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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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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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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European Satellite, Out of Fuel, Will Plunge to Earth Next Month
GOCE in Orbit
October 23rd, 2013
Europe's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (GOCE) has run out of fuel and will likely die a fiery death in Earth's atmosphere about two weeks from now, officials say.
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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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