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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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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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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Dealing with Space Junk: The Rocky Road Ahead
In-orbit Explosions
January 16th, 2015
More than 22,000 pieces of space junk at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide are now being tracked in Earth’s orbit. Cleaning up this mess — and preventing it from getting worse — will take a sustained international effort, experts say.
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Mock Satellite Destroyed to Study Space Junk Collisions
October 28th, 2014
A full-scale lookalike of a modern satellite was purposefully destroyed in a ground test chamber. The results of the blast are meant to help scientists better grasp the effects of space collisions.
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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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Power System Failure Eyed in US Military Satellite Explosion
Artist's concept of a Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) military weather spacecraft.
March 3rd, 2015
While investigators continue to study the dramatic Feb. 3 death of the DMSP-F13 satellite, signs currently point to failure of the power system aboard the spacecraft, which launched in 1995.
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