A Chinese rocket body broke up in orbit after launching on Friday (Nov. 11) and is now in more than 50 pieces, adding to the threat of space debris in Earth orbit.
The amount of trash in Earth orbit, from spent rocket stages, broken satellites and micrometeoroids, is growing. Scientists are working on methods to combat the threat of space junk and orbital debris collisions.
The heads of NASA and the European Space Agency have issued statements condemning the latest example of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket booster falling to Earth in an uncontrolled reentry.
A 23-ton rocket body from China's launch of a Long March 5B rocket has fallen safely into the south-central Pacific Ocean after creating questions over where it will come down once again.
A huge hunk of Chinese space junk is expected to crash back to Earth on Friday (Nov. 4), but nobody knows exactly where or when it will come down.
A large Chinese rocket stage predicted to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere on Friday (Nov. 4) has been imaged by an orbiting satellite.
It's important to start taking action against space junk now, experts say, because Earth orbit is only going to get more congested.
The Long March 5B rocket expected to launch China's Mengtian module on Oct. 31 will likely fall back to Earth uncontrolled a week or so later.
A cargo ship attached to the International Space Station fired its thrusters for five minutes Monday night (Oct. 24) to dodge a fragment of the destroyed Russian satellite Cosmos 1408.
Changes in Earth's atmosphere resulting from climate change are working against efforts to clean dangerous debris out of orbit around Earth.
The U.S. Space Force seeks to ramp up its 'rapid launch' capabilities with a pair of task orders supporting a 2023 mission devoted to assessing orbital threats.
NASA engineers are firing micro-bullets at squares of anti-meteoroid shield material that will protect a Mars sample return orbiter during its journey back to Earth.
The growing weaponization of space poses a threat to human spaceflight in multiple ways, experts warn.
Recent work by NASA and Congress seeks new solutions for space debris, which has been a U.S. government priority amid anti-satellite testing and the rise of satellite megaconstellations.
Researchers are working to come up with ways to mitigate the space junk problem, one of which would use fabrication concepts to reduce the size of debris pieces that make it to Earth.
The FCC opened a new inquiry Aug. 5 focusing on how space manufacturing may help the fight against space debris — or hinder it.
Officials with SpaceX are going to Australia to examine a crash site possibly associated with space debris generated from the Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft.
Some pieces of the big Chinese rocket that fell to Earth over the weekend have been found on the ground in Southeast Asia.