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Q&A If this earth were cube shaped would it be possible during Magellanic era using a float ship to figure out that the earth is cube shaped?

If this earth were cubed shape would it be possible for Magellan to prove that the earth is cube-shaped without going to space and looking at earth? It might seem strange to think that earth might...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mvr950‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A Exploration of a 50 mile high mountain

My friends and I are building a world with a 50 mile high volcano on it. The mountain is the result of some bored god deciding to play a joke on everyone. Or, some other god got angry and decided ...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Green‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Exploration of a 50 mile high mountain [duplicate]

My friends and I are building a world with a 50 mile high volcano on it. The mountain is the result of some bored god deciding to play a joke on everyone. Or, some other god got angry and decided ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Green‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Most Likely Way to Protect Against Infectious Disease When Visiting Other Planets?

In various science fiction works, we see our plucky heroes beaming down to, or flying down to planets other than their own. They meet with the inhabitants there, be they human or otherwise and then...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ralph Bolton‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ralph Bolton‭

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Q&A Exploring a world with chiral biochemistry: chirality detection

Space explorers have landed on an Earth like planet and, to their surprise, the place is luscious and covered in life, to the point of resembling some earthly tropical atoll. What they don't know ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Putting together a research expedition to an alien planet - what kind of scientists am I taking with me?

It's the 22nd century and we have discovered a derelict alien craft somewhere in the Oort cloud. The craft contains a star chart showing its origin on an alien planet some 30 light years away. Let'...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Faz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Faz‭

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Q&A Is it possible to place a permanent probe on Uranus?

Before anyone points the finger saying this is a tasteless joke, there are some actual good reasons to pick that specific planet for exploration among the giants in our solar system: Smallest mas...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Renan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Renan‭

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Q&A What could prevent a thriving civilization from exploring neighboring lands/continents?

first question here (but not last I think). I'm currently thinking about ideas I have to form the base of a book I'll then write, and I need some insights/knowledge about exploration. I'm looking ...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by OyuunKha‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by OyuunKha‭

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Q&A How long would could a mars rover remain intact?

The year: Sometime a long time from now The place: Mars Little Bobby Colonist is going to play out in sand dunes beyond the edge of the domed city where he lives. Terraforming efforts over the la...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by enpaul‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by enpaul‭

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Q&A What could prevent concentrated local exploration?

In my world there is a village with a hot spring, the only one on the entire island. The spring emerges from a local cave which has been filled / caved in by a past civilisation, since the water i...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Aliens in a 4D universe try to explore our 3D spacetime fabric: How can they do it?

They do not necessarily meet humans and try to interact with them. This question is more about the technical possibility/impossibility of 4D aliens being able to "analyze" the inner structure of ou...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A Colonizing the galaxy by slow boating reality check

Humans like to explore and seem to have an almost instinctual need to expand. After spreading throughout the solar system and even into the Oort Cloud they decided that humanity should follow the r...

15 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dan Clarke‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dan Clarke‭

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Q&A How primitive should the alien technology be to exchange knowledge and culture?

In almost every sci fi alien trope there will be a directive whereby one of the general order states no spacecraft may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society and is puni...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Why would any interstellar starship still bother with streamline body design?

Let's not debate whether is there any friction while traveling inside vacuum space and assume all ships can brave a perfect storm brewing inside the giant molecular cloud. OK let's get down to busi...

26 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Spiders In Space: How to design a space suit for an arachnid?

In my stellar empire, the sapient life of the home world are arachnids. Due to an oxygen-heavy world with certain evolutionary characteristics, spider-like beings developed intelligence and formed ...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by GuidingOlive‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by GuidingOlive‭

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Q&A How to broadcast Earth's position to someone in the future?

Using current technology, what could I do to optimize the odds of being located by time-traveling humans a thousand years from now? The accuracy must be such that they could "transport" me out of ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by imagoomba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by imagoomba‭

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Q&A How Would A Group of Undersea Explorers Survive if Their Food Supply Ran Out?

In my book series, a group of a few hundred explorers are sent from a planet called Ishgabangaloodoo to explore Sea World. Some things to know about Ishgabangaloodoo: Its citizens are referred t...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Instead of Earth as we know it, humans evolved on a slightly smaller, habitable earthlike planet with different geography. Due to the plot reasons, I would like to keep them confined to one (large)...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ijon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ijon‭

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Q&A Long-range observation in space

Explorers are in a spacecraft located 9 AU from a planet. Is it possible to detect fairly small objects (i.e. space stations, artificial satellites, etc., both powered and unpowered) using some sor...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by augmentedvarangian‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by augmentedvarangian‭

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Q&A How far would I need to go back in time to find an isolated island on our earth?

