Space Junk

tech-science

Watch Scientists Torch a Satellite to Help Protect People From Space Debris

Burning up satellite parts in laboratories could help reduce the amount of space debris that impacts Earth.
Becky Ferreira
6.18.19
Space Junk

A Defunct Soviet Venus Probe Will Crash Into Earth After Decades in Orbit

Skywatchers say Kosmos 482, which was designed to withstand the harsh environment of Venus, will likely land on Earth intact.
Becky Ferreira
2.26.19
Space

Scientists Want to Monitor Space Debris from Warming Russian Arctic

A MIPT team is building prototype observatories over the coming weeks in Amderma, Nenets Autonomous Region.
Becky Ferreira
11.19.18
Motherboard

Watch This Net Capture Orbital Space Debris for the First Time in History

Not only does the net look cool as hell, it’s addressing a major problem for the future of space exploration.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.19.18
rave in space

Astronomers Are Annoyed at a New Zealand Company That Launched a Disco Ball Into Orbit

The Humanity Star is a poetic and entirely useless satellite. For astronomers, however, it’s a pain in the ass.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.25.18
Art

A Piece of Space Junk Has The Best, Most Existential Twitter Account

An art project imagines what a piece of space junk would say if it could talk back to Earth, and to other decommissioned satellites in orbit.
Samantha Cole
12.15.16
Twitter

You Can Adopt a Piece of Space Junk and It Will Tweet at You

‘Adrift’ aims to raise awareness about the dangers of space debris by allowing you to watch, listen and adopt the junk in orbit.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.21.16
Canada

This Canadian Helped Humanity Fly To Pluto

Frédéric Pelletier navigated the spacecraft from Quebec City.
Elizabeth Howell
7.1.16
Space

How the UN’s Top Outer Space Boss Will Fight Space Debris

Asteroids, space weather, flying junk: David Kendall has his work cut out for him.
Elizabeth Howell
6.30.16
uk

We Need to Clear Up Space Debris to Make Way for the Small Satellite Boom

With the influx of CubeSats, lower Earth orbit is going to get very busy.
Victoria Turk
11.25.15
Space

Researchers Are Turning to Game Theory to Tackle Space Debris

Removing space debris is important for securing safe satellite missions.
Emiko Jozuka
10.29.15
nasa

A Mysterious Piece of Space Junk Is Headed for Earth, and Astronomers Are Stoked

An unidentified piece of space debris originating from beyond the Moon is giving astronomers the rare chance to observe an object on a collision course with Earth.
Rachel Pick
10.25.15
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