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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1,000 year abandoned Space Station orbit [on hold]

If the initial orbit was high enough could a space station, after being suddenly abandoned (crew dies, no further assistance from Earth), stay in orbit for 1,000 years or more? How high would would it ...
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How does Miller's planet in Interstellar have such huge time dilation yet such a small gravitational force? [duplicate]

In Interstellar, the crew of the Endurance experience extreme time dilation (7 years to an hour) on Miller's planet, due to its proximity to a black hole. However, they only feel 130% of Earth's ...
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Travel off-planet in the Potterverse [duplicate]

First, some background. For the sake of argument, since as far as I know from Canon, there are no limits on the distance a portkey can take you, if you knew from Muggle sources what space was like, ...
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Red shift and expansion of universe [migrated]

We have been led to believe that in the expansion of universe theory, the farthest object is moving faster away from us than the nearer object attributing to the difference is red shift. Question: is ...
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Science fiction story or novel where alien plant erupts from under ice

I was told about a science fiction story in which humans have landed on an ice-covered planet or moon and a gigantic plantlike organism bursts out from under the ice due to the humans' lights ...
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Book title pre-1988 about first earth warp-drive ship design

I read a book in 1988/89 about a team building Earth's first warp drive space ship. The protagonist is involved in a crash of an early design and is horribly burnt. Experimental treatments keep him ...
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Which book about relativistic space travel am I thinking of? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read years ago. I think it was "the travelers" or "the journeyers" or something like that. It was about a group of human scientists that go on a long trip ...
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Male and female astronaut fall in love on a mission and fall into the sun

I am looking for the title of a SF book about a male and female astronaut that are to go to the sun and back. They fall in love, missing the key moment to brake, which causes them to fall into the sun ...
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Story about a man and an alien exploring an alien world

I think the story took place on Mars, and it had a feel like Eric Frank Russell or someone similar. The story starts with the man reporting on his return to base to explain the adventure he just went ...
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Mankind prepares for a war with aliens by warring among itself

I am looking for the title or author of a atory I read back in the 90's, no idea when it was written. The plot goes something like this: Humanity has gained access to space travel and sends 9 or 12 ...
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Where is LV-223?

In the movie Prometheus, we hear an exchange of dialogue which proceeds roughly as follows: Janek: You know, if you wanna get laid, you really don't have to pretend to be interested in the pyramid ...
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Science fiction series where humans (from another world) find the Earth

The plot had humans from a different system that suffered a catastrophic event on their home world, if I remember correctly. It was implied that their ancestors seeded life in other planets too (or ...
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Book where a slave/prisoner hooks his brain up to a spaceship

I only remember bits and pieces of this book, but I'd really like to reread it. Basically, this teenager has been a prisoner his whole life and he's forced to explore spaceships (for boobytraps and ...
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Why didn't Jupiter becoming a star kill everyone on earth and cause all kinds of problems for the solar system?

In 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the climax of the film is quite bizarre. Jupiter's mass is replaced by billions of black monoliths, eventually collapsing in on itself and becoming a star. ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...
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Identify: comic book about an astronaut

10-15 years ago I read a comic book about an astronaut. As far as I remember the action begin on Earth right after some kind of war or conflict with alien race. Main hero is young or middle aged man ...
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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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What 80s/90s cartoon had a girl with a koala, and a father trapped in a bubble in another world?

All I remember are very vague details, probably 25 years ago or so. 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 bubble, and ...
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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

I read it around 2002. The man lived in a community that was very old world and when he was infected with the nanobots it meant he would be killed. While escaping, his wife is killed. When he ran away ...
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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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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 ...