The United States government has handed out its first-ever fine to a private company that left space debris in 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 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a rule that would limit the amount of time that rockets' upper stages stay in orbit.
Two big pieces of space junk almost slammed into each other in low Earth orbit, highlighting the need to clear up space close to home.
Firefly Aerospace launched the Victus Nox mission for the U.S. Space Force on Thursday night (Sept. 14), just 27 hours after receiving the liftoff order.
Greater efforts are needed to make valuable orbits sustainable, according to a new report from the European Space Agency.
Tiny devices on satellites could soon track small pieces of space debris that are invisible to existing space junk monitoring systems but capable of destroying spacecraft if they collide with it.
There's a lot of trash on the moon right now – including nearly 100 bags of human waste. But whose responsibility is it to clean it up?
Space debris is becoming a major issue for both private companies and space agencies. But estimates of how much troublesome litter is actually in orbit are daunting and tricky to make.
A three-decades old Soviet satellite has disintegrated in orbit some 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) above Earth, likely following a space debris strike.
Space junk could one day be snatched in orbit with a strong bag, if a new contract to test the technology ends up flying in space.
The International Space Station fired its engines for 21 seconds to move out of the way of space debris on Aug. 24, NASA officials said.
A Russian rocket body fell back to Earth near southern Australia on Monday night (Aug. 7), putting on quite a show for observers in the region.
Scientists have mapped the fiery descent of the Aeolus spacecraft back to Earth from its reentry over Antarctica to its wrekage strewn path over the Atlantic.
Mission scientists and engineers took on the tricky task of targeting a remote stretch of the Atlantic Ocean for the reentry of Europe's Aeolus satellite.
The mystery of a huge piece of space debris that washed up on a beach in Western Australia may have been solved by the Australian Space Agency.
Europe's Aeolus satellite crashed back to Earth Friday (July 28) in an unprecedented 'assisted reentry' that could provide a template for other missions.
The European Space Agency is guiding its Aeolus wind-studying satellite to a destructive atmospheric reentry this week. Here's when and where it's expected to happen.
This week, the European Space Agency will guide its dead Aeolus wind satellite back to Earth — but not in one piece.
Scientists will attempt a first-of-its-kind guided safe reentry to Earth's atmosphere with the European Space Agency wind satellite Aeolus as it heads home at increasing speed.
With a thumbs-up, NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg showed how space station astronauts use a Canadian robotic arm to safely throw away old space station equipment.