space junk

How Can We Clean Up That Space Junk?

by Fraser Cain August 14, 2014

We’re total litterbugs. Here on Earth, and out in space. What are some strategies that have been developed to clean up all that junk in space and make it safer to explore? Fraser Cain on Google+

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How Could We Recycle Satellites For Newer Missions?

by Elizabeth Howell November 26, 2013

Space junk is an ongoing concern for NASA, the European Space Agency and many others. After satellites live out their useful lives in orbit, more and more the agencies are trying to either move them far away from Earth, or to have the satellites burn up in the atmosphere. That’s basically to preserve orbital slots […]

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Bazinga: Mysterious Earth Orbiting Asteroid Turns Out to be Space Junk

by David Dickinson September 26, 2013

Can’t find asteroid 2010 QW1 in the Minor Planet Database? No, the “Men in Black” didn’t secretly remove this Earth-orbiting asteroid from the listing… but recent top-notch detective work by astronomers did. The mystery of this object all started back on August 23rd of this year, when the PanSTARRS sky survey based on the summit […]

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The USAF’s ‘Space Fence’ Surveillance System: Another Victim of Sequestration

by David Dickinson August 14, 2013

Times are getting tougher in the battle to track space debris. A key asset in the fight to follow and monitor space junk is getting the axe on October 1st of this year. United States Air Force General and commander of Air Force Space Command William Shelton has ordered that the Air Force Space Surveillance […]

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Space Debris: A Tale of Two Satellites

by David Dickinson July 23, 2013

It’s sometimes tough being a satellite in Earth orbit these days. An interesting commentary came our way recently via NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office’s Orbital Debris Quarterly News. The article, entitled High-Speed Particle Impacts Suspected in Two Spacecraft Anomalies, highlights a growing trend in the local space environment. David Dickinson on Google+

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