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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Did Falling Meteorites Injure 7-Year-Old Florida Boy?
Florida Boy Hit By Meteorites
November 27th, 2013
Don't write off Chicken Little quite yet! A seven-year-old boy in Florida may have been struck by small meteorite fragments that fell to the ground as he was playing outside over the weekend, family members said.
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Europe Explores Ideas to Clean Up Space Junk
ESA’s e.Deorbit
March 4th, 2014
e.DeOrbit adds to a growing list of proposals to get rid of space debris.
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Japan to Test Space Junk Cleanup Tether Soon: Report
Space Junk Currently Orbiting Earth
January 17th, 2014
Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports.
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High-Tech VASIMR Rocket Engine Could Tackle Mars Trips, Space Junk and More
Former Astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz
November 19th, 2013
VASIMR technology, which has been in development for 25 years, could dramatically cut travel times to Mars, clean up space junk and deflect dangerous asteroids, among other things, advocates say.
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Europe's Gravity-Mapping GOCE Satellite Faces Big Fall from Space
Artist's Impression of GOCE Satellite
October 11th, 2013
The European Space Agency's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE for short, is nearly out of fuel and will make a nosedive to Earth this month after more than four successful years studying the planet's gravitational field.
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Moon Express Unveils Private Lunar Lander (Images)
Moon Express Lunar Lander Headed to the Moon
December 5th, 2013
California-based Moon Express unveiled the blueprint of its MX-1 lunar lander today. In addition to delivering payloads to the lunar surface, the coffee-table-size MX-1 could also help service satellites and clean up space junk, officials say.
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