Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris Archive
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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).
14 July 2006, 06:30 AM ET
HOUSTON – Astronauts aboard NASA’s space shuttle Discovery will begin a final inspection of their spacecraft’s wings today in a first-ever hunt for any signs of impact from miniscule space rocks.
23 May 2005, 06:24 AM ET
In an unusual act of generosity, the Soviet space program has been showering valuable metal scraps on the villages surrounding the Plesetsk Cosmodrome for more than forty years.
13 September 2004, 07:00 AM ET
A report from the U.S. Defense Department says tests of space-based missile interceptors that could take place beginning in 2012 will create debris that could threaten the international space station, space shuttles and satellites in low Earth orbit.
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