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Two huge chunks of space junk almost collided over Earth

October 17th, 2020

A discarded Chinese rocket stage and a Soviet-era satellite nearly collided over Earth overnight. The collision would have created a huge amount of new space debris and made our current space junk problem even worse. As we continue to launch more and more satellites, the potential for space junk to impact crewed missions increases. In …

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Earth is surrounded by garbage, and it just keeps getting worse

October 8th, 2020

Space junk is a problem that just won’t go away, and it keeps getting worse. Debris orbiting Earth makes it difficult for space agencies and companies to launch missions, risking damage to spacecraft and humans in crewed missions. SpaceX’s Starlink satellite horde is making things even worse, according to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck. Space …

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NASA just hired SpaceX to figure out how to refuel ships in space

July 31st, 2019

Traveling to the Moon is hard, and sending crewed spacecraft to other planets will be even harder. One of the major challenges in deep space travel is the question of power, since, at present, spacecraft have to take all their required fuel with them when they leave Earth. NASA wants to change that, and in …

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Mars orbiter spots InSight lander chilling out on Martian surface

December 14th, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander is the new kid on the Martian block, and it’s already snapping selfies and telling its handlers back on Earth all about its new, dusty home. But it’s not the only piece of high-tech hardware with eyes on the Red Planet, and NASA used one of its other machines, the Mars Reconnaissance …