A gecko-inspired robotic gripper can help NASA get rid of space junk. Astronauts at the International Space Station also have potential uses for technologies that are based on the feet of geckos.
Space June 29, 2017
Space debris that orbit Earth pose threats to satellites and even to astronauts stationed at the ISS. A robot gripper with adhesive inspired by the feet of the geckos may offer solution to the space junk problem.
Space June 28, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has raised concerns over the alarming rise of space debris. The junk scenario is posing a serious threat to many active satellites and other assets.
Space April 23, 2017
Scientists sound the alarm on space debris and their dangers on satellites and spacecraft. Find out, for instance, how protected the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit is.
Space April 20, 2017
A space junk cleanup mission conducted by JAXA has failed, which means dangerous debris are swirling around Earth. Over 100 million pieces of garbage-like rocket bits and cast-off equipment from old satellites have been dumped into Earth's atmosphere.
Space February 8, 2017
A YouTube video posted on June 3 shows a fireball mysteriously flaring near the International Space Station. The light cannot really be a fireball, as fire in itself cannot possibly exist in space due to lack of oxygen.
Space June 6, 2016
A tiny portion of the International Space Station window cracked because of a small piece of flying space debris. Do these space junk pose an immediate threat?
Space May 13, 2016
JAXA confirmed on March 26 that it has lost contact with its ASTRO-H or Hitomi satellite. Although the agency has yet to find out the satellite's current state, space experts have 'sleuthed' their way to finding out what happened.
Space March 30, 2016
Space junk may someday cause World War III, says a Russian scientist. The potential damage of these debris on military satellites may be misinterpreted by countries as deliberate attacks.
Space January 26, 2016
Vietnamese military seized three bizarre metal objects that fell from the sky for military investigation. Initial findings showed they are made from Russia and could be part of a failed satellite launch. Similar objects were also found in Turkey and Spain in November 2015.
Space January 9, 2016
A researcher at the University College London crafted a visualization which shows how much the Earth’s orbit has been cluttered with debris in the last 58 years. We highlighted the reasons for the growing pollution and some ways to keep it under control.
FUTURE TECH December 29, 2015
The mysterious fireball seen streaking across the night sky from California to Southern Utah was just debris from a Russian rocket reentering Earth's atmosphere. People seeking more information are advised to address their questions to the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Space December 26, 2015
Researchers from China have come up with an idea for a space engine that basically eats space junk and turns that space junk into fuel, boosting the engine forward.
FUTURE TECH December 4, 2015
The mysterious falling object WT1190F is flying down the skies and into the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists take this as an opportunity to learn more about how to predict where exactly falling objects land once they hit the ground.
Space November 13, 2015
Astronomers and other experts have begun conducting observations of the space object designated as WT1190F as it nears the Earth. They believe the piece of debris, which is set to hit the Earth on Nov. 13, provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out scientific studies on such objects from space.
Space October 27, 2015
Astronomers say that a massive piece of space junk called WT1190F will soon crash back into the Earth next month. The early discovery of the WT1190F has led scientists to compute its trajectory and predict when and where it will crash.
Space October 26, 2015
Several pieces of space debris from a European Space Agency rocket were spotted in the water by local beachgoers on Fort Lauderdale Beach in Florida.
Space August 4, 2015
Three astronauts were forced to take shelter aboard the ISS as a piece of an old Russian weather satellite went racing past. How close did the ISS come to tragedy?
Space July 16, 2015
Officials from NASA and the U.S. Coast Guard have warned the public about falling debris from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which exploded and broke apart minutes after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
July 1, 2015
Scientists propose using a high-power telescope teamed with a laser to identify and blast space junk that might threaten the International Space Station. Such as system would be inexpensive compared with other current proposals for dealing with space debris, they say.
Space May 18, 2015
After the explosion of a satellite earlier this year, a group of scientists have come to the conclusion that the leftover debris could be hazardous to other spacecraft and missions in orbit.
Geek May 6, 2015
NASA officials report that the out-of-control Russian Progress 59 capsule is expected to burn up in the atmosphere next week.
Geek May 2, 2015
A group of scientists proposed a system for eliminating smaller pieces of space junk. The group plans to use fiber optic laser, which could catch objects as small as a centimeter in diameter.
Geek April 18, 2015
Go fishing in space? Tests are under way as the ESA is considering using fishing nets for capturing space debris and clearing junk from busy orbit lanes.
Space March 25, 2015
The Dmsp-F13 satellite has exploded in orbit. What happened to this military weather satellite?
Space March 3, 2015
A robotic arm capable of catching objects in mid-air may provide significant advances for safety on, and above, the Earth.
May 14, 2014
Congress discusses possible solutions on how to deal with space junk. Concerns about a real-life "Gravity" incident continue to mount.
Space May 13, 2014
The International Space Station saw a pair of challenges this week, as they had to dodge space junk and a coolant failed. What could this say about the future of space travel?
Space March 20, 2014
Japan plans to use magnetic "net" to deal with the problem of space debris.
Space January 26, 2014
Residents of mid-western states reported fireball-like object sighting in the sky. Could it be meteor, space debris or an alien spacecraft in trouble?
Animals December 30, 2013
The GOCE satellite of the European Space Agency burned on its way back to earth. The debris of the spacecraft splashed into the waters near Falkland Islands.
Space November 12, 2013