Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
15 January 2012, 01:25 PM ET
Phobos-Grunt re-entered Earth's atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean.
15 January 2012, 12:23 PM ET
Exactly where the Mars probe Phobos-Grunt will crash is unknown.
15 January 2012, 12:00 PM ET
Stories, videos, photo galleries and more about the doomed spacecraft.
14 January 2012, 02:29 PM ET
Russia's doomed Mars probe Phobos-Grunt will fall to Earth between Jan. 15 and 16.
13 January 2012, 04:26 PM ET
At this point, nobody knows when or where Phobos-Grunt will land.
13 January 2012, 11:16 AM ET
A piece of debris from a 2009 satellite crash forced the maneuver.
13 January 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The growing threat of space junk is now starring in a 3D film.
13 January 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Phobos-Grunt is slated to re-enter Earth's atmosphere between Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.
12 January 2012, 04:00 PM ET
Regular people have started paying attention to orbital debris.
12 January 2012, 09:48 AM ET
See photos and image stills from the new 3D film "Space Junk."
11 January 2012, 05:45 PM ET
Phobos-Grunt is predicted to crash to Earth west of the island of Java.
06 January 2012, 10:46 AM ET
A French skywatcher has recorded what is likely one of the last videos of the falling Phobos-Grunt space probe.
05 January 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft should re-enter our planet's atmosphere Jan. 15, officials say.
04 January 2012, 12:02 PM ET
A new movie showcases the risks of orbital debris.
04 January 2012, 10:50 AM ET
Right now, orbiting the Earth, human-made space debris bits number in the 10's of thousands. And the threat multiplies, even if no new rockets are launched. The director of a new IMAX documentary speaks about it.
03 January 2012, 02:57 PM ET
Russia's failed mission to the Mars moon is set to crash back to Earth in early 2012. The potential debris area includes populated land masses. Probabilities weigh in favor of a water landing but there is no way to know for certain.
22 December 2011, 02:24 PM ET
Authorities don't know what it is or where it came from.
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.