lunar surface in a suit that has sentience. The story skilfully teases the reader into believing the spaceman is ...
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Short story about discovering planet inhabited by self-organising, metallic, swarming creatures

The plot: explorers find a planet, it has lots of metallic structures that exhibit regularity and pattern, but apparently nothing living. The explorers feel very secure - they have lots of ...
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Book where humans have explored a lot of the universe without finding life

All I know about it is humans have long explored large parts of the universe and have yet to find life outside of Earth. The story focuses on the spiritual ramifications of this reality as the ...
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Did the 5 year mission begin and end with Kirk in command?

I'm trying to figure out if Kirk had a 5 year mission all to himself. In the original series, was the entire 5 year mission of the Enterprise and her crew commanded by Kirk, or did he inherit the ...
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Titles/author of book series on civilization destroying wave sweeping the galaxy

I read this book over 5 years ago, borrowed from a friend, but I believe it is quite a bit older. A spaceship finds several planets where advanced civilizations have collapsed fairly suddenly, and ...
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Short Story About How 2 Astronauts Who Stop for Lunch Unknowingly Destroy the Only Lifeform on an Arid Planet

In the 70's or 80's I read a short story in which 2 astronauts looking for a nice place to eat lunch choose a spot at the pole of a small desolate planet, overlooking the world's only pool of surface ...
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Short story or book about a space crew on a broken ship who were capturing alien animals for a zoo

I would like to know the title and author of a short story I read a long time ago. It's about 3 men in space. They were sent to different planets to catch other organisms on different planets. ...
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1970s to 1980s space exploration short story from an anthology

I once read a short story collection, possibly in the 1980s. It was a mass market paperback if I recall correctly. The story that stood out for me was an interstellar exploratory party landing on a ...
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Which Year's Best Science Fiction contained Cilia of Gold, The Remoras

What year's best science fiction had the story Cilia of Gold, Remoras on the outside of an immense interstellar travelling planetoid, and a dormant alien who arrives on Earth and mistakes smiling ...
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Why doesn't Voyager in Star Trek go above the galactic plane to get back home?

Related to Why do Star Trek vessels always approach each other on parallel planes?, but on a larger scale. The premise of Star Trek: Voyager is that the ship Voyager is stranded from Earth on the ...
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Finding the space adventure story in the late 1970's or earlier

I've read an interesting story in the late 90's, but the book was already 20 years old. So the story was written earlier than 1970's. What I recall about it: All starts with some kind of sorting ...
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Looking for a book about alien contact/testing people

I read a book many years ago, and I'm trying to find it again. The story started out with aliens contacting the earth and leaving several devices that basically did a psychology exam of the people who ...
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Story [novel, novella?] that featured faster-than-light or hyperdrive gained from observing distant drive use, also had a sentient star

I have little recollection when I read this, but it started with people observing indications of some special engine use many lightyears away, and it led them to 'reverse-engineer' the traces to ...
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What is the name of the SF novel that takes place on a planet called Ragnarok?

In my youth I read and enjoyed a SF novel that took place largely on a planet called Ragnarok. I'd like to rediscover it, if I could. Some details I remember: Humans are fighting a war with a ...
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Short story about rocks that taught kids to bounce

In a collection of short sci-fi stories, I read one where two sibling hated their parents always being away on scientific expeditions to other planets. One day, they decided to stow away on their ...