Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
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.
14 December 2010, 08:06 AM ET
The growing threat of space junk to satellites and spacecraft may need a federal Superfund solution, a new report finds.
12 August 2010, 11:59 AM ET
The Perseid meteor shower may dazzle skywatchers during its peak tonight, but it poses no threat to astronauts in space, NASA says.
03 August 2010, 03:16 PM ET
Scientists are working to identify which bits of orbital rubbish to pluck from the heavens first. But a new study suggests they're fighting an uphill battle.
29 July 2010, 12:29 PM ET
NASA is tracking a piece of Chinese space junk that is headed uncomfortably close to the International Space Station and may force the outpost's crew to take shelter in their Russian lifeboats as a precaution.
27 July 2010, 02:17 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts have accidentally lost a tool in space while spacewalking outside the International Space Station early Tuesday.
26 July 2010, 05:21 PM ET
The huge European satellite Envisat is possible the most dangerous piece of space debris circling the Earth for the next 150 years, experts say.
20 July 2010, 05:20 PM ET
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat has successfully negotiated the passage of its out-of-control Galaxy 15 satellite across the path of its Galaxy 13 spacecraft with no signal interruption for its customers.
13 July 2010, 06:15 PM ET
Dealing with space debris presents a thorny political issue that must be addressed, according to an international foundation's brief to the United Nations.
07 July 2010, 05:11 PM ET
The so-called Galaxy 15 zombie satellite that lost contact with ground controllers on Earth in April is still adrift in space, with engineers keeping a close eye on the wayward satellite as it approaches two other spacecraft this month.
16 June 2010, 07:05 AM ET
NASA is assessing the risk to spacecraft posed by the upcoming 2011 Draconid meteor shower, a seven-hour storm of space rocks that has the potential to ding major Earth-orbiting spacecraft.
28 May 2010, 02:56 AM ET
A mystery object called 2010 KQ that buzzed the Earth in May is actually a piece of space junk, and not an asteroid, NASA says.
15 May 2010, 12:45 AM ET
The International Space Station may have to dodge space junk this weekend, making the planned Sunday docking of shuttle Atlantis a touch more complex.
09 May 2010, 09:54 AM ET
A slice of "Star Trek's" final frontier will warp into the visitor's center for NASA's Kennedy Space Center spaceport in Florida this June.
06 May 2010, 01:01 PM ET
The largest chuck of a meteorite that exploded over Wisconsin has been recovered by intrepid space rock hunters.
05 May 2010, 11:02 AM ET
An attempt to shut down the "zombiesat" Galaxy 15 before it can begin to interfere with other nearby satellites has failed.
04 May 2010, 01:28 PM ET
Zombiesats like the out-of-control Galaxy 15 satellite usually drift to one of two "gravity wells" that catch most defunct spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit.
03 May 2010, 05:44 PM ET
Space, a seemingly vast frontier, is actually pretty crowded with junk, and it's getting worse.
03 May 2010, 01:40 PM ET
The out-of-control satellite Galaxy 15 is posing a risk to other nearby communications satellites as it wanders from its former orbit.
28 April 2010, 07:22 AM ET
A UK firm plans to launch a prototype CubeSail nanosatellite next year that would deploy its own solar sail as an atmospheric brake to end its life.
10 April 2010, 03:16 PM ET
Space junk littered around Earth is a constant threat to astronauts, but a mostly invisible one to the space shuttle Discovery crew.
08 April 2010, 01:17 PM ET
A UK firm plans to launch a prototype CubeSail nanosatellite next year that would deploy its own solar sail as an atmospheric brake to end its life.
23 February 2010, 09:20 AM ET
The already untidy mass of orbital debris littering low-Earth orbit nearly got nastier last month when collision was averted between Chinese and European objects. But the space junk mess will get even messier without action, experts say.
12 January 2010, 05:15 PM ET
A weird object passing by Earth Wednesday is likely just a small, harmless asteroid, NASA says.
29 December 2009, 11:38 PM ET
The Top 9 Spaceflight Stories in 2009. 5 shuttle missions, a space program in transition and space tourism strides are just some of the top spaceflight stories of the year.
08 December 2009, 11:24 AM ET
NASA and DARPA have teamed up to take a look at tackling the problem of space junk in a major meeting this week.
01 December 2009, 04:16 PM ET
A tiny piece of a defunct Russian satellite zipped by the International Space Station Tuesday, but far enough away to pose no threat to the crew.
28 November 2009, 03:39 PM ET
The International Space Station won’t have to fire its thrusters Saturday to avoid a close call with chunk of a spent rocket that launched a comet probe 10 years ago, NASA officials said.
06 November 2009, 10:50 PM ET
A small chunk of space trash headed for an uncomfortably close pass by the International Space Station late Friday, but not close enough to force the astronauts aboard to take shelter in their Russian lifeboats.