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Where is this triangular-shaped space station from?

This is Space Station Delta from the Japanese series Ultraman Tiga (1996), obviously part of the Ultraman franchise. Specifically, the shot is taken from episode 7, timestamp 1'55: For the record, it'...
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What exactly *is* a "Deep Space" station?

"Stations that were positioned on the edge of the Federation border (like Deep Space K-7) or, in the case of Deep Space 9, in neutral territory close to the Federation border, were labeled as Deep ...
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Book or movie where sudden depressurization leads to "blood spatter" which turned out to be ketchup

This is from the book version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are differences between the movie and the book, and the scene in question is immediately before Dave disconnects HAL. In the movie, Dave ...
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Space station commander previously a hostage in an embassy

I believe you're recalling the Ben Bova novel The Peacekeepers (1988). (Which was partially based on the novella "Battle Station" (1987) which sticks in my mind more strongly for some ...
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Why was 'Space Station V' in Low Earth Orbit?

Low Earth orbit is the most efficient place to locate a transfer station. The greatest difficulty in launching spacecraft is getting them into stable orbits around the Earth. The reason for this is ...
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Short story aboard a space station where a martinet destroys the air plant

QRM - Interplanetary by George O. Smith I googled "air plant" robots clean "short story" and the technovelgy.com page for "Martian Sawgrass" came up, where it is ...
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What happened to Zathras when Babylon-4 disappeared back in time?

According to the (canon) comic In Valen's Name, Zathras remained a loyal and true companion to Sinclair throughout the Minbari-Shadow War, acting as liaison between the Minbari and Entil'Zha as well ...
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Identify this SciFi setting - Void with a single space station

Pretty sure this is the Expanse series, also currently being adapted into a TV show. The first book, Leviathan's Wake, contains an alien virus found in the solar system. The third book, Abaddon's ...
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How would the Supremacy's size compare to the second Death Star?

This diagram shows the (approximate) relative sizes of the Supremacy, Death Star I and Death Star II as well as various other large Imperial craft such as the Executor. You may wish to note that the ...
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Why was 'Space Station V' in Low Earth Orbit?

Space Station V hosted a range of facilities including an orbital Hilton Hotel. It was used as a transfer point, sure, but the majority of people on board seem to be tourists (who are presumably ...
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TV comedy about crew of low Earth orbit space station

I believe this is Astronauts, a 1981-1983 UK television comedy series that aired on ITV. IMDb description: Mattocks, Fost and Ackroyd are Britain's first three astronauts. They must live in small, ...
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Book about a single human growing up on a space station devoted to trade?

Retread Shop, by T. Jackson King It suddenly came to me in a flash. Putting it here in case I forget again.
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In the movie interstellar, how far was Cooper station from Saturn?

Cooper Station was in orbit of Saturn. “Cooper Station,” the doctor said. “Currently orbiting Saturn.” Given that humanity now has gravity-control technology and reactionless drives, there's ...
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Sci Fi dystopia about a space station orbiting a post-apocalyptic earth

Barring some minor discrepancies, this is most likely The 100 (2013) by Kass Morgan. From Goodreads: No one has set foot on Earth in centuries—until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, ...
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Book or movie where sudden depressurization leads to "blood spatter" which turned out to be ketchup

As Andrew has stated in a comment, this is strongly reminiscent of a scene from the 1990 World War II film Memphis Belle, about a United States Army Air Forces B-17 bomber crew on their last mission ...
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Why just human staff on Babylon 5?

At one point someone, presumably Delenn, stated that the central idea of a meeting place dedicated to diplomacy is the sort of thing that only Humans would think of - everyone else, from the Drazi to ...
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How would the Supremacy's size compare to the second Death Star?

I'm not sure if this is correct but here goes: -The second Death Star was 200km wide, assuming "wide" means diameter -The supremacy had a width of 60.5km (60,542.68 meters) This is what a scaled ...
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SciFi / Fantasy Crossover - Trying to identify a book I read in the 90's - Magic, Robots, Witch, Space Shuttle, Parrot

A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper. 1993. Abasio, a farmboy who is being pursued by vengeful gang members, meets Orphan, who is herself being pursued by the minions of Witch. Witch is convinced ...
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Why was 'Space Station V' in Low Earth Orbit?

The transportation model in "2001" consisted of reusable winged shuttles from ground to a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) station, then transferring to LEO-to-lunar-surface shuttles. This kind of model was ...
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Movie about Chinese nuclear satellite threatening a US space station

I believe this is the 1971 movie 'Earth II' - the plot includes the Chinese nuke being disabled by spacewalkers. Link to the Wikipedia entry for it is here
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Short story with a piano player on a space station who plays a bunch of old songs and, when asked why, claims he was "possessed by a ghost"

This is reminiscent of the closing pages of Fool's Run (1987), by Patricia McKillip. It's a novel, not a short story, but the timing is right: The night before you and I first talked. He was in here ...
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A Christian Science Fiction Series Kind of Like Tom Swift?

This is a bit of a longshot, but some of your elements match Splendini! by Scott Pinzon. The main protagonist, Dave Scott, is a budding magician who styles himself as The Great Splendini, and one of ...
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Book: Starts in a scavenger pod cleaning up earth orbit

I believe you're recalling the opening chapter of Existence (2012) by David Brin. Gerald Livingstone works in a one-man pod attached to a space station: Gerald floated in a crystal shell, perched at ...
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Movie about Chinese nuclear satellite threatening a US space station

It's not a great match, but you might be thinking of the 2000 movie Space Cowboys (IMDB) starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner. A Russian satellite goes off ...
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Short story aboard a space station where a martinet destroys the air plant

This is "QRM - Interplanetary" by George O. Smith, first published in 1942 and collected into Venus Equilateral which has been republished several times.
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