This question - although asking about an on-topic work of sci-fi, the question is purely based on a real world question. Should this question be closed as off topic for seeking "Scientific Explanations", or should it be deemed on topic due to the work it's about?



The question here is "How long would the astronauts on the ISS have survived? And what would they have died from?" which seems to be asking from an out-of-universe perspective. That makes it off-topic since we only deal with fictional universes.

The issue of astronaut survival sounds exactly the sort of thing that Space:SE deal with, so it's worth prodding the user in that direction with a comment, albeit their question isn't migration-worthy.

Had they asked "How long did the astronauts on the ISS survive? And what did they die from?", that would be perfectly acceptable.

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    I don't understand the difference between the two questions you have suggested as on/off-topic, one seems to be that past tense of the other?
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 5 '17 at 22:22
  • @Edlothiad - One is asking how long they would survive in the real world, the latter is asking how long they survived in the fictional world of Rick and Morty.
    – Valorum
    Feb 5 '17 at 22:26
  • Ah I see now, thanks. Would it be acceptable to edit the question to get it re-opened?
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 5 '17 at 22:32
  • @edlothiad - It would not only be acceptable but positively encouraged.
    – Valorum
    Feb 6 '17 at 9:15

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