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Story in which a stranded astronaut is saved by a golden humanoid, and later realizes that it could have killed him

"Passerby," a short story by Larry Niven. (As Joe Fromm suggested in a comment.) First published in Galaxy Magazine (September 1969). I first encountered it in the Niven collection All the ...
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70s/80s scifi movie: astronauts return to future earth

The scene with the Coke can is in The Philadelphia Experiment (around 19m 40s into the movie). The two guys were US Navy sailors from the 1940s caught up in an experiment which sent them to the ...
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Short story about two guys on a spaceship, but one of them doesn't believe he's on a spaceship

The Yellow Pill by Rog Philips. it starts in a psychiatrist's office where the psychiatrist is about to see a patient called Jerry Bocek who shot and killed several people claiming they were aliens. ...
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Short story about an astronaut who keeps meeting a version of himself from a different time, possibly by Isaac Asimov

I would guess you're remembering Lem not Lev, and this is the seventh voyage from The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. The protagonist Ijon Tichy is trapped in a time vortex and keeps meeting copies of ...
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Short story about an astronaut who comes back to earth and lives a few seconds in the future?

I believe this is "Man in his Time" by Brian Aldiss, which involves a man out of time-sync with the rest of his family, and as the following quotes illustrate, causing a lot of trouble for his family. ...
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'80s sci-fi novel about about an astronaut returning to Earth to find it devoid of human life

I believe this is Portal by Rob Swigart, originally published as an interactive novel in 1986, and then as a hardcover novel in 1988. The synopsis for the interactive novel mentions the astronaut ...
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Short story about two astronauts exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet

Let me quote my (unaccepted) answer to an old question, which I think was asking about the same story: You may be thinking of "Environment", a 1944 short story by Chester S. Geier, first ...
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Short story about an astronaut dying while saving the Earth from missiles

This is Heinlein's "The Long Watch" (1949); the hero holes up in the missile magazine to prevent them being taken over by a would-be coup. Because they can starve him out, he decides he ...
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Sci-fi movie where astronauts arrive on a desert planet and disappear one by one

This sounds like an "Outer Limits" episode, The Invisible Enemy. Not a movie, but the time period is in the ballpark and the episodes were black and white. Captain Buckley has a vision ...
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Looking for a science fiction short story involving a spaceship, a flower(?) and astronauts

That’s “A Momentary Taste of Being” (see also) by ”James Tiptree Jr” (a pseudonym for Alice Sheldon, whose death was as you describe). Overcrowded Earth sends out an expedition searching for a ...
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Short story about astronaut who finds God’s experiment

"Hobbyist" (Eric Frank Russell, 1947) is a close match, except that the notes describe humanity as "moderately successful". You can read the full story at the Internet Archive. See ...
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Short story about a space shuttle seeing a city of lights on the Moon

Could be "City of Lights" by Tim Vicary: From this link: A young pilot Cathy Fox has lost her job. She is said to be seriously ill. But Cathy tells a completely different story. Last year ...
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Kids' science fiction, 60s or early 70s, moon worms

That figure sounds like Matt Mason and this link confirms there was a tie-in book with moon worms: The writing is iffy at best but wildly, and I mean WILDLY imaginative: moon rabbits, moon worms, &...
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short story about astronauts who enter a black hole and witness the death of the universe

First, let me transcribe the relevant portion of that podcast starting around 00:24:20: Well, yet another proposal being circulated that I personally think is promising is the ramjet fusion engine. ...
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"Hard" science fiction short story where astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter. Was also a radio drama

Sounds like James Gunn's "The Cave of Night" as per this review The Cave of the Night' (1955) (15 pages) 3.5/5 (Average): Reverdy L. McMillen, the first man in space, is the new media sensation! ...
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Returning astronauts. Mandated race mixing after race wars

Could this be Ghost by Piers Anthony? This novel is set in a near-future dystopia where the earth is suffering from an energy shortage so severe that the world government has attempted to slow ...
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Short story I read years ago (1971?) about a planet of machines that find a stray American astronaut

"Lost Memory" by Peter Phillips, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1952, available at the Internet Archive. Looks like a duplicate of Robots on planet with no humans until a ...
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An old half remembered scene from an unknown movie/TV show where two astronauts are fighting inside their ship

It might be Android (1982) In 2036, an android named Max 404, and his creator, Doctor Daniel, reside aboard a remote space station. Although Max is a machine, he has a growing interest in all things ...
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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've never seen this animation before, but Google's reverse image search was able to identify it as a Soviet short film called Хозяева Геоны, released in 1991 or 1992.
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"Hard" science fiction short story where astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter. Was also a radio drama

I agree it's 'The Cave of Night' from X minus One, and perhaps also made in Dimension X. It was told in first-person from the perspective of a reporter working on the story of the brave astronaut who ...
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Movie about an alien probe that burns astronauts trapped on a planet

This is a bit of a long shot. But, the part about burning astronauts trapped on a planet sounds like Mission Mars starring Darren McGavin from 1968. It has an alien entity which burns the astronauts ...
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Radio drama astronauts returning from the moon to a nuclear war on earth

You're thinking of Rocket from Manhattan, which appeared on the Lights Out radio show. Rocket from Manhattan is set in the future some 55 years hence; the date is 20th September in the year 2000. The ...
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Sci-fi movie with lost astronauts, ending with the phrase “let’s see what’s out there”

I think you may be thinking of an alternate ending to Disney's The Black Hole (and a bit of Star Trek: The Next Generation) In the original theatrical film, The Black Hole ends with In several ...
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Why aren't the humans wearing environmental suits in Star Wars spacecraft?

In the case of the X-Wing pilots, for a spacesuit to do any good it would have to survive the explosive destruction of your ship intact and then be able to keep you alive until you were rescued. The ...
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Looking for a short story where once the astronauts stop believing things exist they disappear

Thanks to @Dragan Milosevic I think that is the short story I was thinking of, Ray Bradbury's "No Particular Night or Morning" Hitchcock and Clemens are part of a rocket's crew, traveling ...
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What 50s/60s movie had an astronaut who came back to earth as a pock-marked "radiation monster"

When a kid I saw a film with that plot, First Man Into Space. It starred Marshall Thompson, who later played "Daktari" in TV show of that name. At the film's end Thompson asks the captured man/...
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