Japan's Launching a Giant Net Into Orbit to Scoop Up Space Junk

Something must be done to deal with the estimated 100 million bits of man made space junk circling the planet, and Japan is taking the lead. But can we do? Shoot it with a laser? Invent Wall-E-like robots to collect it? Nah… let's just blast a big net into space. Read More >>

Australia's Using Pop Radio to Track Space Junk

Space junk is a serious problem: it threatens satellites and spacecraft, and can plummet unpredictably to earth. Australia's Murchison Widefield Array is a high-sensitivity radio telescope that tracks space debris as small as 1 meter across, by observing how the objects reflect FM signals from Australian radio stations. It's listening to pop music from space. Read More >>

The International Space Station Will Execute an Evasive Maneuver Tonight

The International Space Station is executing an evasive maneuver in a few hours, following the protocol when there's more than a one in 10,000 chance of a space collision. Read More >>

Plan B: Blast 'Em With Lasers

Space junk is turning into a real nuisance. But if you simply can't recycle them, what's next? How about firing a massive laser at them? Read More >>

What It Feels Like To Get Hit By Falling Space Junk

We know that at least one person has been hit by space junk. Her name is Lottie Williams and she was hit by a piece of a Delta II rocket that fell to earth in 1997. Read More >>

A 6.5-Ton Satellite Will Fall To Earth Soon

The earth's orbit is a giant wasteland filled with space junk - about 20,000 pieces of debris that are four inches or larger. This space junk doesn't always stay in space; sometimes it falls back to earth. Read More >>


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