Tag: Space junk

Asteroid Defense Telescope Spots 'Empty Trash Bag' Orbiting Earth

Observatories tracking near-Earth objects spotted a space junk that looks like a plastic bag. While the object does not pose a threat to the planet, astronomers said its orbit is quite odd.

Space January 31, 2019

International Space Station Launches First Spacecraft To Clean Up Space Junk

The International Space Station launched RemoveDebris, created by Airbus and sent to the ISS by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The first spacecraft to attempt cleaning up space junk will carry out three experiments over the next several months.

Space June 25, 2018

Russia Constructing Powerful 'Space Laser' To Remove Some 500,000 Junk Items Orbiting The Earth

Russian scientists with Roscosmos are working on a laser cannon that will shoot down space debris. There are over 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth.

Space June 12, 2018

Debris Collector Launched Inside Falcon 9 May Help Solve Space Junk Problem

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is delivering more than just supplies and scientific equipment. It contains a revolutionary RemoveDebris collector that may be the ultimate solution to the Earth’s space junk problem.

Space April 5, 2018

India Loses Contact With Brand New Satellite: Will It Crash Like The Tiangong-1?

The Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with the GSAT 6A satellite, which was just launched several days ago. Will the GSAT 6A crash back to Earth just like the Chinese space station Tiangong-1?

Space April 4, 2018

Airbus Constructing Gigantic 'Space Harpoon' To Remove Rogue Satellites And Some 20,000 Junk Items

With rogue satellites and other junk floating in space, European firm Airbus is developing a harpoon to remove most of it. Airbus is currently testing the capabilities of the harpoon inside the company’s facility.

Space March 15, 2018

Chinese Scientists Want To Clean Up Space Junk By Blasting Them With Lasers

Space junk is a growing threat against satellites and spacecraft such as the International Space Station. To solve the problem, scientists from China suggested for the space debris to be blasted with lasers.

Space January 16, 2018

The International Space Station Will Soon Get A New Tool To Protect Itself From Space Junk

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will go on a resupply service mission next week to the International Space Station. Included in the cargo is the Space Debris Sensor, which will provide additional protection to the space station from space debris.

Space December 8, 2017

NASA To Study Tiny Space Debris Using New Sensor On ISS

The U.S. space agency is sending the Space Debris Sensor to the ISS to study dust-sized debris. The SDS will observe space junk that is smaller than a millimeter.

Space December 2, 2017

Robot Gripper With Adhesives Inspired By Geckos May Help Clean Up Space Junk

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

Space Debris Is A Growing Threat, Scientists Warn

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

NASA Saved Maven From Colliding With Mars Moon Phobos: Why Preventing Space Collisions On Earth's Orbit Is More Difficult

NASA was able to prevent the Maven Mars orbiter from potentially colliding with the red planet's moon Phobos. Here's why similar incidents are not as easily avoided around Earth.

Space March 6, 2017

Japan Launches Magnetic Tether To Clean Up Space Junk

Japan's space agency launched a magnetic tether that would clean up orbiting debris in space. About 100 million pieces of space junk pose threats to the International Space Station and satellites.

Space December 10, 2016

Space Junk Orbiting Earth May Trigger Third World War, Says Russian Scientist

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

Space Junk Into Motion: How Much We're Polluting The Outer Space [Video]

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

This Breathtaking Video Fits 60 Years Of Space Junk Into 60 Seconds

An astronomer at the University College London compiled a mesmerizing minute-long video that illustrates the 60-year history of chucking junk into outer space — all in less than 60 seconds.

Space December 22, 2015

Mysterious Space Junk WT1190F Falls Back To Earth As Bright Fireballs [Video]

After orbiting the Earth, WT1190F fell back to the planet and flew off the coast of Sri Lanka as expected. A re-entry video by experts who set up observation centers above the ground was able to capture the so-called space junk as it zoomed past the sky.

Space November 13, 2015

WTF Mystery Object To Hit Earth From Space On Nov. 13: Are We Doomed?

Astronomers predicted that the space object nicknamed "WTF 1190" will crash back into the Earth on November 13. Will it cause massive destruction when it crash-lands into the Indian Ocean?

Space October 28, 2015

Mysterious Fireball Seen Over Georgia: Meteor, UFO, Or Space Junk?

A bright light seen streaking over Georgia on Monday was speculated as a UFO, meteorite and space junk. NASA finally confirmed what this bright and colorful object is.

Space June 30, 2015

Space Station To Get 'Death Star' Laser Cannon To Deal With Space Junk?

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

Bzzzt! Scientists Want To Use Laser To Clear Space Debris

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

Russia Uncovers Strange Spy Satellites Disguised As Space Debris

The chief of Russia's Space Command announced the discovery of alleged spy satellites disguised as space junk orbiting above the country's territories.

Geek April 13, 2015

Cleaning Up Old Satellites And Space Junk Could Soon Be Done With Giant Fishing Nets

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

Need Storage Space? Clutter the Moon With Your Old Junk

Astrobotic is a new company offering the chance to send items to the Moon - could this be the start of hauling garbage to space?

Space December 12, 2014

What are CubeSats and why are they posing a hazard to other objects orbiting in space?

A new study by researchers at the University of Southampton warns that the influx of CubeSats into the Earth's orbit could eventually result in collisions with and damage to other objects there.

Geek October 1, 2014

Russian space trash blazes through Australian sky, gives beautiful show

Not a meteor nor an asteroid, but piece of Russian rocket creates cosmic light show over Australia. Twitter and YouTube awash in reports, video of dramatic fireball.

Space July 11, 2014

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