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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'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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Dead Satellite Will Fall Out of Space on Tuesday
An illustration of the 3-ton Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, which will fall to Earth on Tuesday, June 16, at 12:02 a.m. EDT to end its 17-year mission, according to NASA.
June 15th, 2015
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft is nearing its uncontrolled re-entry, diving into the atmosphere in a destructive plunge next week.TRMM was a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
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Doomed Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Will Fall Back to Earth Soon
A file photo of a Russian Progress 55 cargo ship leaving the International Space Station in July 2014. Russia's latest cargo ship Progress 59 launched on April 28, 2015, only to suffer a serious malfunction after reaching orbit. The U.S. Air Force has spo
April 29th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force has spotted 44 pieces of space debris near an ailing Russian Progress 59 cargo ship that malfunctioned after launching into space on Tuesday (April 28). See what the space junk sighting may mean for space station astronauts.
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Explosion of US Military Satellite May Endanger Spacecraft After All
Debris Cloud from DMSP-F13 Explosion
May 8th, 2015
The debris cloud spawned by the Feb. 3 explosion of the U.S. Air Force's DMSP-F13 satellite may endanger some spacecraft, a new study suggests.
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Space Junk Menace Becomes a Gamer's Dilemma in 'Habitat'
Habitat Game by 4gency
April 19th, 2015
Orbital debris is a menace – that's a fact. How to de-clutter space from human made junk is an on-going concern by numbers of countries. Space nets, laser blasts, garbage scows, giant foam balls - these and other techniques have been proposed.
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20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit
Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) Spacecraft
March 2nd, 2015
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
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NASA Satellite Falls Out of Space, Burns Up Over Tropics
An artist's illustration of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in orbit around Earth. The satellite studied Earth's rainfall for 17 years and was retired in April 2015. It burned up in the atmosphere on on June 16.
June 16th, 2015
A dead NASA satellite plunged out of space today and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere over the South Indian Ocean. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite fell from fell from orbit at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT).
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Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris
Space junk orbiting Earth.
April 30th, 2015
The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down space debris. This concept could eventually lead to a laser-firing satellite that could get rid of most of the most troublesome space junk orbiting Earth.
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Fishing for Space Junk: New Nets Capture Old Satellites (Video)
Weightless Net Testing
April 10th, 2015
European Space Agency scientists recently performed tests on a projectile net that will be used to capture loose space junk.
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