Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
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.
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.