Space by Egantx7

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VenguswamyK
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Runner(s)-Up:

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Quiz Description

A followup to the quiz "Time".

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Questions:

This author wrote the 1982 novel Space, which tells the largely fictionalized account of the rise of NASA, ending with the tragic, wholly fictional Apollo 18 mission. Name this author, largely of historic fiction, who won the 1948 Pulitzer in fiction for his Tales of the South Pacific, which was the basis of a famous Broadway musical.

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James Michener

Which song, released on 11 July 1969, includes the lyrics:

I'm stepping through the door

And I'm floating in a most peculiar way

And the stars look very different today

For here

Am I sitting in a tin can

Far above the world

Planet Earth is blue

And there's nothing I can do

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Space Oddity

One early episode of this cartoon series (first aired in 1991) was entitled "Space Madness", which ended with one title character putting the other title character in charge of a bright red "history eraser button", which that character eventually pressed, ending all of reality. Identify this series, the title characters of which were voiced by Billy West and John Kricfalusi.

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Ren and Stimpy

This 17th century philosopher-polymath spent some time fighting with Newton over the nature of space, largely arguing that space was not absolute, based on his the principle of sufficient reason and the identity of indiscernibles. Identify this man who also got into a kerfuffle with Newton over his independent invention of calculus.

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Gottfried Leibniz

NASA has many facilities throughout the country, but in terms of science personnel, this facility is the largest. Abbreviated "GSFC". and named for an important figure in early American rocketry identify this facility, NASA's chief design facility, located in Greenbelt, Maryland. (We'll take the person it is named for ... we don't need the whole name).

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(Robert H.) Goddard (Space Flight Center) (edited at 5:29 pm, August 3, 2017 (CDT))

One song with this title, released in 1994 by Jamiroquai opens with the lyrics:

Everything is good and brown

I'm here again

With a sunshine smile upon my face

My friends are close at hand

And all my inhibitions have disappeared without a trace

Another song, from 1973, with this title, opens with the lyrics:

I told you 'bout living in the U.S. of A.

Don't you know that I'm a gangster of love

Let me tell you people that I found a new way

And I'm tired of all this talk about love

And the same old story with a new set of words

Identify the common title of these two songs, which is NOT the title of the song with these lyrics:

Cause I'm a picker

I'm a grinner

I'm a lover

And I'm a sinner

I play my music in the sun

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Space Cowboy

Seven of the sculptures in this series were marble, while the remaining nine were bronze casts. When some of the bronzes in this sculpture group were imported to the US, they became the subject of a legal case because non-representational art was not considered art, triggering an attempt to place a tariff on the sculptures. Identify this series of sculptures created in the 1920s and 1930s by Romanian-born French sculptor Constantin Brâncuși.

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Bird in Space

While not the first to do so, this native of Turin wrote, in his 1795 treatise Theory of Analytic Functions, that space and time could be considered mathematically unified. This man discovered a special case solution to the three-body problem. Name this man who lent his name to those special solutions as namesake points in space of gravitational equilibrium.

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Joseph-Louis Lagrange

NetFlix will be relaunching which cult classic scifi TV series in 2018, with Parker Posey taking over the "Special Guest Star" role originated by Jonathan Harris? Gary Oldman played Harris' role in the 1998 film of the same name.

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Lost in Space

Name and number required. On 14 February 1990, this spacecraft took the photograph today known as "The Pale Blue Dot", a picture of the Earth taken at over 6 billion kilometers away, where Earth was slightly less than one pixel in size. This spacecraft was launched on 5 September 1977, and could have become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto had an investigation of Titan not had a higher priority. Currently over 20 billion kilometers from Earth, name this spacecraft (including number) that is the furthest object from the Earth.

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Voyager 1

This film was released in June 1986, and was more or less universally panned simply because it was released when it was released, The main action of the film begins when Max, played by Joaquin Phoenix, wants desperately to go to space, something that becomes a reality when the robot Jinx arranges for a thermal curtain failure during an engine test. Identify this film with a cast that included Kate Capshaw and Tom Skerritt.

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SpaceCamp

Which author, in 1978, originally wrote:

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

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Douglas Adams

Which 1983 Oscar-nominated film closed with a narration which ended with the words: And for a brief moment, Gordo Cooper became the greatest pilot anyone had ever seen.. This was the film for which recently deceased playwright Sam Shepard earned an Oscar nomination for playing Chuck Yeager.

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The Right Stuff

Latin or English names accepted. This southern hemisphere constellation was thought to be part of Centaurus by the ancients who could see this constellation from Egypt. An imaginary line passing through the alpha and gamma stars allow one to use this constellation in a manner analogous to a single star in Ursa minor. Identify this constellation, part of which can be found on the flags of Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa, and even gets a shout out in the national anthems of Australia and Brazil.

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Crux (Cross or Southern Cross)

A version of this substance developed by Whirlpool, was developed for the Apollo missions, but because it did not meet with approval (for reasons of both taste and that it created too many crumbs), it never flew on any Apollo era missions. Identify this freeze-dried substance which originally came in four varieties, that sounds very cool and is available in many science museum gift shops, despite the fact that it was rejected for space flight.

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ice cream

Who wrote the following as the opening to a 1980 book?

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

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Carl Sagan