Astroscale just launched the first commercial space junk cleanup mission designed to locate and retrieve used satellites and other debris orbiting Earth.
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.
A U.S. weather satellite that retired eight years ago has fallen apart in orbit, breaking into at least 43 pieces, according to government representatives.
The International Space Station discarded a 2.9-ton pallet of used batteries on Thursday morning (March 11), the most massive object it has ever jettisoned.
"Space Sweepers," a South Korean science fiction film about space junk salvage crews, launches on Netflix on Feb. 5.
Technology that could help humanity get a handle on the growing space-junk problem will get an orbital test early next year.
AST & Science's planned SpaceMobile network could threaten the "A-Train" group of Earth-observing satellites, according to NASA.
SpaceX's next-gen Starship system may help clean up Earth orbit when it's not taking people and payloads to the moon and Mars.
As soon as he saw the data, Paul Chodas knew something was strange about the near-Earth object that had been designated 2020 SO.
Two big pieces of space junk are zooming toward a close approach that will occur Thursday (Oct. 15) at 8:56 p.m. EDT (0056 GMT on Oct. 16), according to California-based tracking company LeoLabs.
Artificial satellites from Earth have only populated space since 1957, but there are now hundreds of thousands of objects from our planet in orbit.
The more congested space is, the more contested it becomes, creating challenges for both national and global security.
An experimental mission to collect orbital debris is slated to launch this fall to test the deorbit performance of two identical satellites.
Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the lower orbit around the Earth has become an increasingly congested environment.
The Russian startup StartRocket is developing a "Foam Debris Catcher," a small, autonomous satellite that would snag and de-orbit space debris using sticky polymer foam.
Scientists aren't sure if space junk or a meteor caused a brilliant blue fireball seen across Western Australia.