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Space Junk

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...

Maui Time-Lapse Video Lets You Stargaze Like Never Before

Posted 11.14.2013 | Science

It boggles the mind that someone gets paid to experience things like this first hand. Capt. Shahn Rashid of the United States Air Force works atop...

Visualizing Space Policy Failure

Azum Z. Ali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Azum Z. Ali

Space is one of the hardest global policy issues, and one where a failure of imagination can create irreparable ruin. For example, a 2007 anti-satellite missile launch by China created a debris cloud that will last for centuries.

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...

WATCH: Orbiting Telescope Has VERY Close Call With Old Spy Satellite

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/01/2013 02:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com A high-tech NASA telescope in orbit escaped a potentially disastrous collision w...

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 Must Move To Avoid Debris

AP | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Mission Control Center said Wednesday it dropped an earlier plan to move the International Space Station into a different orb...

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...

5 Things To Do In Denver This Week

Posted 09.17.2012 | Denver

What's got '80s star power, beauty, flavor, huge glasses and stays silent? Your list of things to do in Denver, of course! Stop by the Denver A...

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)...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Zero-G Junkyard

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.23.2012 | Science

You may think it's a bad thing that huge chunks of metal periodically fall out of the sky, but have you ever thought about the ones that don't come crashing down to Earth? That's right. There's an ever-growing amount of space junk in constant orbit around our little planet.

WATCH: NASA Developing Real-Life Tractor Beam

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 01.01.2012 | Technology

The term "tractor beam" may conjure images of a giant laser pulling Han Solo's Millenium Falcon into the Death Star in 1977's "A New Hope". But the...

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...

WATCH: Company To Attempt To Build Reusable Rocket

Posted 12.03.2011 | Technology

SpaceX, a private rocket and spacecraft maker, wants to put an "x" through space junk. Its own space junk, at least. The company, also known as ...