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Space Debris

Earth Orbit: Getting Crowded... Much Faster

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

For many years, I have been anticipating the start of a revolution in the satellite market, in which the majority of the satellites built and launched would be of the micro, nano, pico, and femto variety.

Old Satellite Forces Space Station Sidestep

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station had to sidestep a piece of space junk. NASA said Monday the space station had to dodge ...

WATCH: You Won't Believe How Much Stuff Is Orbiting The Earth

The Huffington Post | Gregory Fink | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

There's a lot of stuff floating around our planet, including dangerous space junk as well as working satellites. But scientists are floating some crea...

Space Debris Demands a Global Approach

Matt Desch | Posted 05.01.2014 | Technology
Matt Desch

While there is still more ground to cover, if we work together as a global industry, these immediate steps can help ensure a dramatic movie plot does not become our stark reality.

Tool For Space Debris Cleanup Faces Key Test

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agen...

Gravity: Let's Not Make the Movie a Reality

Bharath Gopalaswamy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Bharath Gopalaswamy

Besides some technical inaccuracies of orbital physics in the film, the big message in this movie is quite clear: space debris poses a grave challenge to routine space operations.

WATCH: Scientist Offers Surprising Fix For Space Junk Problem

Huffington Post | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

In the sci-fi flick "Gravity," slated to hit theaters on Oct. 4, debris from a satellite crashes into a space shuttle, leaving astronauts played by Sa...

PHOTOS: Mysterious Debris Has Really Cool Backstory

Posted 07.09.2013 | Miami

Two marine researchers kayaking in the Florida Keys on the Fourth of July came across a surprising find: a piece of space junk launched from over 2,00...

With Ecuador's Only Satellite Hit by Russian Space Debris, Liability Should be Established

Wang Ting | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science
Wang Ting

Ecuador's first and only satellite collided with a Russian rocket fragment last week, reigniting the debate over the need for an international organization that would monitor space debris and find those who ignored international norms liable for costs.

ISS Dodges Cosmic Bullet...Almost

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/02/2013 10:08 AM EDT on SPACE.com Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have dodged a cosmic bullet .....

Are Space Harpoons The Solution To Orbital Debris?

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science

BERLIN — Nets, harpoons and suicide robots could become weapons of choice to hunt down the space junk threatening crucial communications satelli...

Is THIS The Fix For Space Debris?

Posted 03.04.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 03/04/2013 05:08 AM EST on SPACE.com A proposed space-junk removal system would hop from one piece of debris to the...

Global Warming Gas Affects Orbiting Satellites & Space Junk, Study Shows

Posted 11.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 11/11/2012 02:30 PM EST on SPACE.com Rising carbon dioxide levels at the edge of space are apparently reducing th...

BOOM! Why Scientists Are Destroying A Spacecraft In The Name Of Science

Posted 11.06.2012 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 11/06/2012 10:09 AM EST on SPACE.com Work is underway to create a spacecraft that won't be rocketed into outer space ...

Shattered Rocket Creates Huge Cloud Of Space Junk

Posted 10.24.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 10/24/2012 05:55 PM EDT on SPACE.com Part of a failed Russian rocket broke apart in Earth orbit last week, creating hun...

Space Station May Need To Make Emergency Maneuver

Posted 09.26.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 09/26/2012 03:47 PM EDT on SPACE.com NASA is keeping a close eye on two pieces of space junk expected to whiz by the...

Military Agency Pushes 'Green' Plan For Cleaning Up Space Junk

Posted 07.26.2012 | Science

By: InnovationNewsDaily Staff Published: 07/25/2012 05:54 PM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily The U.S. military is moving along with plans to recycle ...

Dead Satellite May Be Space Junk For HOW Long?

Posted 05.12.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/11/2012 11:35 AM EDT on SPACE.com An enormous Earth-observing satellite that was officially declared dead in space W...

Space Debris Causes Scare Aboard Space Station

Posted 05.08.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 03/24/2012 01:53 AM EDT on SPACE.com This story was updated at 8 a.m. ET. A leftover piece of an old Russian satell...

Space Station Scrambles To Dodge Space Junk

Posted 05.08.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 01/29/2012 01:31 PM EST on SPACE.com The International Space Station fired its thrusters Saturday (Jan. 28)...

Why Are There 15,000 Pieces Of Junk In Orbit?

| David Wright | Posted 03.15.2012 | Science

Early in the Space Age, little thought was given to objects left in orbit as part of satellite launches. But as the number of those objects has grown,...

Space Station Moves To Dodge Softball-Sized Space Junk

AP | Posted 01.13.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- The International Space Station has moved up and out of the way of a softball-sized piece of space junk. NASA officials said debris f...

Colo. Colleges To Help Track Space Junk

Posted 12.25.2011 | Denver

The Air Force Academy's Center for Space Situational Awareness Research (CSSAR) has been awarded a nearly $800,000 grant to help track space junk that...

NASA Satellite Hits Earth, Space Agency Confirms

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN and KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — It's as big as a bus and weighs 6 tons, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellit...

Could You Get Hit By Space Junk?

Posted 11.22.2011 | Green

You may have heard that there's a one in 3,200 chance that you could get hit by space junk on Friday, when NASA's six-ton UARS (Upper Atmosphere Resea...