Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
21 December 2011, 05:24 PM ET
Flying in space is tough work, and these missions found out the hard way.
21 December 2011, 10:31 AM ET
A look at the most memorable events in spaceflight from 2011.
21 December 2011, 07:00 AM ET
A lot of spacecraft went up this year, and a few came crashing back down.
16 December 2011, 04:52 PM ET
End of a Shuttle era, on-orbit & launch failures, space station completion, and private space growth highlight an exciting year in spaceflight.
16 December 2011, 11:47 AM ET
Experts are predicting that Phobos-Grunt could fall to Earth in early January.
01 December 2011, 07:49 PM ET
A piece of metal debris has crashed through the roof of a Massachusetts furniture warehouse. The FAA is investigating what it fell from.
23 November 2011, 03:34 PM ET
A piece of safe debris is no longer a threat to the International Space Station or its three-man crew.
14 November 2011, 07:55 AM ET
According to Dr. Marco Langbroek ( the satellite performs "what is known to observers as a disappearance trick". The U.S.'s Lacrosse 5 satellite has a tendency to suddenly lose brightness. Russian space junk is also observed.
25 October 2011, 12:35 PM ET
The German ROSAT satellite fell to Earth over the Bay of Bengal, but it is not known if any pieces survived.
22 October 2011, 10:58 PM ET
The German ROSAT satellite broke up in the atmosphere when it fell to Earth today.
22 October 2011, 07:08 PM ET
The German ROSAT satellite is expected to fall some time tonight or early tomorrow morning.
22 October 2011, 02:33 PM ET
Germany's doomed ROSAT satellite shed 30 big pieces of debris when it falls from space this weekend.
22 October 2011, 02:41 AM ET
The German ROSAT satellite could fall to Earth today or Sunday.
21 October 2011, 06:02 PM ET
Skywatchers Ralf Vandebergh and Marco Langbroek snapped amazing views of the doomed satellite ROSAT.
21 October 2011, 12:25 PM ET
A dead German satellite will likely fall to Earth this weekend.
21 October 2011, 10:15 AM ET
See photos of Germany's falling ROSAT satellite, which will plunge to Earth in late October.
21 October 2011, 10:05 AM ET
It's unlikely that Germany's falling satellite will touch down on land, but the German space agency would be responsible for any damage compensation.
20 October 2011, 02:21 PM ET
Basic questions and answers about ROSAT, which is expected to crash to Earth this weekend.
20 October 2011, 01:31 PM ET
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has started a program called Phoenix, which aims to recycle pieces of retired satellites, using them to create new on-orbit assets.
19 October 2011, 10:45 AM ET
A German telescope called ROSAT is falling to Earth this weekend. Scientists say there's a 1-in-2,000 chance it will hit someone.
18 October 2011, 03:56 PM ET
The German space agency's satellite de-orbit will occur sometime between October 21 and October 24th. Up to 30 pieces of the spacecraft may survive re-entry. This animation takes a look at its current orbit and visualizes the burn-up.
18 October 2011, 10:22 AM ET
Don't miss the last opportunities to see Germany's falling ROSAT satellite in the night sky.
17 October 2011, 07:00 AM ET
About 1.6 tons of the 2.4-ton satellite will survive the plunge.
12 October 2011, 07:41 AM ET
Almost half of the 2.4-ton ROSAT X-ray observatory will survive re-entry and reach the Earth's surface.
05 October 2011, 03:52 PM ET
A dazzling meteor's light show gets a boost from an old Russian rocket piece.
02 October 2011, 06:00 AM ET
Was it the solar flares on the sun, Frankenstein's monster moon mystery or something else?
28 September 2011, 02:05 PM ET
A defunct German satellite is expected to fall to Earth in early November.
27 September 2011, 01:46 PM ET
The exact place and time where UARS fell are now known.
27 September 2011, 01:17 AM ET
See photos and images of NASA's falling satellite UARS, which will plunge to Earth on Sept. 23, 2011.
25 September 2011, 08:00 AM ET
A falling NASA satellite caught the interest of skywatchers and pranksters alike.
25 September 2011, 08:00 AM ET
Was it the satellite falling toward Earth, asteroids that may not have wiped out the dinosaurs or something else?
24 September 2011, 03:29 PM ET
It's harder than you think to determine where a piece of space junk falls.
24 September 2011, 09:31 AM ET
NASA officials are still trying to pinpoint where and when the dead UARS spacecraft fell.
24 September 2011, 07:28 AM ET
An amateur skywatcher in Blaine, WA captured a video of what seems to be remains of the doomed satellite on its final descent. cannot confirm the authenticity of this video. There are reports of hoax videos purporting to depict the event.
24 September 2011, 04:30 AM ET
The huge ISS shouldn't endanger people when it eventually falls in a guided deorbit.
24 September 2011, 03:35 AM ET
NASA's doomed Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell toward Earth today.