Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
17 January 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports.
05 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
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.
27 November 2013, 03:20 PM ET
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.
19 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
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.
10 November 2013, 11:00 PM ET
A rundown of some of the biggest spacecraft to smash into Earth beyond their operators' control.
23 October 2013, 04:10 PM ET
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.
11 October 2013, 12:04 PM ET
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.
02 October 2013, 01:31 PM ET
Swiss Space Systems plans to launch a new private space plane carrying the space junk-cleaning satellite CleanSpace One by 2018, and the launch just might lift off from North America.
01 October 2013, 05:49 PM ET
High-speed debris from satellite explosions could cause a catastrophic chain reaction, as seen in the movie "Gravity."
30 September 2013, 01:30 PM ET
The vast amount of manmade debris in orbit around Earth is untenable, but emerging and currently available technologies could be used to get this space junk under control.
23 September 2013, 11:17 AM ET
The European Space Agency's gravity-mapping GOCE satellite will begin falling from space in mid-October as it runs out of fuel, following a successful four-year mission. The GOCE satellite measured Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail and generated gra
12 September 2013, 01:14 PM ET
A gravity-mapping European satellite nearing the end of its fuel supply will make an uncontrolled plunge back to Earth, likely in October, AFP reported. Most of the satellite will burn up in the atmosphere, but a quarter of it likely will survive reentry.
29 August 2013, 08:04 AM ET
No matter where you look in the air, outer space and within the info-ether of cyberspace, these are congested, contested and competitive environments.
13 August 2013, 12:40 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's decision to shut down a key component of its Space Surveillance Network will weaken the service's ability to accurately detect and characterize objects in Earth orbit, experts say.
10 August 2013, 11:07 AM ET
The comet fragments that cause the stunning Perseid meteor shower represent just a fraction of the interplanetary leftovers that collide with Earth all the time. Scientists trace smaller bits of meteoric dust to learn about the atmosphere.
15 May 2013, 02:12 PM ET
There is no evidence that the launch was an anti-satellite test, experts say.
02 May 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Space station astronaut Chris Hadfield snapped a picture of a small puncture wound in one of the space station's solar arrays.
01 May 2013, 01:56 PM ET
NASA's $690 million Fermi Space Telescope narrowly a head-on crash with a dead Russian satellite on April 3.
25 April 2013, 05:40 PM ET
The world needs to get serious about removing debris from orbit.
25 April 2013, 02:24 PM ET
Experts have estimated that there are 29,000 objects 10 cm or larger orbiting Earth. Only 7 percent are working satellites. The European Space Agency is looking at ways to mitigate the threat.
24 April 2013, 12:00 PM ET
The 6th European Conference on Space Debris is being held this week in Germany.
22 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Important cultural artifacts aren't restricted to our home planet, researchers say.
12 March 2013, 07:00 AM ET
It would likely be tough for Russia to prove its case in court, experts say.
09 March 2013, 08:50 AM ET
The January incident is the fourth known case of an active satellite being struck by orbital debris.
08 March 2013, 07:38 PM ET
A fragment of the Chinese Fengyun 1C weather satellite, destroyed on purpose in 2007,damaged the Russian nanosatellite BLITS on Jan. 22, 2013.
08 March 2013, 05:25 PM ET
The Russian nanosatellite was struck on Jan. 22 by space junk from China's 2007 anti-satellite weapon test.
08 March 2013, 05:21 PM ET
On Jan. 22, 2013 debris from a Chinese anti-satellite test collided with a Russian satellite called BLITS.
08 March 2013, 05:20 PM ET
The shootdown of the spy satellite USA-193 sparked talk about the graveyard of outer space, which is crowded with some 17,000 spent rocket stages, dead or dying satellites and countless crumbs of human-made orbital flotsam. An average of one object has re
08 March 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Millions of pieces of space junk swarm around the Earth.
08 March 2013, 05:00 PM ET
See our collection of space debris images and some far-out ideas to clean it up.
05 March 2013, 07:01 AM ET
A new proposal would establish a European space junk-surveillance program.
01 March 2013, 02:51 PM ET
The European Union is funding research and developing technology to remove debris from decommissioned satellites, launch 'left-overs', and collisions in space. This video looks at the EU's approach to collecting space junk.
01 March 2013, 02:20 PM ET
The proposed spacecraft could hop from one piece of junk to the next without burning much fuel.
31 January 2013, 06:30 AM ET
The Sunjammer will help test out technology that could be useful for space weather forecasting and interstellar travel.
28 January 2013, 07:01 AM ET
The Iridium-Cosmos crash and the Chinese anti-satellite test are still being felt.
25 January 2013, 01:39 PM ET
A new video serves as a progress report for DARPA's Phoenix program.