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Are the OMS thrusters strong enough keep the MAV upright?

Martian atmospheric density aside, would the OMS thrusters, which were designed to be used in orbit, generate enough force to counteract wind capable of toppling the MAV on the surface?
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Looking for a time travel movie from 70's or early 80s

All I can remember is that a young boy enters a science lab and finds a time machine with a capsule, and travels through time and ends up in the past in a forest, where he stumbles across an old man. ...
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About a preacher that uses technology to deceive his audiences, leads humanity off a poisoned earth to 2 planets that forget about each other [duplicate]

Honestly there are so many bits and pieces I can use to identify the story and Google can't find a book with any of them. This is a book I checked out of a library in London about 6 years ago so maybe ...
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What are the Star Wars scenes parodied in this Hanukkah Star Wars parody?

Jewish acapella group Six13 released their annual Hanukkah video - a parody of famous Star Wars movies and scenes. What are the scenes and songs parodied in the video? ...
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Series where the protagonists fly a plane out of an underground base, episode with a water talisman

I have forgotten this show for a long time but it's on the edge of my memory. Please help me get my nostalgia boost. No wiki or IMDb can help me so far. I saw a cartoon show a long time ago about ...
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Book about aliens sending instructions to build a supercomputer

I didn’t read it, so I could get it wrong. Here as I remember it: People get in touch with aliens and they (aliens) send them instructions how to build supercomputer... But it appears to be evil and ...
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What is Tony talking about here?

In Avengers: Endgame, speaking of their loss in the previous film, Tony says: I said we'd lose. You said, 'We'll do that together too'. Guess what, Cap? We lost, and you weren't there. But that's ...
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How do Jedi Deal With Childcare?

Jedi bring in children at a very young age. The age would obviously be younger than nine years as Anakin was labeled as “too old” by the Council in TPM. With an even younger child, how do you train ...
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Children's picture book with many common fantasy characters acting in a play?

I'm trying to identify a picture book that I saw perhaps once as a small child (maybe 25 years ago, the book seemed relatively new at the time). Although it was a picture book, it seemed more suited ...
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What is meant by “Anything that challenges Zalem”?

In Alita Battle Angel (2019), Hugo shows Zapan to Alita: Hugo: He's a bounty hunter. Named Zapan. Scanning for his mark. I wouldn't wanna be that guy. ALITA: Look at that sword. Hugo: ...
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What is the meaning of Mr. Deltoid with Alex in Alex's home

Re-watching this scene after many, many years. Had not remembered (or maybe never saw this version?) where Alex, in his underwear, is laying next to Deltoid on the bed. This is a very disturbing scene ...
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Earliest isekai (in another world)? [closed]

The isekai genre is currently popular in Japanese manga and anime. But to the best of my knowledge, they did not originate it. Early western examples include: The Divine Comedy, Dante, ~1308 ...
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Why did this thing get destroyed in episode 6 of “The Mandalorian?”

In episode 6 of The Mandalorian (“The Prisoner”) we see a homing beacon being used on a New Republic prison ship. One of the characters — Mayfeld — states: Okay that makes sense considering what kind ...
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Who chained up Subotai and for what reason?

When Conan first meets Subotai the latter is chained to a rock and expecting to be eaten by starving wolves- why was he chained to said rock and by whom?
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Did Iduna know the truth about her father in law?

Toward the end of Frozen II we learn that the voice that has been called Elsa into the wilderness, and eventually to Ahtohallan is actually It seems that learning the truth about her past was too ...
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How common are Namesakes?

In the comic Namesake, some people named after mythological or folkloric characters end up sucked into the corresponding world to fulfill their role in the story. I think it's fairly clear that with ...
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Was George Lucas directly involved in creating the non human characters of Starwars

In the original trilogy there are a large number of aliens throughout the film. Now days, the process of creating these creatures is shared by the writers, director as well as art, costume and other ...
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Why did the nature spirits not punish Arendelle instead?

After the events in the flashback, the spirits seal off the Enchanted Forest so nobody can get in or out. They are described as "angry" but although their relations with the Northuldra are presumably ...
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Book about a space war between humans and an invader previously prisoner of a Dyson sphere [duplicate]

It had: An AI that got its own planet An interplanetary train system, with portals on every planet An elf-like species that could travel through weird portals called "the paths" or something like it ...
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Why didn't the Northuldra take matters into their own hands?

King Runeard's dam was in some way a serious constraint on their way of life if not an outright existential threat. They were aware it had been intended to be such, and they were essentially at war ...
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Short story: Man gains X-ray vision, cheats at cards, sees a clot in his blood

I remember reading it close to 10 years ago: a man acquired the ability to see through objects. He used it to cheat at cards, and later, saw through his own flesh and divined a blood clot approaching ...
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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the crew find themselves in 1980’s San Francisco, and promptly realize that they are perceived as socially awkward. Kirk, in an apparent effort to explain the ...
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How come that, being submerged in his Bacta Tank, Vader can hears the voice of Vaneé from the outside?

In the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there is a scene at Darth Vader's castle on Mustafar where we can see Vader fully submerged in bacta fluid inside his rejuve tank. Then, after the announcing, ...
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Worf as a member of the house of Martok

In ST:DS9 5:21, Martok offers Worf to join the House of Martok: MARTOK: The House of Martok would be honored to welcome the Son of Mogh into our family.... as a warrior--and as a brother. Worf ...
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Captain Marvel faster-than-light movement and MCU Avengers:Endgame story timelines

Seems that she is able to choose at which point in spacetime she want's to appear, as she demonstrated bringing Ironman from 1000 lightyears away to earth in a snap. Is there in the canon anything to ...
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Is the Avery who is Snape's friend a relative of Avery who is in Tom Riddle's circle?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when Harry and Dumbledore are in Slughorn's memory they see see Tom Riddle with a bunch of other students in Slughorn's office. Among them are Lestrange and ...
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Do the Jovians in “Victory Unintentional” exist in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series?

