Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
22 September 2011, 12:00 AM ET
The October Draconid meteor shower could be damaging to spacecraft and satellites.
21 September 2011, 08:15 PM ET
Scientists won't be able to determine where pieces of the UARS satellite will fall until two hours before impact.
21 September 2011, 01:09 PM ET
NASA's falling UARS satellite could offer a unique skywatching opportunity for anyone lucky enough to see it.
21 September 2011, 12:53 PM ET
You're about a million times more likely to get struck by lightning than a falling satellite, rocket stage, or other space debris.
21 September 2011, 11:44 AM ET
Updated animated analysis of the break up of the the 6 ton, bus-sized UARS satellite. It likely will burn up at an altitude between 80-45 kilometers, with an estimated 26 pieces of debris re-entering our atmosphere for land fall or splash down.
21 September 2011, 10:17 AM ET
French astrophotographer Thierry Legault recorded a video of the tumbling NASA UARS satellite falling to Earth.
20 September 2011, 05:44 PM ET
Using a 14 inch telescope in Northern France, amateur astronomer Thierry Legault was able to capture the UARS satellite while still on-orbit, a few days prior to its fateful meeting with the Earth's atmosphere.
20 September 2011, 01:12 PM ET
SPACE.com's Clara Moskowitz talks to CNN about the doomed UARS satellite which is currently on course for burn up and re-entry on September 23. Estimates show a 1/3200 chance for human casualty.
10 September 2011, 09:01 AM ET
This animation shows the orbit that the doomed satellite is on and the corresponding 2-D ground track. It illustrates where on Earth debris could fall - which is practically all inhabited areas - when it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.
09 September 2011, 04:06 PM ET
The risk of injury from falling space debris is very remote, according to NASA.
09 September 2011, 12:29 PM ET
A list of frequently asked questions about space debris and falling space junk.
09 September 2011, 11:40 AM ET
NASA first mission dedicated entirely to understanding the chemistry and dynamics of the ozone layer was placed in orbit by Space Shuttle Discovery in 1991. UARS helped climate researchers understand the Earth's upper atmosphere.
07 September 2011, 02:09 PM ET
NASA will hold a briefing Friday to discuss the impending fall from space of the UARS satellite.
02 September 2011, 04:08 PM ET
Low-Earth orbit could be free of big pieces of space junk within 12 years.
05 August 2011, 03:48 PM ET
Altius' "Sticky Boom" could grab satellites at a distance and reel them in.
11 July 2011, 09:50 AM ET
A chunk of a Soviet-era satellite won't creep too close to the linked Atlantis and station.
10 July 2011, 05:18 PM ET
NASA is tracking a potentially threatening piece of space junk that could fly close to the space station and shuttle Atlantis.
01 July 2011, 11:29 PM ET
From the brightest object ever found to private space taxis, it was a busy week in space.
29 June 2011, 08:05 AM ET
More than 500,000 pieces of space junk bigger than a marble orbit Earth.
28 June 2011, 09:23 AM ET
The space junk flew by the space station at 8:08 a.m. EDT as the crew sheltered in a Soyuz.
26 May 2011, 06:23 AM ET
Spaceships and satellites can encounter stormy "seas" of debris, radiation and electromagnetic fields. Europe's space situation awareness program is anchoring new technologies and procedures to keep spacecraft afloat.
13 May 2011, 08:02 AM ET
The hazard of space debris is very real, so much so that DARPA has a report on how to deal with it.
09 May 2011, 08:17 AM ET
Experts are sounding the alarm about the threat of space junk in the near future.
26 April 2011, 06:34 PM ET
Skywatchers who have yet to spot NASA's NanoSail-D satellite, take heart -- the little spacecraft will be aloft for a few more months yet.
14 April 2011, 04:30 PM ET
Pentagon's swift telescopes watch out for the watchers.
05 April 2011, 06:06 PM ET
As the solar cycle ramps up, astronauts may well have more potentially dangerous encounters with space debris.
05 April 2011, 03:25 PM ET
NASA now says, debris from a Chinese weather satellite won't endanger the International Space Station crew today.
05 April 2011, 12:58 PM ET
A piece of an old Chinese satellite will pass the station this afternoon.
01 April 2011, 07:19 PM ET
A space traffic accident only begets more such accidents.
22 March 2011, 11:12 AM ET
Working together would prevent space debris collisions and misunderstandings between nations.
17 March 2011, 03:42 PM ET
Ground-based lasers may be the key to managing the space junk menace.
15 March 2011, 06:03 PM ET
Two satellite companies have announced a new deal to launch the first spacecraft to refuel other satellites in orbit.
10 March 2011, 10:55 AM ET
Hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk clog the corridors of orbit around Earth.
02 February 2011, 10:16 AM ET
The upcoming official strategy for protecting the nation's space assets will likely have a military focus.
29 December 2010, 05:17 PM ET
Intelsat's "zombie" Galaxy 15 satellite that spent months adrift in orbit recently came back to life by resetting itself after an unprecedented malfunction.
23 December 2010, 11:44 AM ET
What began as a minor trash problem in space has now developed into a full-blown threat.