Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris

The amount of trash in Earth orbit, from spent rocket stages, broken satellites and micrometeoroids, is growing. Scientists are working on methods to combat the threat of space junk and orbital debris collisions.
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WATCH LIVE @ 7:30 pm ET TONIGHT: 'Rediscovering Pluto' Webcast
New Horizons Views Pluto in False Color
November 19th, 2015
You can take a tour through the history of Pluto exploration tonight (Nov. 19) at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT on Nov. 20), courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Nov. 14, 2015
Trident Missile Test by Tinsley
November 15th, 2015
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.
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Weird Space Junk Falls to Earth on Friday the 13th: Watch It Online
The discovery images of space object WT1190F, which falls to Earth on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. These images were captured on Oct. 3 by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona.
November 13th, 2015
An unknown space object will crash through our atmosphere the morning of Friday, Nov. 13 — and a Slooh webcast will show the first observations live after it re-enters off the coast of Sri Lanka.
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Gobbling Up Space Debris: A Pac-Man Approach Proposed
Space Debris 'Pac-Man' Solution
July 28th, 2015
A team of engineers has been at work for the past three years to develop a space cleanup satellite. The intent is to eliminate threatening, human-made orbital debris. The worry is not new – there’s lots of clutter to pick and choose from.
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'Fireball' Over US Southeast Was Probably Falling Space Junk (Video)
Space Junk Re-entry 'Meteor' on June 29, 2015
June 30th, 2015
The mysterious, multicolored sky light blazed up at 1:29 a.m. EDT Monday and was witnessed by skywatchers from Alabama to North Carolina — and by six NASA meteor-observing cameras. But this was no meteor.
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'WTF' Space Junk Meets Fiery Demise as Scientists Watch (Video)
Space Junk WT1190F Burns Up
November 13th, 2015
The mysterious space junk WT1190F fell from the sky this morning, and scientists had a flying, ringside seat as the object burned up in multicolored fireballs.
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Falling Space Junk Will Burn Up In Earth's Atmosphere Next Month
Space Junk Graphic
October 27th, 2015
The object, which is known as WT1190F, is expected to enter Earth's atmosphere on Nov. 13 above the Indian Ocean, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Sri Lanka. The impending impact poses little risk to people, experts say.
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