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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 ...

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...

Dead Satellite To Hit Earth In A Week

AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week. NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite clos...

Dead NASA Satellite Will Soon Fall To Earth, Probably Won't Hit Anyone

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — A dead NASA satellite will soon fall to Earth, but the space agency says there is very little chance that a piece of it will hit so...

Space Pollution Needs Solution

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.01.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up. That may mean...

I'm With Stupid: Running Out of Space to Put All Our Junk

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.12.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Way to go, people: We've done it again. Give ourselves a hand! We morons have gone and done something I would have sworn was impossible. We weren't c...

SPACE JUNK ALERT: Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter

Posted 08.29.2011 | Technology

(MARCIA DUNN, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The six space station astronauts took shelter in lifeboats Tuesday when a piece of orbiti...

Military In Space: Less Money, More Junk To Track

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 06.12.2011 | Technology

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The future of the U.S. military space program will include tight budgets, complicated demands and increasing threats from o...

WATCH OUT: Space Junk Threatening Space Station, 3 Residents

AP | By MARCIA DUNN | Posted 06.05.2011 | Technology

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A small piece of space junk drifted dangerously close to the International Space Station on Tuesday, prompting NASA to order t...

How To Get Rid Of All That Space Junk

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

How about a laser? One that is strong enough to nudge debris out of earth orbit. That's what NASA contractor James Mason wants to do, and his lab ...

Space Station Dodges Piece Of Space Junk

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station has steered clear of space junk. Flight controllers fired thrusters on the space station...

Red-Hot Piece Of Space Junk Crashes Through Retiree's Roof

Mail Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Pensioner Peter Welton was amazed when a piece of red-hot debris crashed through his roof in July. Now experts have confirmed the object had travelled...

The Strange Problem of Space Junk - And How It Threatens Our Way of Life

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

There is so much space trash that scientists are warning it could be poised to take out the satellites we depend on every day -- and trap us here on a heating earth.

Europeans Want To Clean Up Space Junk

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DARMSTADT, Germany — Researchers concerned about an increasing amount of debris orbiting the earth are calling for the active removal of space j...

NASA says space station safe from debris

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA gave the all-clear to the international space station Monday, telling its astronauts they would not need to steer aw...

International Space Station Crew Has Close Call With Space Junk

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The near-hit of space junk Thursday was a warning shot fired across the bow of the international space station, experts said. There...

Stanford Researchers: We Should Tax Space Pollution

Discover Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Now, Stanford University scientists believe they have a solution--though it certainly has a long path to approval, let alone implementation. They have...

TEXAS FIREBALL: Space Pollution May Be Falling On Dallas

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DALLAS — What looked like a fireball streaked across the Texas sky on Sunday morning, leading many people to call authorities to report seeing f...

Satellite Crash Debris Will Threaten Spacecraft For 10,000 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MOSCOW — The chief of Russia's Mission Control says clouds of debris from the collision between U.S. and Russian communications satellites will ...

Satellite Collision Focuses Attention On Space Pollution

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN and DOUGLAS BIRCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MOSCOW — U.S. and Russian officials traded shots Thursday over who was to blame for a huge satellite collision this week that spewed speeding cl...