If you want to tell a story of a lonely island on earth, isolated from the rest of the civilization, how many years do you have to go back to be realistic? I think about a story about 350 people w...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Wolfgang Adamec‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Wolfgang Adamec‭

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Q&A How much life could our galaxy support?

Okay, so we are figuring out, that at least for how we are running things now, our Earth can fit about 10 billion people. We can probably raise if your economy distributed resources more efficientl...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A Exploring extraterrestrial oceans with submarines?

So, with all the recent discoveries and almost certainly true theories that a few of Jupiter and Saturn's moons could have a subsurface ocean, notably Enceladus and Titan, would an ~10 meter long s...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Azerus‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Azerus‭

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Q&A Could negative matter/energy exist in a stable state?

As in, could negative matter (N.B. not the same thing as antimatter) exist on the macro-scale as a solid, liquid or gas without the weird effects that cause it to repel normal matter and possibly v...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A What is the smallest planetary mass that can prevent 'me' from flying off into space?

I have a series of astronauts landing on an asteroid. I'd like to know the threshold of mass for them to not fly off into space. Specifications: Assumption is all astronauts are under 180cm, 80...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mikey‭

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Q&A Reasonable way to determine orbital parameters in an unknows stellar system

After traveling a long long time, your spaceship is finally entering into the gravitational sphere of influence of a Sun-like star. Your captain would now like to move from the Oort-like cloud dist...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A What would hinder the exploration of an alien outpost?

Let's say the dots on Ceres are abandoned alien outposts. Within the next 40-200 years humanity manages to send a team of research scientists to the location. The scientists quickly found a way ins...

14 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by CausticHarmony‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by CausticHarmony‭

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Q&A When could space travel (including FTL of any kind) and other tech be common?

I'm looking for some data to create my own sci-fi setting, but I want to base it on real world as much as possible. Also, I don't want to come up with any arbitrary year like 3290 with no backgroun...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Forien‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Forien‭

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Q&A Logistics of manned Europa exploration?

It is 2057 and a manned mission to Europa has been comissioned in the prospect of further exploring the ecosystem and energy signatures of Europa. Unlike the implied unnmanned probe, this mission ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by InterstellarTK‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by InterstellarTK‭

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Q&A How to put up road signage for wormholes?

Set in year 2615 A.D. humans have colonized nearby star systems, we can travel between different star systems using artificial wormholes. A spaceship leaving Solar system for Alpha Centauri have to...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How to build a "cloud city" in a gas giant?

Another question made me remember this. Consider a sizable base (building, station) in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet. It should hold a staff of a couple hundred, with supplies and scientifi...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A How can I tell if stone age aliens are sapient?

Let's say I have been chosen to evaluate whether or not alien worlds contain sapient life before we terraform them. Just assume that we learned to work together and live as a species in peace, trea...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Can we land on a planet with methane-oxygen atmosphere?

If there is a planet whose atmosphere consists of : 30% methane 70% oxygen Then, can we land on it? If yes, then how, and why would it not explode? Also, can such a planet exist for a long time?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by dryairship‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dryairship‭

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Q&A How large would an orbiting structure have to be to be largely unexplored after 100 years?

For as long as recorded history, the Earth has had two moons - religions were based around the interactions of these two bodies in the heavens, they were worshipped, feared and romanticised. Then ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Moo‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Moo‭

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Q&A How can I get a very large air bubble floating under Europa's ice?

I hope this isn't a stupid question ("just add air"). I would like my intrepid explorers to have drilled through the ice of Europa and into the water without creating a geyser (they plugged the ho...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Mikey‭

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Q&A Alien exploration : drone digging earth crust

I was thinking of potential planet explorations, by extremely advanced alien species, through automated drones (or "flying laboratories") scanning and analyzing the planets. (By "extremely advanced...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Strannch‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Strannch‭

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Q&A How to navigate without magnetism?

Suppose a team of explorers touched down on an Earth-like planet which do not generate its own magnetic field and there are always a thick layer of cloud covering the sky at all time. My question i...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A An interplanetary coordinate system

On earth, we use a simple but effective coordinate system which determines position unambiguously on the surface (GPS achieving accuracy within 1 meter, which speaking as an engineer, is a remarkab...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Neil‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Neil‭

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