In the book Foundation and Earth I think it is stated that no other alien life had been found in the galaxy that didn't originate from earth. However, in the story "Victory Unintentional", collected ...
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Fan fiction where Harry Potter is allergic to a potion

I’ve read a fic but I can’t remember what it was called where Harry is allergic to an ingredient in a potion and they only find out after a potion accident? Sorry my memory is very bad so sorry for ...
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Stargate dialing sequence [closed]

Stargate. One of my favorite things. And so, I have a lot of questions. First, when SG1 dial off world, the chevrons just glow. And when the SGC dial, the glyph ring just rotates. So when there's an ...
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Abydos: Dialing sequence done before? [duplicate]

Hold on, so Daniel found the seventh glyph, right? So, why did they do chevron 1-6 like they already tried before. I saw that they knew what they were doing, so why is the seventh chevron a mystery? ...
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Was Wilkins the vampire in “Trick 'R Treat”?

The TV Tropes page for the 2007 film, Trick 'R Treat repeatedly, (and rather insistently), states that the murderous fake vampire offed by werewolves is Mr. Wilkins, a character earlier introduced as ...
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Cartoon with kids with Mexican masks that can transform them into animals

A cartoon about kids that has Mexican (?) masks that can transform them into a specific animal depending on their masks if they touch that animal's icon that summons in a villain
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Would it be possible to create energy whips like that seen in Iron Man 2? [closed]

After watching Iron Man 2 over again I came to a realization at how awful the movie is but also how cool Whiplashes weapon is. I was wondering what kind of engineering would be needed to create a ...
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Story ID: plugging vacuum leak with one's butt

I'm certain this story was no later than 1980, and written in the 1950s-60s is probably much more like it. I'm pretty sure I read it in a collection rather than a magazine, but of course that could ...
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Book about a man with an alien cop that lived inside him, healed him when needed and chased a fugitive

I am looking for a book about an alien that lives inside a man. It heals him when need be. Takes place on a Pacific island. It is a sequel to a book of when the alien crashed on this planet. The ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

The Resident Evil series of movies and video games regularly features grotesque monsters created from the exposure of humans and animals to the T-virus/G-virus/C-virus. Obviously the way this is ...
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Do my eyes deceive me, or is this the basis for the train station in Vigrid (from Bayonetta)?

Today I came across an image of the train station in Antwerp, Belgium. I then looked for a zoomed-out photo. Both very strongly remind me of the one in Vigrid visited by Bayonetta in the game of the ...
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Why do the Star Wars computers have no security protocols?

There's a scene in the first Star Wars movie where an unauthorized R2D2 plugs itself in to the Death Star computer and knows everything whats going on - no passwords or security necessary. To quote ...
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What is the meaning of this picture?

In the song sequence at the beginning of Steven Universe Future we see this picture: What is it? It definitely isn't composed of scenes from the four episodes in the set. Is it a sort of montage of ...
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Harry Potter fan-fiction with young Severus Snape potion accident

I'm looking for a young Severus Snape fanfic I read. I remember that Snape was in potion class and someone added something to the potion; he tried to put up a shield to contain the explosion but the ...
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Movie with giant spider-like alien robots kidnapping people [duplicate]

Giant robots with an oval-looking head with a few of long legs (like spider) but bigger Lighting strikes down into the middle of the road and that’s how they came They climbed out and starting ...
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Stargate the film: Is Anubis in the movie?

Anubis is a god, right? Then why is the goa uld guard, who died because the ring transport cut off his head, why is he called Anubis? Am I even making sense? Is Anubis a goauld?
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Serenity: “Which, she would be sleepy” — why this line?

I have never understood this line. Why did Mr. Universe say this? Is it just some goofy thing or does he mean, perhaps, that after the huge fight, she would be tired? EDIT: Maybe it is just the ...
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Manga - Girl's parents die in a car crash, and she learns she can teleport between Earth and another world, encounters monsters and mercenaries

The protagonist is female. After her parents died in a car crash, leaving no will, her relatives try to take the fortune left. After going for a hike, she returns home and finds she can teleport ...
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How can Force abilities be strictly light side or dark side?

It seems to me that force abilities like force lightning or force jump or any of the others are just tools. How can they be innately good or evil? What if you use force lightning for a good cause, ...
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How many times does Dumbledore use the Pensieve in the films?

I wondered how many times the Pensieve is used by Albus Dumbledore in the films?
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Short story, Santa on another planet

I read this in an anthology perhaps twenty years ago. There's a planet and the Earth people use the natives as a work force (maybe mining for some element) but a bit of trouble arises. A supervisor ...
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Which TOS episode is that gif of Spock turning around and raising eyebrow from?

I'm looking for a Star Trek (the original series) clip where Spock slowly turns around and raises an eyebrow like in the below gif: Or this one. Could anyone help me find the episode of this or a ...
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SF Short Story Identification: “stupidity/apathy tax”?

I'm trying to remember a short story in Asimov's or Fantasy & Science Fiction or one of those digest magazines in the late 1990s or early 2000s (when I subscribed -- no later than 2008). In it, ...
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Before Darth Vader died in Episode VI did he revert back to the light side of the Force? [duplicate]

A colleauge and I are in disagreement. Before Darth Vader died in Episode VI did he revert back to the light side of the Force? I have aggressively argued that he did not as it was only a momentary ...

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