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Space Invaders, IRL: Japanese startup to zap space junk with ground-based laser beams!

EX-Fusion is an Osaka-based startup with a plan that's as audacious as it is ingenious: zapping spa…

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Scientists want to use a self-consuming rocket to help control the space junk problem

Researchers at the University of Glasgow announced they've designed a rocket engine that eats its o…

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Billionaires going to space aim to industrialize the moon, asteroids, and Mars. It's time to set some ground rules.

Billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have huge plans in space, but there are no laws or regul…

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Can you name these new space trash constellations? 10 new signs highlight consequences of space garbage

Each of these ten "trash constellations" represent a different consequence of space pollution. "The…

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Meet LignoSat, the world’s first wooden satellite that is set to orbit the Earth by 2024!

Crafted from magnolia wood and resembling a coffee mug in size, this innovative satellite offers nu…

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In a first-ever for space junk, Dish Network was fined $150,000 for leaving a retired satellite to orbit indefinitely in the wrong place

Dish left a satellite in the wrong disposal orbit, the FCC said, noting it was the first enforcemen…

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NASA is investigating where a chunk of metal that smashed into a Florida house came from

Most space debris burns up as it enters Earth's atmosphere, but a homeowner in Naples, Florida, wit…

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A dead Russian spacecraft almost collided with a NASA satellite. The crash could have sent 7,500 bits of debris rocketing around Earth.

A dead Russian spacecraft almost crashed into a NASA satellite. The collision would have sent debr…

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NASA awarded $850,000 to a company that wants to pick up space trash the old-fashioned way — with bags

NASA awarded TransAstra nearly a million dollars for its concept of capture bags large enough to sc…

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A mystery rocket crashed into moon and left a 'double crater,' NASA says

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted a double crater on the moon from a spacecraft impact. S…

Paola Rosa-Aquino   


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Watch the moment a cosmonaut tossed a bag of parts into space but NASA said the space litter is harmless

The cosmonaut tossed an 11-pound bag of leftover equipment into orbit, but NASA is not concerned ab…

Jessica Orwig,Morgan McFall-Johnsen   


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A NASA helicopter took photos of wreckage from a rover that landed on Mars. It's yet another example of how humans are polluting other worlds.

The 4-pound chopper, the first aircraft to take flight on another world, snapped pictures of the Pe…

Paola Rosa-Aquino   


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I convinced my 4-year-old to throw out dozens of junk toys with a simple strategy

She taught her son that he needs to make room for Santa to bring him more toys, and he was enthusia…

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High-speed space junk risk prompts NASA to abruptly delay spacewalk on the International Space Station

Space junk orbiting Earth at dangerously high speeds keeps forcing the International Space Station …

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Space debris from a Russian missile test could disrupt Elon Musk's Starlink project to beam the internet from orbit

As the debris from the anti-satellite test spreads around the world, it could knock some of the sat…

Marianne Guenot   


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The International Space Station swerved to narrowly avoid Chinese space junk. A major impact would be a disaster.

The International Space station changed its course by about 0.7 miles on Wednesday to avoid the deb…

Marianne Guenot   


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Photos suggest SpaceX, NASA, and China space junk struck land. There's a 10% chance a person will be hit this decade.

Spacecraft and debris fall out of orbit and back to Earth every day. Much of it burns up in the atm…

Morgan McFall-Johnsen,Paola Rosa-Aquino   


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A Russian missile strike put 1,500 pieces of large space junk in orbit. Even debris as big as a baseball could kill astronauts.

The debris from a Russian missile test "risks astronauts' lives" and "the interests of all nations,…

Marianne Guenot   


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A US astronaut involuntarily set a record for time spent in orbit, after his mission home was aborted and added 6 months to his trip

Frank Rubio shattered the record for longest time on a single spaceflight by a US astronaut after t…

Marianne Guenot