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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Australian Fireball Caused by Russian Space Junk (Video)
Flaming Rocket Debris Over Australia
July 11th, 2014
Observers throughout southeastern Australia reported seeing a bright meteor streaking through the skies Thursday night. Experts have concluded that the fireball was caused by a piece of a Russian Soyuz rocket that launched Tuesday.
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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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Research Center Launched to Combat Space Junk Menace
Space Junk Orbital Clutter
June 24th, 2014
A newly formed international center will study satellite collisions and the countless issues regarding what to do about the menacing growth of orbital debris.
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Déjà Vu: Bright Fireball Explodes Over Russia (Video)
Suspected Meteorite Explosion Over Murmansk
April 21st, 2014
A super-bright meteor exploded over the northern Russian city of Murmansk early Saturday morning (April 19), a little more than a year after another airburst lit up the skies above Chelyabinsk, about 1,300 miles to the southeast.
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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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Clean Up Space Junk or Risk Real-Life 'Gravity' Disaster, Lawmakers Say
Space Junk Currently Orbiting Earth
May 9th, 2014
While the plot of the hit Hollywood film 'Gravity' is fictional, the United States must bolster efforts to address the alarming amount of space junk, or risk grappling with potentially catastrophic collisions with debris in orbit, lawmakers said today.
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