Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
06 November 2009, 02:15 PM ET
The chief of U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday that America needs to step up its game in monitoring the orbital debris that's up there and planning to avoid collisions with valuable satellites.
06 November 2009, 01:13 PM ET
A piece of space junk will fly uncomfortably close to the International Space Station late Friday and may force astronauts to take shelter in their Russian lifeboats.
02 November 2009, 11:02 AM ET
Packed with garbage from the International Space Station, the first HTV cargo freighter met a fiery demise over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, punctuating an historic chapter in the Japanese space program.
30 October 2009, 04:33 PM ET
Japan’s first space cargo ship cast off from the International Space Station Friday as it nears the end of its maiden voyage.
29 October 2009, 04:45 PM ET
A piece of space junk orbiting Earth has forced NASA to tweak the planned Friday departure of Japan’s first cargo ship to the International Space Station.
07 October 2009, 08:50 AM ET
Serious challenges lie ahead to curb space junk, ones that are exacerbated by the rise of small satellite launches and debris removal techniques that mimic anti-satellite systems.
12 September 2009, 10:37 AM ET
New images depict man-made objects bigger than 4 inches (10 cm) orbiting Earth -- some 19,000 by the latest count.
04 September 2009, 11:40 PM ET
The sights and smells of real spaceflight can be surprising for rookie astronauts.
04 September 2009, 06:33 PM ET
The 13 astronauts aboard the International Space Station and shuttle Discovery took some time off Friday.
04 September 2009, 11:18 AM ET
A piece of rocket debris passed close by the International Space Station Friday, but not close enough to pose a threat to the spacecraft or its crew.
04 September 2009, 12:52 AM ET
Spacewalkers installed a new ammonia coolant tank on the International Space Station Thursday.
03 September 2009, 12:48 PM ET
STS-128 Mission Updates: Part 1
03 September 2009, 11:28 AM ET
Spacewalkers will head outside the space station Thursday secure in the knowledge that their spacecraft won't have to dodge space junk.
02 September 2009, 03:49 PM ET
NASA may order the space shuttle Discovery and space station to dodge space debris on Thursday.
19 May 2009, 09:39 PM ET
Engineers believe the shuttle Atlantis' heat shield is in good shape.
19 May 2009, 09:18 AM ET
There is growing appreciation that outer space has become a trash bin, with the Earth encircled by dead or dying spacecraft, along with menacing bits of orbital clutter - some of which burns up in the planet’s atmosphere.
13 May 2009, 05:45 PM ET
Astronauts have just arrived at the Hubble Space Telescope, which puts them at an altitude with a higher-than-usual risk from flying space junk.
30 April 2009, 01:34 PM ET
NASA has taken steps to reduce the heightened risk of space debris to its Hubble-bound astronauts.
29 April 2009, 10:40 AM ET
The space around Earth is becoming more cluttered by the day with orbital junk.
25 March 2009, 12:28 PM ET
Science fiction writers weigh in on how to solve space debris problems.
10 March 2009, 02:49 PM ET
Junk created by the collision of two satellites last month is poised to fall into Earth's atmosphere this week.
06 March 2009, 04:54 PM ET
New space junk from a satellite collision poses an increased risk to the upcoming space shuttle flight.
26 January 2009, 04:33 PM ET
Russia is downplaying the potential risk of a leaky nuclear-powered satellite.
23 January 2009, 05:02 PM ET
When satellites start falling from space, there are options to help them die.
24 November 2008, 05:08 PM ET
Launchspace is keen on trying to find new ways to battle the bits of space flotsam.
09 November 2008, 11:41 AM ET
It's time for a space traffic management system, some experts say.
26 June 2008, 06:55 AM ET
Material from Earth’s first billion years may remain in moon meteorites.
19 March 2008, 06:54 AM ET
Some wacky ideas could help to clean up the junkyard of space.
03 September 2007, 07:00 AM ET
China to take steps to mitigate space junk spawned by its rockets and satellites.
04 June 2007, 02:15 PM ET
Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the International Space Station last Wednesday afternoon to install protective panels.
15 May 2007, 01:45 PM ET
If you could salvage all of the material that human beings have left on the moon, you could open a fairly substantial junkyard.
21 February 2007, 03:40 PM ET
A mysterious explosion and expanding cloud of space debris is attributed to Briz-M rocket booster from a Russian Proton rocket launched a year ago.
02 February 2007, 03:39 PM ET
The flotsam created by China’s anti-satellite test last month is on the radar screens of space debris analysts, as well as space policy experts.
18 September 2006, 03:39 PM ET
A preliminary look at heat shield images relayed to Earth Monday from NASA's space shuttle Atlantis have turned up no apparent damage from orbital debris, mission managers said.
16 August 2006, 11:42 AM ET
Following a recent demonstration of a 10-dish element of the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), the United States Navy has signed off on a $1.5 million agreement to use the array along with another 10-dish installation to be developed in the near future.
04 August 2006, 10:30 AM ET
During more than seven years of operations by the International Space Station (ISS), approximately three dozen pieces of debris were released and subsequently cataloged by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN).