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Questions tagged [astronauts]

Astronaut literally means "space traveller" - it is an English word which can be used to describe anyone who travels beyond the atmosphere of a planet, but it is usually attached to individuals (or those in small groups) who travel into a local orbit around their homeworld.

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Kids's science fiction, 60s-early70s, moon worms

This was an illustrated children's science-fiction book I read in the early 1970s, but had a very 1960s feel (thinking back now). There were a couple of astronauts on the moon. Somehow they got into ...
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Short story about astronaut who finds God’s experiment [duplicate]

I read this story in the late 60s/early 70s. It’s about a lone astronaut who lands on a planet (I think) and sees plants, like in a garden but each plant is minutely different than the ones around ...
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identify “hard” science fiction short story astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter, was radio drama

In Canada and the United States, FM and AM rebroadcasts of "old" science fiction and fantasy short stories can be heard. Please identify the following short story: The radio program ends with a live ...
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Short story about an astronaut who comes back to earth and lives a few seconds in the future?

What I remember is that this astronaut comes back to earth and for some unknown reason lives (experience time I should say) 13.6453837 seconds (I don't know this number exactly) in the future. So he ...
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Looking for a science fiction short story involving a spaceship, a flower(?) and astronauts

The story goes more or less like this: A spaceship arrives in the solar system and a small crew of astronauts is sent to investigate. Inside, they find something that resembles a flower. All of the ...
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Story ID: the Apollo 11 astronauts return to earth in modern day…

I read a synopsis somewhere about a story (maybe a comic) where the Apollo 11 astronauts (Armstrong, Aldrin, etc) return to Earth in modern day without having aged. Questions arise, so who're the real ...
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An old cartoon about an astronaut who lands on a planet, fights dinosaur-like aliens, then dies at sun down

I found this single video, but someone has overdubbed it with music from No Man's Sky and possibly appears to have altered the title in the video. I can't find reference to it anywhere using any sort ...
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short story about astronauts who enter a black hole and witness the death of the universe [duplicate]

I was listening to a podcast called Exploration, which is hosted by Professor Michio Kaku. He mentioned a short story about astronauts who fall into a black hole and live long enough to witness the ...
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Movie about an alien probe that burns astronauts trapped on a planet

I am looking for an old B-rated science fiction movie. All I remember are the astronauts are trapped on a planet, and there is a stationary alien probe that burns them every time they get near it. ...
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Why aren't the humans wearing environmental suits in Star Wars spacecraft?

When NASA sends astronauts to space, they have to wear uncomfortable suits. Why aren't the humans in Star Wars spacecraft doing the same thing? What technology do they have on board that remove this ...
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Help i.d.'ing a sci-fi read ca. 1966, re- a pink “thing” that entered a psych-astronaut's mind?

The plot had to do with "astronauts" who travelled to other worlds telepathically rather than physically. On one such exploration, the protagonist encountered a big pink "thing," which somehow sort ...
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Why does the MAV tip over, but the astronauts do not?

They were simply walking through the storm. If storm was strong enough to move the MAV, humans who are a lot lighter should've just flown away, no?
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With all of love

I'm looking for a short story I read 20 years ago about a lone astronaut traveling to the edge of our solar system and back. At the edge of the system he felt waves of love and telepathically ...
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Short story where astronauts find a star to be the source of “evolution”

A group of astronauts is set to explore a distant and interesting star. They do a few experiments, one of which is to expose some guinea pigs (or other kind of rodents) to the star's light. The crew ...
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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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Short story about an astronaut that has to harvest/collect the body fluids of an alien for a panacea

Short story read in the 60's or 70's, an astronaut has to enter an alien ship and collect the tears/sweat? of an alien to use as a wonder drug for humans. The alien has some sort of presence which ...
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Looking for the name of a graphic novel about an astronaut who crashes on a planet with limited water

I am looking for the title of a graphic novel/comic book series probably from the 1970s or 1980s where an astronaut's ship is dragged through a wormhole and crashes on a planet that has little water. ...
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Unknown alien movie - Astronaut has sex with twins, chest-bursting fun ensues

So, this astronaut comes back home from a mission on which he's unknowingly picked up some alien, you know, basic stuff. Except he then has sex with two women, sisters, possibly twins... I think it ...
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Group of astronauts discover grass growing on the Moon

I saw a movie a few years ago about a group of astronauts who discovered grass growing on the moon. Unfortunately, that's as much as I know for sure. I believe it also involved the following: One of ...
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Looking for the title of a sci-fi story about astronauts using their knowledge of evolution to figure out they're in a space zoo

I read it back in junior high, and google isn't helping. EDIT: Someone pointed out how ambiguous that is. Sorry. I would have read it about a decade ago, but I think it's from the seventies. From ...
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Trying to locate a story about deep space astronauts appearing back on Earth

I don't have much details, read the story a long time ago, but the gist is - in a deep space expedition, astronauts became homesick to such degree - they were able to transport back to earth through ...
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Story about a dying man on an asteroid, accompanied by a robot/android

Sometime between seventh and eighth grade I stumbled upon a story which stuck with me, even though I forgot the title and the author. As far as I can remember, the story went that this astronaut/...
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Looking for title/author of a story about two astronauts that crash on the moon

The book was titled PLANETS, or THE PLANETS. It was written by a man before 1950. I believe his first name may have been George. The story I am most interested in is about two astronauts that crash on ...
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Short story takes place as a rescue mission on an unnamed (I believe) planet with Medusa as the only resident

I read this short story as part of a college class on mythology in the 80s. Not sure of the publication date of story, author, title, etc. The gist of the story is a rescue mission has been sent to a ...
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Astronaut is freed from mind parasite when he leaves Earth's gravity well

In the late 90s I read a short story (probably written much earlier) in which an astronaut on a mission to Mars is surprised to discover that he has spent his whole life with an invisible and ...
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What 50s/60s movie had an astronaut who came back to earth as a pock-marked “radiation monster”

I remember seeing this movie in the early 1960's. As I recall, an astronaut was launched into space, the spaceship was lost and he was presumed dead. But he had actually gotten back to earth and had ...
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Watching “Gravity” reminded me of a short story I read in the 60s, but can't place now

I thought it was by Heinlein or Brown, but if it was I can't locate it online. The plot was aboard a spaceship, or maybe a space station, when an accident sends the astronauts spinning out of ...
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Looking for title of story in which astronauts outside their ship slowly drift apart in space

Looking for a short story in which the crew of a spaceship for some reason find themselves outside the ship, drifting apart in outer space. They can communicate via their radios but are individually ...