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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?

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No

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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